It is no secret that I am looking forward to Spring/Summer, these Winters "Up North" are way too long! With my up-coming escape to Arizona nearing I decided it was time to work on some warm weather projects!
I absolutely can not wait to wear this skirt, it is the pefect harmony of my favourite Spring/Summer trends....stripes, bold color and fullness.
The original inspiration for this project came from this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress, which I'm pretty much obsessed with, but don't feel like spending almost $700 on. I'm thinking I may have to make the dress version of this project as well!
To do this project you have the choice to make the skirt from scratch or paint an existing white skirt. If you are going to make the skirt from scratch you will follow the sewing instructions on this post, but it will be easiest to paint the fabric before sewing.
Materials and Supplies
- Pre-washed White fabric (about 1m) or White Skirt (Natural fibres dye best)
- Paint brush
- Fabric Dye Paint (I use Jaquard Dye-Na-Flow, which can be purchased at Michaels or online at Dharma Trading)
- Plastic or Paper to layout under your fabric (or between the layers of your bought skirt)
1. Clear a large working space and put down a layer of plastic or paper on top. If you are working on a bought skirt also put a layer between fabric layers.
2. If you are making the skirt from scratch sew one side seam of your fabric together (if you are only using one wide piece of fabric skip this).
Lay out your fabric/skirt on the table with the "pretty side" of the fabric face up.
3. Determine ahead of time how wide you want your striped to be, how much space you want between them, and the order of the colors. You can either eyeball where you're lines are going, or use a ruler and mark down on your fabric with tailors chalk.
4. I started painting my lines from the middle of my fabric and worked my way from side to side. If all your fabric doesn't fit on you table just work section by section waiting for the dye to dry before moving on.
If you are painting a store bought skirt paint from one side seam to the other, painting the front first, allowing it to dry before moving on to the back.
If you are using the same paint brush for each color be sure to wash it well between colors!
5. Allow the dye to dry completely before heat setting. Do this according to the instructions on your dye. This will usually require you to either iron the fabric or put it in the dryer on hot for a certain amount of time.
If you are sewing the skirt yourself finish by following these instructions.
6. If your lines don't "line up" well on the second side seam you can touch them up using a bit more dye and a smaller brush.
The pink top shown here is another up-coming DIY project...it took me 10 minutes to make!
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