I had been planning t make this blue striped top for myself for some time, ever since I saw a link to this tutorial for a stripy top made with stamps.
I love the effect of the stripes made with stamps. I wish I'd come up with the idea myself. I have had my top cut out and ready to go for a few months, but didn't think there was any point making it up yet, since it wouldn't be worn until the weather warms up. I dug around for some pink jersey, and let Miss 7 go through my stamps to see which ones she preferred to use on her top. (There may have been some gentle coercion to help her pick the ones that I wanted to use for her in the first place.) Her top is the same pattern as her brother's top, but in the original size that I traced from his top. She also wanted more of a racer back, so I traced the back around her shoulder blades once I had sewn up her top.
Head on over to the tutorial to see the complete instructions for how to make one of these for yourself, but I've included a few photos of my steps below.
I cut all my fabric pieces first, and laid them out on paper. I found it easiest to mark where I wanted my stripes on the paper, then use those marks as a guide to line up the masking tape to block out the negative space.
For each top I used three different stamps: One larger, one medium, and one small.
|Applying more paint to my stamp|
The paint is the same white screenprinting paint that I've been using for my Alabama Chanin inspired designs (one, two, three and four). This time I wasn't using it just to cut it off again.
I started my stamping with the biggest design, then used the middle size stamp, and filled in the gaps with the smallest one.
I made my stripes wider and further apart than Miss 7. I was aiming for the same number of stripes, but my top somehow ended up way too long, despite cutting it from the same self drafted pattern that I have used many times before, so I trimmed it down by one stripe.
|I don't know why she's winking,|
but isn't that toothy grin cute?
I'd love to do something else using this technique, but think that more than one thing in the wardrobe like this might be a bit too much. What do you think?