I'm sewing a jacket for this winter's travels and planning to enter it into the PR Jacket contest. Sewing along with the contest participants is fun and helps me take my time with every step. My pattern is relatively simple, so I am adding a bit of fun to my project. I have been using the selvages as trim and I am also going to paint on the jacket.
Some readers have mentioned that they have not tried any surface design on the clothing they sew. They might worry about ruining a garment after spending all that time constructing it, or not know what technique would look good, or perhaps not feel competent in using the art materials.
The easiest way to start is to ... jump right in.
I am going to show you how super easy it is to silk screen your fabric.
You will need:
*a screen of your choice
*an old credit card
*water for cleanup
I love the screens in the photo. They have lasted 5 years so far, the size is easy to use for smaller areas, and I like supporting a local artist/designer rather than a corporation.
I included 2 brands of paint in the photo. Plaid brand is easy to find at hobby stores, and comes in a squeeze bottle. I like this brand, especially since I pack these supplies when traveling in the winter. The Jacquard brand is also a fine paint, but you will need to transfer it into a bottle.
1. Lay your fabric flat. If printing on a constructed garment put paper under the first layer in case the paint soaks through.
2. Put the screen flat on the fabric, making sure it is right side up. See, this one is labeled on the right side.
3. Squeeze the paint along the top, or the side, of the screen.
5. Swoosh the card, and set it aside.
6. Lift the screen straight up, without smearing the paint
8. Let the paint dry, and then set with an iron. I usually wait 24 hours. The paint is washable, and I suggest turning the garment inside out when running it through the washer. Mr. Biblioblog and I screen printed some tees 5 years ago, and his are fading only this year.
It is an easy technique, and the fun comes in using the screens in different ways. You don't need to use the whole screen, or even use one color of paint. You are also free to print over an existing print, layering color and design atop one another.
This is one of the techniques I will be using on my car coat which I'm making for the PR Lined Jacket contest. I am using a very plain fabric and will print some color onto it. Here is my last sample:
I hope I've sparked your interest in surface design. Let me know if you'd like to see more.