My BFF Megan (here is her blog) recently developed a passion for stamp-making. She went nuts going around making adorable, custom stamps for everyone with their favorite thing, she made me an AVOCADO! Anyway she offered to teach me her ways and we spent a rainy Sunday stamp-making and documentary watching for 8 HOURS! I love making stamps!!! I made a unicorn, a koala playing a ukulele and finally, my masterpiece, Snooki thinking about a pickle. The other day while dreaming about stamps I had an awesome idea! I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could just stamp a page every time I wanted to make a fashion drawing. Anyway, that’s what this post is about.
Firstly, you’re going to need supplies. I bought this kit at my local art store for about $14. It has a carving tool with two different heads and a sheet of rubber.
Then you’re going to need a pencil drawing. If you don’t feel comfortable freehand drawing one, that’s totally ok, you can trace one!
Cool! Now you need to transfer your drawing onto the rubber stamp material. You can do this by laying your drawing face down on the rubber and then rubbing the back with the side of your pencil like this:
Mine came out a little fuzzy, so I went through with a pencil and sharpened up the lines.
Now you’re ready to start carving! You need to leave a small ridge where all the pencil lines are. I started by doing the small detail work. After you get the outline you can start carving out the meat of it! Careful in small places! And then that’s it! You’re ready to start stampin’! You can mount your stamp on a piece of wood for more accurate and even stamping.
I recently made a dress that I really love and it wasn’t too hard to make so I thought I’d make a quick tutorial for it. Its a lovely, simple dress with a lot of opportunities to add your own design flair! Describing how to make a pattern through a tutorial is difficult but luckily it has a loose fit and an elastic waistband so its not crucial that its perfect. I will do my best to convey clear instructions and I hope that you love your dress! If you don’t want to make it you can buy it here, on my Etsy.
- 1 3/4 yds of a 60″ wide fabric. I used a soft rayon challis, anything flowy and drapey.
- 20″ of a contrasting rayon fabric. Again, anything flowy/drapey and at least 60″ wide.
- 1 yd 1″ wide elastic.
- optional: 1/4yd elastic for straps, piping, any other sort of trim you might want.
- First, cut your pieces. Below is an illustration on how to draft your pattern. (Click to enlarge)
- On the dress piece iron a crease from notch to notch, repeat for back piece. This crease will serve as a guide for the waistband elastic.
- Sew dress pieces together at sides.
- Wrap a piece of elastic snugly around your waist to measure. Sew elastic into a loop.
- Make 4 marks on the elastic dividing it into 4 equal parts, make 4 marks on dress as well.
- Pin elastic to dress on the wrong side of fabric dividing it into 4 equal quadrants.
- Zig zag stitch elastic to dress stretching elastic as you sew.
- Now you need to finish the neckline and armholes. You have some options, I used piping on the neckline and a rolled hem to finish the arm holes. This is a place where your creativity can come into play.
- Attach straps. To keep the boatneck effect I made my straps 6″, if you make them longer you are going to get a more drapey, slouchy neckline.
- Cut your contrasting fabric into 2 10″x60″ rectangles to make your ruffle pieces. Join pieces in a circle.
- The contrasting fabric is going to be gathered and sewn onto the hem of the dress piece. To do this, make 2 parallel rows of long stitches (3mm). Mark 4 equal sections on ruffle piece, make marks on bottom of dress.
- Pin the pieces together at 4 quadrants and pull bobbin strings to create ruffles and distribute them evenly.
- Sew the pieces together.
- Hem! Trim excess threads…and you’re done!!!!
- Wear with happiness!
After years of thinking about it, I have finally opened an Etsy shop! Its called Dreamboat Dresses and I’m selling some of my designs there so you should definitely go check it out. I am really really excited! I would love any feedback or suggestions or things you would like to see, let me know. I will be adding more items shortly. I hope you like it! Have a dreamy day.