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I'm officially in love with the fabric I cooked up for my latest project!

I used to use fabric paint all the time to customise my ready to wear clothes but forgot almost all about it when I started to make my own. I've recently rediscovered this and I'm absolutely raving about the possibility to make my own unique designs!

I got the idea for this fabric while looking for inspiration for the perfect fabric match for my newest project. I stumbled across this very cute owl appliqué witch happened to have the colour of one of the fabric matches I was considering and I thought it would look cute on the dress together. I then got the craziest idea to create contrasting owls on the contrasting fabric pieces too.

To make this fabric I I traced the lines of the original appliqué I had on a plastic and cut out a template so I could easily paint a lot of these owls. I used gold, and green-blueish tints to make them. You can see the template in the picture below and owls in various stages of completion too. The trick is to use different layers of different colours to make up one design.

It took a lot of headaches and reverse fabric matching thinking to decide where all of these owls should go, since I did them directly on the pattern pieces I would be cutting out, but I think I did it! I drew the stitching lines on the good side of the fabric in chalk to match up the owls as efficiently as I could and I also drew up a matching aid on my dee through template to make sure I painted the owls on perpendicular to each other. I must say I'm very pleased with the result. The owls turned out cute, all of them unique since they were done by hand and O got to lazy to match them up perfectly witch gives them all their own personality.


I did almost ruin my fabric by following the instructions to fixate the paint. They wanted me to put the fabric in the oven for ten minutes. This luckily only resulted in a small piece of fabric witch came out slightly melted. Remind me to buy some decent cotton fabrics for once...

Sneak peak at the dress I'm constructing:




Also I've discovered the Hong Kong finish, experimenting with that too!



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Monday, 2 March 2015

Fabric Customisation

I'm officially in love with the fabric I cooked up for my latest project!

I used to use fabric paint all the time to customise my ready to wear clothes but forgot almost all about it when I started to make my own. I've recently rediscovered this and I'm absolutely raving about the possibility to make my own unique designs!

I got the idea for this fabric while looking for inspiration for the perfect fabric match for my newest project. I stumbled across this very cute owl appliqué witch happened to have the colour of one of the fabric matches I was considering and I thought it would look cute on the dress together. I then got the craziest idea to create contrasting owls on the contrasting fabric pieces too.

To make this fabric I I traced the lines of the original appliqué I had on a plastic and cut out a template so I could easily paint a lot of these owls. I used gold, and green-blueish tints to make them. You can see the template in the picture below and owls in various stages of completion too. The trick is to use different layers of different colours to make up one design.

It took a lot of headaches and reverse fabric matching thinking to decide where all of these owls should go, since I did them directly on the pattern pieces I would be cutting out, but I think I did it! I drew the stitching lines on the good side of the fabric in chalk to match up the owls as efficiently as I could and I also drew up a matching aid on my dee through template to make sure I painted the owls on perpendicular to each other. I must say I'm very pleased with the result. The owls turned out cute, all of them unique since they were done by hand and O got to lazy to match them up perfectly witch gives them all their own personality.


I did almost ruin my fabric by following the instructions to fixate the paint. They wanted me to put the fabric in the oven for ten minutes. This luckily only resulted in a small piece of fabric witch came out slightly melted. Remind me to buy some decent cotton fabrics for once...

Sneak peak at the dress I'm constructing:




Also I've discovered the Hong Kong finish, experimenting with that too!



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3 Comments:

At 8 March 2015 at 23:34 , Blogger Nothy Lane said...

I love your handpainted owls - and it looks great on your finished dress - but how do you wash it? Can you do a more in-depth tutorial? I would love to try my hand at this too.

 
At 8 March 2015 at 23:41 , Blogger Sarah Vandenbussche said...

I will try my hand on an in depth tutorial soon, I'll have to make some pictures though, so It'll take some time. As for washing, It's special paint and is supposed to last if you fixate it using an iron. I have several pieces of clothing that have kept well for a couple of years. The paint does tend to flake a bit after a while and It's best to wash the garment with cooler settings. (like 30° but I'm no washing expert :))

 
At 9 March 2015 at 06:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your owls. What brand of paint are you using?

 

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