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