Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Painted and Stamped Pillow Case Dress

Mae Armstrong truly is one of the most talented people I know.  In the crafting world, I know a lot of people who are good at different things.  Some are talented bakers, chefs, or party planners.  Some are quilters or seamstresses.   Some are excellent card makers.  A few are good scrapbookers.   Mae just seems to be good at everything!  I love this pillow case dress that she made for her niece - it's perfect for the season, don't you think?   Today she shares a tutorial on how to make this dress.   Adapt and make it yours with different fabric patterns, colors and stamps! 

Start off by measuring the size for the pillow case dress.   Then prepare the freezer paper initial cutout using your Silhouette SD machine, or whatever you have!

Wrap the fabric on the board (it can be any type of board).  Mae did this process to prevent the fabric paint from sticking to my table.

 Wrap and secure with painter's tape.

Iron the freezer paper stencil and make sure all sides are secure.

Start filling in the center of the cutout.  Mae picked a Tulip soft fabric paint with glitters.  Don't girls love anything sparkly? 

Let the fabric paint dry for a few hours. Then start stamping your image on to the painted area.  Mae used PSA Essentials Skelanimals Chip & Friends Peel and Stick stamp set.

Mae used Yellow Owl Workshop stamp pad. Thought I would give it a whirl.

A side note about this ink.  Mae did a lot of research and says she thinks she found true love!  Since she works with fabric all the time, she thinks it's worth getting the ink pad just for that purpose.  

 Here's the stamped initial.

 After letting the painted and stamped initial dry. Start adding the elements to the pillow case dress.

Mae added a cute fabric trim and did a simple French seam.

 Pin all sides of the dress right side up in preparation for French seam.

 Sew all around and turned it over and iron and sew the back side completing the French seam style.

 After sewing all the sides, Mae used a garter to create the neck ruffle.

Mae created her own bias that matches the bottom trim of the dress. Pin around the arm holes and sew making sure you are catching both sides of the bias.

Sew all the way through the end of the bias.

After finishing the dress, Mae did a simple back stitch around the initial.  The design looks polished with the black border around it.

How cute is this?!  I bet her niece is going to love it.  Can't wait to see some pictures of her wearing it. 

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