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The blog of designer-maker Laura Thompson who specializes in fibre art, including art dolls, bowls, art journals and artful clothing.  Creativity, kindness, understanding and patience. 



DIY Stamps for Fabric - Part 2

Last week I showed you how I made a series of simple stamps out of craft foam - (have a look here) . I used the stamps (a small, medium and large floral shape) to make some flowers that will be appliquéd onto a top I'm making in the style of the Alabama Chanin clothing I love so much.

I made my shirt out of a buttery soft, putty coloured knit. I did not use a pattern but cut out an elongated T-shirt (long enough to wear with leggings) with an asymmetrical shape. The left side has an all-in-one elbow-length sleeve. The right side in the same overall sleeve length, but extends straight down from the elbow, without any shaping. I cut and bound an oversized neck opening and the hem. 

I randomly scattered the flowers over both the front and back of the top. Once I was satisfied with the way they look, I pinned them into place and hand stitched them into place with heavy, cotton thread. 

The stitching more or less followed the inside of the paint line of the appliqué.

Here's a look at the front and back of the finished top. One side is a fitted T-shirt and the other is larger and more flowing. The elongated neckline extended slightly off the shoulder . . . .  for just a little bit fun!! Enjoy!