How to Embroider a Basic T-shirt Dresscomments (8) September 9th, 2009
In the latest issue of SewStylish, we challenged three CraftStylish contributors to refashion a basic t-shirt dress into a personal statement.
Here, Jacquard fabric paint and a bit of embroidery turn this basic piece into a stunner. Embroiderer extraordinaire, Erika Kern, created this floral design that can be paired with black leggings or jeans for an effortlessly stylish look. For more from Erika, check out her blog, or her tutorials on CraftStylish. The paint helps stabilize the knit fabric, making this project super easy to stitch without the use of stabilizer.
1. Draw a rose motif. First, decide where and how big you want your rose to be. Using a photocopier, enlarge the template to the desired size. Using tailor’s chalk or carbon tracing paper, transfer the flower onto your garment. The shape of the flower should be organic, so don’t worry too much about making it perfect. To add visual interest, allow your flower to wrap around the side and over the edge of the dress. If you are concerned about getting the right shape, practice your flowers on scrap paper before you mark the top.
2. Paint the rose. Once you’re happy with the design for your dress, slide the cardboard into the dress, and start painting. The cardboard ensures that the paint won’t seep to the other side and onto the dress fabric. Use a nice, flowing stroke to paint the petals, allowing thicknesses to vary. Allow the paint to dry, and heat-set with an iron, as directed in the paint instructions.
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