Before you sew your dress, you need to make the art on the fabric. When using the fabric dye, if you color the fabric before you sew, the seams will come together better. There isn't a lot of sewing needed to make this dress. The art is the centerpiece. So grab your blank t-shirts and get ready to create a masterpiece!
Make the Art for your dress
- Cover your work area to prevent dye color ruining furniture. I like to spray dye on a card table on my deck.
- Start this art project by deciding on elements you want to include in the art piece. I wanted to include both words and flower cut outs. I wanted to use my own art and handwriting, so I created my own stencils. I hand cut flowers from freezer paper and then ironed the freezer paper flowers on. I also duplicated more of these flowers on my Cricut. To create the words I used my Cricut machine again. I'll share a Cricut how-to tutorial for making your own stencils later.
- Once your art pieces are ironed on to the fabric, spray dye color over the fabric. To created a layered color effect you want to literally layer the color. Spray one color and then another. Sometimes I let the color dry before adding another color. Sometimes I removed some art pieces between color changes and sometimes I added new art pieces.
- Make sure your fabric is completely dry before ironing on new pieces or you may end up with a funky iron stain… We are going to pretend I didn't stain my skirt… Can you see the iron mark?
- Continue adding art stencil and color layers until you are happy with the look. Rotate the shirt around so you don't have any color edges. This is not a quick process… Plan on a nice sunny day – all day – to create this color art. Remember this color effect is subtle and you can't really remove color. So, don't over color. But don't be afraid to add bright color.
- Experiment! You might want to try the dye effect on a plain Tshirt just to see how the dye reacts.
The words say:
Embrace Life Every Day
Remember to play.
I love how the colors mixed on the freezer paper when I first started. Once I was finished they were nearly black. I think I'll reuse them in another project… more fun later.