|Insignia Go Go Dress|
We were so excited when Elizabeth and Liz invited us to share with our Project Run & Play family. It prompted a 6 am MDT conference call between us three sisters (which is impressive since we live in 3 different time zones).
We are going to let you in on two secrets about three of us. One, we really aren't the tutorial type and two we are all broke. No really, no joke, broke as the lamp that we hid behind the couch when we were kids. We will always tweak some part of every project we do to make it fit, be amazing, or fill a closet need. It is an artistic over a scientific approach. We have a philosophy over here at Shaffer Sisters. Never, Never, Never quit until its a masterpiece. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel took 4 years to paint. So, don't feel like you've failed on a project, just keep going until it is complete!
One of the biggest frustrations we usually hear from our friends about sewing is that it is too expensive. It is hard wanting to justify spending a ton on fabric that your kid will only wear for a few months or in some instances weeks. You also don't want to spend the time on a project only to have it look homemade or be worn less time than the time you put in to it. As we tried to figure out what our "how to" post would be, we decided- "Go Bold on a Budget" was pretty fitting for what we seem to always be doing.
Fabric paint is a great way to get a custom look. Craft paint with textile medium is the perfect way to get just the right color. Depending on the texture of the fabric you may not want to follow the ratio on the textile medium, you may need to mix it thicker so your design doesn't bleed. For dark fabrics and light colored paints we have found a premixed fabric paint to be the best ( Martha Stewart paints example). For a custom stencil project, freezer paper (found in most grocery stores, next to the tinfoil) is an awesome tool. Commercial stencils are also a great option. Fabric markers work well for detail work, currently we are experimenting with Crayola markers.
|Surely Scarlet - Pok-a-dot Jeggings - Common Axis Top|
|Peplum Striped Top - Underwater Tee - You Drive Me Crazy Pants|
Up-cycled Clothing, Vintage linens and trim often leads to incredible jewels. With thrift store finds we have been able to find dramatic color schemes and unique fabrics for great prices. I especially love looking at the curtains, sheets, table cloths, and yep even shower curtains. You can get quite a bit of yardage for a great price from a thrift store.
|Thank Goodness Dress - Madame Principal Dress|
|Blue Skies Jumper - Surely Scarlet Skirt - Valentine's Date Tee|
Using contrasting colors and textures:
We love being bold in the way we combine fabrics: I used quilting here on the bib and back ties. My sisters have done an amazing job with fabric and design combos. I am still in the beginnings of getting brave with combing prints, so I hope you will check out some of their stuff.
|Susanna Shap Inspired Woven Dress - Rainbow Pillowcase Dress - Concentric Circles Dress - Leaf Monster Suit - Shindig Chevron - Tangerine Poppy Tunic - Waves of Summer Tunic|
In honor of our Bold on a Budget post, I got busy creating a look for Rouge that used as many of these techniques that we love as possible. I picked a few colors from the 2013 spring color collection. When I got home, I looked at my stash. I had nothing that matched our color scheme. But, as my husband asks, "Is nothing safe from a refashion in our house?" Nope, nothing. Who needs a top sheet anyway? Yep, I refashioned a twin sized sheet, with some notions, some fabric paint, a stencil and for the first time in 15 years, a pattern. I tried to incorporate all of the different "bold on a budget" themes, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Pattern:Simplicity 1742 - with alterations for the back cuff and ties.
Stencil: Purchased at Micheal's
Fabric Paint: Apple Green Martha Stewart
Piping: Purchased at Joann's