See tutorial after the jump.
What I used:
- For this dress, I used McCall's pattern M6028 because it had one continuous panel for the front and contrasting side panels similar to Mondo's look. You could also very easily do the same inkblotting process for a shirt or skirt.
- Fabric paint
- Small paintbrush
- Scrap cardboard or newspaper to prevent staining your work surface
- Fabric (I used white jersey knit)
- Test a small piece of your fabric with fabric paint so you know what to expect. Different application methods yield different designs (dots / blobs / lines / etc.) - experiment on your scrap fabric to get the look you want.
- Work on one small section of the dress at a time and allow to dry before moving on to the next section. This will help prevent smudging or misalignments.
- When applying, be cognizant of where the ink blobs will fall. For example, you might want to call attention to areas like your collar or waist but not your hips (or, there's no pleasant way to say this, your lady parts).
1. Set up materials and work surface: fabric on scrap cardboard with paint and brush (dress panel has 1st section completed and dried - forgot to photograph application - sorry)
2. Apply paint to section.
To prevent accidental ink blobs, it's a little easier to apply paint to 1 half of the dress and then fold the dry portion over top.
Using the existing paint bottle, the easiest patterns to make are dots or lines. For bigger blobs or continuous strokes, I used my paint brush to join my dots / lines.
If you want more application control, I think using one of these squeeze bottles with fabric paint would work well.
3. Fold dry portion over painted portion, carefully aligning your fabric so that your design is centered.
Lightly blot (I used my fingers to gently tap down on the paint) to spread the pattern.
4. Unfold and let dry.
Each section takes about 4 hours to dry so this is definitely a multi-day project.
5. Repeat application and drying process for each section.
6. For the remainder of the garment, I just followed the sewing instructions for my pattern.
I showed this in my previous post, but the inkblot dress can be quite versatile (I especially like pairing it with red):