March 01, 2011

Petal Tee for Spring

I think I am more anxious for spring to come than I have ever been.  I even decided it was time to work on some spring clothing.  Here's a t-shirt I just made for spring.  I call it the "petal tee."  It was fun and easy to create.

I bought a plain t-shirt and then got out my Tulip fabric paints.  I didn't have purple, so I used red, blue, and white to get the colors I wanted.  I used my Tulip fabric paint brushes.  I also used some lavender-colored organza, but we'll get to that later.  I put freezer paper between the front and back of the shirt so the paint wouldn't bleed through.

I started by mixing my paints to get lavender.  Then I brushed it onto the shirt in a random pattern.  I made the shapes like petals, but I didn't worry about them looking a certain way.  They were all different shapes and sizes.

Then I kept mixing paint, creating different shades and adding more petals to the shirt.

Lastly, I took my darkest shade of purple and added some water to it.  I painted more petals and those petals looked more like watercolor.

See?  They are much more faint, but they give the shirt some dimension.

Once everything was dry and I had heat set the paint with an iron I cut out little petal shapes from my organza fabric.  These petals must be sealed so they don't fray.  All you have to do is hold them close to a flame and the edges will melt a bit.  Rotate the petals until the entire circumference has been melted.  (You could also use a knit fabric, which doesn't fray so you wouldn't have to worry about it.  I wanted something more light and airy so I chose the organza.)

Then  I sewed them onto the shirt, layering them over the painted petals.  (If you don't have a sewing machine you could sew them on by hand.  There weren't that many to sew - probably 10-15 petals.)

And now I have a new t-shirt for spring. 

Now all I need is some warm weather......well, that and a tan :)
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