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Monday, March 21, 2011

Painted Stripe Skirt DIY

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.

All Done!!

The pink top shown here is another up-coming DIY took me 10 minutes to make!

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Lisa Fergus said...

I LOVE THAT DRESS TOO!! If I had your talent, I would be rich! (meaning I would never shop, I would just make everything I want! lol)

also, I never thanked you for the contest! Got my straps this weekend! So excited! THANK YOU!!! xo

Kristy said...

Wow, Natasha! This and the grey sheer maxi skirt have to got to be my favorite DIY projects you've made so far! This one looks so expensive and well-made! Gosh, if only I had the patience (and skill) to whip up something like this. You seriously should sell your DIYs on your Etsy shop :)

Judy C said...

The dress is definitely beautiful but I confess I enjoy your work more.

Reagan said...

So cute! I loved all the bright colors and stripes I saw shopping in Vegas but I'm with you--$800 for a pink, turquoise, and purple striped dress from Pucci? I don't think so!

JennaStevie said...

This is ammmmazing!! I really want to try this, such a gorgeous skirt.
Yeah winters are a little too long upnorth, first day of spring and it snowed here. Boo.

Rebecca said...

That is a great idea. I'm going to have to try this.

ChiccaStyle said...

You're very talented, I can understand your hard work ! I made handmade clothing so your idea is very good ;)!

Lili said...

I fell in love with a similar dress from Kate Spade for 2011, which also was too expensive. I really think I'm going to do this. It's such a great tutorial and it looks so easy! I'm so tempted ^^

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rlutz said...

you are just do that springy. Also great DIY top you paired it with!

Collette Osuna said...

Love the are going to look like a million buckeroos in it:)

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Sara K.S. Hanks said...

Oh my GOODNESS! This is genius, and the result is downright awesome.

Bre said...

GREAT outcome. This really makes me want to learn how to sew and even how to hold a pair of scissors correctly, ha ha.No but really I am sitting here absolutely amazed.

Snappy-Q said...

Oh Natasha! It is gorgeous!
I bet you are so excited to go to somewhere warm... I sure was when we went to Mexico.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That dress is amazing - I can see why you fell in love. But your skirt is equally wonderful. You did a great job in recreating the Marc Jacobs look.

myedit said...

Holy hanna! I like your version better... the painted stripes are sooo freaking awesome!
I need to do this! I suck at getting to me to do list but this is a beauty!

Ashley said...

I LOVE the dress, and I LOVE your diy skirt!!!! You are so very creative, Natasha!!!

aaez said...

wowza i'm so impressed!!

Rochelle Approved said...

That is an awesome skirt! Just a few hours after reading your post I saw that Marc dress in the April issue of Self magazine and it made me think of how well your skirt evokes the same image!

Pixie in Pumps said...

wow, Natasha, that skirt is beautiful! I love the vibrant color choices you made! So in the mood for spring and this is perfect. I might have to give this one a try.

Nuha said...

oh my goodness, I love it!!

KellyAnn said...

i am soooo impressed! great job, super idea!!!! you always amaze me with your ideas. i absolutely love the colors you chose!

Roxy Te said...

how fantastic!!! Stripe skirt me up please :)

Soccer Mom Style said...

Oh, wow, you know this is my favorite since it deals with fabric paints!!! Came out looking fabulous!
I'm loving it!!

Josie said...

What a great project! I love it!

Kimberellie said...

Natasha you are too clever! I give you my clever of the week award! I am SO going to do this!

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