So, today it’s my turn to take over on the DIY Bloggers Fashion Week with my creative ode to the Spring/Summer 2012 shows. The fashion statement in question? Like Carly, I chose to sartorially say it with flowers, as it were, and looked to London Fashion Week for my inspiration. My entry is a hand-crafted version of Matthew Williamson’s floral printed blouse:
You will need
A white top or blouse (mine was a converted muumuu – £7, charity shop buy)
Screen printing kit (mine was by Artrain and cost about £3 from Ebay)
Iron and ironing board
Lots of plastic carrier bags
Computer – with Photoshop installed – and a printer
Water for rinsing brushes, also a tub of water for soaking and washing screens after use
Paintbrushes – ideally with a small, fine tip
Metal 30cm ruler
Fabric paints in the following colours(I recommend Pebeo opaque fabric paints, £3.99 at Hobbycraft and worth it because they’re not runny like many other fabric paints ):
About 1-1.5 hours to trace each screen.
About 12-15 hours for screen printing/ blending/ linear pattern painting
About 30 minutes for ironing and preparation
Don’t be put off but I found this a tricky one and I learnt quite a bit on the job. It might have been down to my choice of equipment (the method in my madness was to avoid forking out £50-80 for a professional screen printing kit and not having access to a printing studio – unless you count my bedroom!) A word of warning – screen printing’s a very messy business so take extra care to protect clothes and furniture!
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