Step 1: Materials Needed
Don't stop there though - go crazy decorating! Add jewels, appliques, iron on transfers - or as this instructable shows - screen printed floral border.
For screen prints you can use any type of t-shirt material. For iron on transfers, I have found that 50/50 t-shirt material is the best. Cotton tends to have too much "moisture" within it that the ink does not adhere well.
When in doubt, read the instructions on whatever image process you are using.
Step 2: More Advice
If you're using iron on transfers - make sure you're using a white or off-white t-shirt. Iron on's will not work with most other colors. Even if you're screen printing - make sure you're using OPAQUE inks for darker colors.
Again - read the fine print for the medium you're using.
Step 3: Fold the T-shirt
Step 4: Cut Out the "dress"
Step 5: What Length Do I Need?
If you are using my pattern - just move it up or down the length of the t-shirt. Use the t-shirt hem as your hem - no need to have extra sewing!
Step 6: Using a Yudu or Screen Print?
Prepare your screen print. I have provided you with the screen print image I used here:
Step 7: Position the T-shirt for Printing
The image I provided you also has some flowers along the top. This is because screens are too expensive and I use every inch of them. So if you want to use the other flowers for your border, just flip the screen so they're along the bottom.
You may need to tape off any image you're not using. I have become somewhat adapt enough to keep the ink only where I'm printing. Again, I am also cheap and do not waste any ink covering parts of the screen that do not have to be covered.
Line up the hem of the shirt with the border you choose to print.
Step 8: Adhere the T-shirt in Position
You do not have to print the entire border. Do your own thing and print as little or as much as you wish.
Step 9: Ink Your Screen
Step 10: Yippee - Boy Is It Pretty
Ensure that your ink is not drying as you re-position the t-shirt. In other words, don't dwaddle with changing the print area.
Step 11: Keep It Moving
Step 12: Do Not Forget to "heat Set" Your Ink!
If you do not do this, your ink will wash out.
Now you're ready to finish it up with the sewing part.
Step 13: Sew the Armholes
Iron on tape has two adhesive sides. Iron the first on, wait until cool, carefully remove the paper backing, fold into place, and iron one last time.
Sew along the finished edge.
Step 14: Make the Tie String Casing
Step 15: Make the Tie String.
Cut the material approximately 2" wide. Bring over to the iron, fold both edges in towards the middle, iron. Then iron the entire piece in half. Sew down the double edge.
Attach a safety pin to one end and thread through the casing you made on the t-shirt. When it is threaded through, tie a know on each end.
Do this on both sides of the dress.
Step 16: You're Done!
You can find a PDF file, the pattern, and the Yudu screen image all at my website
I will be adding more instructions as I make them. I will also be making more instructables on using iron-on's, screen printing, and more to embellish plain old t-shirts and other materials!
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