Monday, March 21, 2011

Have you tried a new technique lately?

Do you typically sew the same things over and over, sticking to your tried and true patterns and techniques?  Or are you just starting out, so almost everything you do is new and exciting territory? 

Either way, I'm passing along Sewingmama's March Challenge to go try a new technique.  I'm really enjoying the challenges as they make me step outside of my comfort zone and do things that might not be on my to do list.    March was hard because I've been sewing a long time, and even if I'm not always successful, I've tried many different things, so I finally settled on freezer paper stencilling. 

If you haven't tried it, you really should.  The results are really quite fabulous!  Basically, you trace your design onto freezer paper and then cut out around it with a craft knife.   Then, you iron the paper onto your fabric and paint inside the stencil.  When your paint dries, peel off your freezer paper, and you have something like this:  (Warning: really poor picture ahead.)

I used metallic silver fabric paint and stencilled onto an adult size small t-shirt.  I'm going to cut the t-shirt into a tank dress or night gown for Allie.  I'm pretty sure she will like it. 

There are tons of tutorials out there for how to do this, so if you think you might like to do something like this, a quick google search will get you started.  To find my image, I googled "free silhouette clip art."

1 comment:

  1. I had a really hard time trying to come up with a new technique, too. I've tried just about everything! The things I haven't required more time than I have this month (tailoring a jacket, pad stitching, etc.). ONe day I will get to them.