DIY Printed Fabric Dress
Difficulty: Easy / Intermediate
Time: 3 days to paint (1 hour of actual painting) and dry. ~3 hours for the dress.
Pattern: My favorite bodice pattern McCall's M5972 (adjusted width this way, shortened torso to ribs in hopes of being big-lunch-friendly), self-drafted skirt (just a gathered rectangle), and tan pockets to minimize pocket show-through (nice tip from Kelly!)
- Fabric (I used 100% cotton twill from Joann's here, 57" wide, 2 yards)
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (here)
- Paint sponge
- Paint palette (I used a plastic lid)
- Stencil - Martha Stewart "Tendrils"(here)
1. Try your stencil, paint, and paintbrush out on a scrap piece of your intended fabric. Try out different methods / materials / positioning until you find something you like.
2. Cut out your dress pattern pieces.
3. Position your stencils onto your cut pieces of fabric. I taped the corners to make sure they didn't move around too much during the painting process.
Stencil Set-Up and Painting
4. Lightly dip your brush into the paint and remove excess.
Note: With the Tulip Soft paint, I found you did not have to wet your brush prior to painting. This actually made a giant mess and caused the stenciled design to bleed.
5. Paint. I dabbed my paint in to saturate the color, but use whatever method you liked from Step 1. Per the paint directions, dry flat for at least 4 hours (mine dried overnight). Fabric may be washed after 72 hours.
- I highly recommend rinsing your stencils immediately after each use. I neglected to do this and now have paint-gooped stencils.
- I also recommend doing small sections at a time and then allow to dry.
Looking forward to finding more fun stencils for future projects :)