Friday, 19 July 2013

DIY Feather Print Shirt



I apologise for my absence on the DIY tutorial front but this Friday I am back with a new one! I made this shirt quite a while ago (before the UK heat wave) on a sheer cotton baggy shirt from Primark. It's a little warm to wear long sleeves right now but you can apply the same technique to a vest top or light tee. 


Using the same steps as outlined in my Aztec Printed Tee tutorial (have a look for step by step images) I made a feather stencil from two small pieces of thin foam board. I sketched out a feather design very lightly onto the foam and used a sharp pair of scissors to cut out the design. Attaching this to another piece of foam board gives me the stamp we need to get the printed effect. 

You can use a sharp pencil to create grooves in your feather to make the outcome more realistic. The idea here is to stamp faded and imperfect feathers. I wanted the finished shirt to have a 'worn' look about it so it helps that each feather is slightly different in tone. 

Spread out your shirt or tee and pop some cardboard inside to protect the back. Paint up your stencil with black fabric paint, press lightly onto scrap paper to get rid of the majority of the paint, then press firmly on to your shirt. I printed each feather at various angles. I waited until the front was completely dry before attempting the sleeves. And again, waited until everything was dry until flipping the shirt over and continuing to print all over the back. 


Leave your shirt to dry overnight before giving it a quick iron to seal in that fabric paint. You can now wear and wash your shirt! I get lots of compliments when I wear this and it's great to tell people I made it myself.

x

*To see more DIY tutorials from This Fashion is Mine, check out the DIY Fridays Archive.


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24 comments

  1. This is an amazing idea, can't wait to give it a go myself!!

    Ashley xo

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  2. This is such a clever idea, so simple to do but looks amazing! xxx

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  3. What a great idea! I LOVE feathers, i need to do this on everything! haha! xx

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  4. Such a good idea! I feel the need to update some old tshirts now! xx

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  5. This is such an amazing idea!
    Clever clogs.
    Definitely have to try this.

    darlingsophie.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. It's looks great, I love feather prints. I would buy that shirt.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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  7. love this!

    Sarah
    xoxo

    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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  8. I like this, I've already done it after this post http://sincerelykinsey.blogspot.com/2012/10/feather-tee-diy-inspiration.html

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  9. Amazing idea! I wonder if I can do this myself haha seems easy, but I'm such a ditz when it comes to DIY :P

    xo runbarbierun.com

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  10. Wow, I would never have thought of this! Great idea, great "new" shirt:)

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  11. This is so so pretty! xxx


    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. You are amazing! I would never get the idea to make a shirt like that :))

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  13. So pretty! I would be so worried about ruining it though haha! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  14. Pretty :) You are genius :) You have a new follower from Hungary .....
    Janka

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  15. this looks great! i wouldn't have thought you did it yourself!

    www.article21.co.uk

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  16. Whoa!!!!!!! That's super duper cool!!!!

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  17. OMG this is amazing. I'm definitely giving this a try it looks so simple and chic. Thank you for sharing. c:

    xo.Janiecy.xo|A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xo, Janiecy

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  18. Looks awesome! I must try this xo

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  19. This is so coool!
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  20. this is gorgeous, you're so talented!

    Lisa xo

    www.thatsdamnprecious.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. This is adorable! I absolutely love it and will definitely be trying.

    Marlene Detierro (Kiwi Fruit)

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