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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