The second I saw today’s Free Design of the Day, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! A dress for my daughter. I was so set on the idea in my head that I knew I had to make the dress from scratch to get it to look just right. However if you would like to make one too, this could very easily be accomplished on a store bought dress as well.
To get the border look I started with a 9″x27″ art board with no cutting mat selected. The skirt was 23″ wide, but I wanted it to look like yardage fabric, so the design needed to go past the edge. I chose 9″ wide because that is the width of the Silhouette Stencil Vinyl.
I then opened the design file in Silhouette Studio and resized it to 3″ tall (while keeping the aspect ratio box clicked). I then rotated it 90 degrees clockwise and, using the replicate window, repeated it several times until it was the length needed to cover the entire bottom of the skirt. Then I grouped all of the trees together and using the replicate tool again I mirrored to design to the right. That way I had a border for the front and back of the skirt. I spaced the two columns apart a little so I had a nice border around it all to protect the fabric while painting.
I loaded up the Stencil Vinyl in my machine (no mat needed, just use the load media option) and cut out the design using the blade length suggested by Silhouette Studio.
After the design was cut I used my little Silhouette Hook and peeled away all of the trees, leaving behind a perfect stencil. Following the directions that come with the Stencil Vinyl, I used the transfer paper to move the stencil from the backing paper onto my fabric. I currently have a cold and I’ve been a little off lately, so instead of centering the design on the bottom of the skirt and possibly messing up, I eyeballed it on a long piece of matching fabric that I later cut straight and attached (you can see the seam line above the design). However if I had been myself, I would have centered the design on the bottom of the skirt and using the Scraper Tool pressed down firmly before removing the transfer tape.
Just to be safe I always use a sponge brush like the one that is included in the Fabric Ink Starter Kit, and dab the Fabric Ink on to the stencil instead of using brush strokes. That way I don’t accidentally peel up the stencil while painting the fabric. I let the first layer of paint dry just a teeny bit and then I go over it all just once more in case I missed a spot. I wait about 15 minutes or so to remove to stencil (using the hook again) and then “Ta Da” it’s done!
I am so in love with how this dress came out, I’m already dreaming up a pink one with dinosaurs all over the bottom for my niece too (my sister loves dinosaurs). I think my daughter already has a bunch of ideas too.
The Stencil vinyl really does make it so simple to personalize every sewing project, or even just a simple dress that needs that “something more”