The silk skirt has languised in my wardrobe for years and I am about to attend two occasions which may require evening wear. The skirt was always much too big and I never got around to altering it. This is a relief because I have been getting a little hefty of late and now it fits....and nothing else does.
I had damaged a lettering stencil whilst cutting it for a client and as it was a custom job I felt I could not put it in the sale bin. The text is in French and describes moonlight, and birds in the trees so I felt it was an apt choice to combine with a Chinoiserie stencil of branches, birds and flowers.
I stenciled the skirt with many colours so that I should always have a top and shoes to match it. I also wanted to use many of the colours from our new Lumiere range of metallic and pearlescent paints.
This is how I stenciled the skirt.
Firstly I sprayed a light mist of Spraymount repositioning adhesive over my work table then smoothed the largest area of skirt onto it. The Spraymount stops the fabric from moving when stencilled. The back of the stencil was also sprayed lightly and evenly then it was pressed onto the silk.
Work the lightly loaded brush onto paper towel (see photo above) until the tips of the bristles carry moist paint not wet. Do this using a circular motion. Stencil brushes are flat, round and should have flexible bristles. Do not risk spoiling the project by not using the right tools.
The text from the custom stencil was applied over and under the Chinoiserie designs.
As each area was stencilled I repositioned and re-smoothed the fabric onto the slightly tacky surface of the table. In the picture above I am masking areas of the design with tape. This is to prevent me stencilling into these areas.
When finished I dressed Matilda the mannequin in it and took pictures...just incase I don't get any of me wearing it.