In Australia, you really have to go out of your way to find good fabric and sometimes standard fabric too. And when you find it, you pay through the nose. I was just looking for some simple cotton jersey to make some t shirts, but at Spotlight, I could only find polyester jersey or great blends, but all in weird colours. As I can buy a new t shirt from Kmart for $4, it really wasn’t worth hunting down the fabric and then making the t shirt myself. But one of the main problems with buy RTW is that is often isn’t exactly what you want. What I wanted was a boyfriend style loose t shirt, so I thought that a mens shirt would be a better option, then I could alter it to fit. I came home with this mens 4XL t shirt.
I lay the shirt down, inside out, and traced around my favourite t shirt. Then, I took to it with the overlocker. I was going to check the fit, then cut and hem the top to the desired length and shape (I was thinking a high low hem).
When I saw the top after this step, I realised it was almost a dress. A bit short, but ok with leggings or tights and changed my mind, for the moment, as to the destiny of this garment.
White is great for a t shirt, but a bit plain for a t shirt dress. So I combined this with something else I’ve wanted to try for a while, fabric paint stamping. I’ve seen quite a few projects with stamped fabric and garments using self carved stamps. As I neither had the tools required or the skill, I cheated. I raided my daughters foam sticker collection and found some pegasus stickers. With his wings removed, and a few stacked on top of one another, I had this cute horse stamp.
I gather my supplies and started stamping. I wanted the fabric paint to match my Autumn/Winter palette, so I mixed acrylic paints to the desired colour and then added equal parts of a fabric fixative. In hindsight, I should have started at the back, instead of the front, as it took me a few attempts to get the hang of stamping a clean and clear image.
After I finished stamping the dress, I left it to dry for 24 hours. The fabric fixative instructions recommend fixing the paint by ironing the fabric, but as I was feeling lazy (something new and different for me), I threw it in the tumble drying for 30 minutes instead. So, we’ll see if that fixes the paint or not.
And here’s the finished product. I had to wait for the weather to be cool enough to wear this, and we got rain! I’m not sure if this will stay a dress or not, time will tell.