I don’t know whether it’s my never ending love for polka dots or that I was simply born in the wrong era when it comes to fashion. I could live in high waisted skirts, strappy halter tops, floppy sunhats, form fitting sundresses, polka dots, floral designs, shift dresses and stilettos. But since I clearly am not living in the 50’s, the only thing I can do is bring a little 50’s to my wardrobe. I always lean towards staple clothing items that I know will stand the test of time. I stick to neutral colors, solid materials and simple patterns so that I can incorporate the latest fashion trends in the form of jewelry, scarves and others accessories. But I was getting pretty bored with some of my items so I decided to add a little love to them. First I decided to make a pair of heart stamped pattern pants that I absolutely LOVE. Check out the tutorial HERE. Next up, I decided to sacrifice one of my plain sweaters to the DIY gods. I made my own fabric paint and with a simple Q tip and some scrap cardboard I was ready to go.
You Will Need:
-clothing item of your choice
-acrylic craft paint in color of your choice
-gel medium (found at most craft stores)
-stiff card stock or cardboard
Step 1. Mix equal parts craft paint and gel medium. This will make the acrylic paint softer and similar to fabric paint and will not dry and flake off.
Step 2. Cut a simple diamond shape from stiff paper. The bigger the diamond the farther apart and fewer polka dots you will have. This is personal preference.
Step 3. Start dabbing! If you are nervous about starting, then practice on an old scrap piece of fabric. Once you are ready for the real deal, start at the back of the shirt near the bottom so by the time you get to the front of the shirt (which is most noticeable) you will be much more confident in your Q-tipping abilities!
Since the cut of my sweater was similar to a baseball T with a seam along the shoulders I decided to only pattern the body and the cuffs of the arms. I love how it turned out!! It’s the perfect spring sweater to pair with boyfriend jeans, jean shorts or comfy leggings. And if your closet holds more colorful items and you prefer daring pieces then go crazy with your paint colors too!
Fashion changes, but style endures. ~ Coco Chanel