Spins & Needles 5-year anniversary party was awesome! I’ll be writing up a post about the party later this week when we get all our fun photos back, including those from our makeshift “travelling” photobooth.
The most popular project at the party was definitely the dazzle camouflage stencil t-shirt, which fit in so well with the exhibition we linked up with for the party at the War Museum: Camouflage: From Battlefield to Catwalk, which looked at the influence of camouflage in war, art and fashion.
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know one of the things I loved about the exhibition was its coverage of a non-traditional form of camouflage: dazzle camouflage, which consists of bright colours and contrasting diagonal lines (influenced by modern art and Cubism). Its such a great twist on the traditional green, brown and black motif.
And with military being “in” this spring, here’s one way you add a different sort of pattern to your wardrobe and still stay true to the trooper in you.
Here we go:
Masking tape/painter’s tape (different widths)
Fabric paint (black, but any colour will do)
Thrifted plain white t-shirt
1. Slide the piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt to keep paint from bleeding from the front side to the back side.
2. Add pieces of tape to create diagonal lines. Use different widths and different angles. Trim the ends of the tape to get straight lines.
3. Dip your sponge brush in the fabric paint. Dab at the spaces where the fabric is exposed. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. Add a second coat if you need to.
4. After the paint is completely dry, pull the tape off the shirt. (If you pull the tape off before it dries, you risk lifting the paint, too). Use a hair dryer if you want to speed up the drying process.
THE END! Before washing, don’t forget to heat set your fabric paint (i.e. throw in the dryer on high heat for 5-10 minutes, depending on the instructions on your paint container).
BTW you don’t necessarily need to use black ink – try mixing it up with purple or dark pink. And the great thing about the pattern is that you can create so many variations of it – all you need to do is change up how you position the masking tape. I’m working on applying this pattern to a thrifted plain yellow cotton summer dress I picked up at Sally Ann this weekend.
This photo from Bernice Joy R from lookbook.nu is one great way of styling it.