Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest Post | Mermaid Dress DIY from Kate

I asked Kate Gabrielle from Scathingly Brilliant, one of my absolute favorite bloggers, if she could do a DIY post whilst I'm busy moving - and this is what she came up with!

For my DIY post, I was inspired by Kailey's love of mermaids! I decided to create something that mimicked the pretty scaled pattern on a mermaid's fins, and came up with this easy peasy stamped dress project!

You'll need: a white cotton dress (or shirt, or skirt), two bottles of fabric paint (your main color and white), a wooden block (I stole one from my little brother's old block set), scissors, a compass, a piece of craft foam, a paintbrush and some free time.

1. With the compass, draw a half-circle onto your foam. You want it to be about the same width as the wooden block.

2. Using the half-circle as your guide, sketch in the rest of your scallop with pencil, and then cut it out.

3. Glue the piece of foam to the wooden block, making sure that the ends of the scallop are even with the top. (It's okay if the bottom of the scallop doesn't quite reach the bottom of the block :)

4. Make sure you have cardboard or something under your dress so the paint won't seep through to the back side! Then put a thin layer of fabric paint on your stamp using a paintbrush.

5. Starting at the top of the dress, stamp your first scallop. Then repeat the pattern underneath, with the next two scallops meeting in the middle of the one above.

6. For each new row, mix a little bit of white fabric paint with your other color to achieve the gradient look. This was an important part of my project because I knew that I didn't want to stamp the skirt (the gathering at the waist would have just been way too tricky to maneuver!) so I wanted it to fade to white before it hit the skirt.

7. Let your dress dry for a few hours (I let mine dry for 24 hours before I wore it, although it felt dry much sooner) and voila! You now have a brand new dress that would make any mermaid proud! :)

            You can find Kate Gabrielle sharing her love
            of pastels, cats, hayley mills, and DIY
            projects at Scathingly Brilliant, and don't
            forget to check out her etsy shop!
            Thank you again Kate ♡!

 

65 comments:

  1. How creative! I love the way it turned out :)

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  2. omg this is so perfect! <3___<3

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  3. It's so pretty, and very creative! x

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  4. I love this, especially how it fades as it progresses. :)

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  5. This SO adorable and creative!

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  6. Amazing Guest Post! Great DIY Work ,looks perfect!
    i´m a new Follower

    Lovely Greetings from Austria ♡

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  7. One of the best guest posts I've seen! And such a cute DIY project! Thank you for sharing Kailey and Kate Gabrielle :)

    Melanie
    thosethingstheysaid.com

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  8. Thank you for hosting this amazing Kate Gabrielle's DIY project!
    Totally one of my favorite dress ever!
    xxxxx

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  9. oh whao this is totally cool!! love it! <3

    xoxo, sundaesins.blogspot.com

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  10. wow lovely idea :) thanks for sharing <3 do check my blog may be we follow each other
    www.beautifullflavya.blogspot.com

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  11. This is so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. This is a wonderful DIY and shirt!
    Love the colours you used, Gabrielle.

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  13. This turned out so good! I love how easy and simple it is but how much it transforms the dress! Thanks for sharing! My wheels are turning thinking of all of the possibilities... :)

    http://subjectivelysimple.blogspot.com/

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  14. Oh, intriguing :D I might try this some day.

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  15. What a beautiful idea- the result is lovely. Will certainly be checking out Kate's blog :) x

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  16. It looks amazing, I would have never guessed that print was done by hand.

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  17. Such a cute idea! I would love to try this out!
    ~Sara
    sarastrauss.blogspot.com

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  18. Really cute idea! I have this boring white tank I've been trying to figure out what to do with-- thanks for the inspiration!

    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

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  19. Oh my gosh so cute Kate! I LOVE this idea!

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  20. Kate, this is lovely! :) Love it!!

    Mia
    http://miaa-moore.blogspot.com

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  21. omg this is the cutest dress ever!!

    http://alicebeablog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. now I have to sew /buy a proper dress to do this! Oh my, its so freaking adorable! :D

    Liebe Grüße!

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  23. this is adorable. i want to try this with turquoise paint and a white tank top!!!

    - Rima
    http://www.bolubyrima.com

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  24. this is so wonderful! i can't wait to give it a go.

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  25. Oh gosh! This is gorgeous!

    brighton-girl.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. gorgeous! it would be awesome to do this on the bottom of the dress fading upwards so its like a mermaids tail

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  27. brilliant idea and it seems easy enough for a non-crafty gal like myself.

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  28. how cue is this?! i love the fade in color as i gets towards the bottom!

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  29. Aww so cute! ^..^ SO appropriate for you too, you would look so cute in this dress! :) I hope you have a safe and happy move! :) x

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  30. Also, Kailey - love your blog! Following you now. :)

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  31. That turned out so adorable! SO CUTE!

    ♥Sarah♥
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  32. what a gorgeous diy... and now i have found your blog and i love it!

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  33. OH my god. This is one of the best DIY's I've seen! And I have some pink fabric paint.... :):):):)

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  34. Oh. My. Goodness. This is AMAZING!!!! I'm in awe! :D

    Love,
    Aya

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  35. Hey Girl,

    I am a big fan of mermaid and I just found your blog, I love it !
    <3<3<3

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  36. thats actually so smart! the look is so clean in the end, it looks like such an awesome fabric! i imagine doing the same thing on a skirt would look pretty rad as well :)

    Check me out!
    calurvillade.blogspot.com
    Paolina

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  37. This is lovely!
    Danielle x
    daniellecurio.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Wow, this is awesome! The scallop gradient for each row is the best part.

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  39. This is so cool, how did you even make it that symmetrical?

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  40. Wow, I'm super impressed with this DIY - how awesome! Also, did you check out my latest giveaway? Everyone who enters wins a $15 virtual gift card to Inpink jewelry!

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  41. That is sooo freakin' cool! The end product is sooooo beautiful! Love the color.

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  42. I LOVE this! I really need to give stamping clothing a try. It seems like so much fun.

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  43. oh WOW very cute idea!!!! :D

    love, polly

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  44. What a great guest post, such a fantastic idea!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  45. wow your blog is so beutifull I love love ypour blog, fallowing right n´now!

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  46. So in love with this tutorial! I NEED to try this!!

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  47. What a beautiful dress! Amazing xo

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  48. i love it i love it! the gradient is swell. mermaid love! lol

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  49. You guys are so inspiring, I had to make myself a mermaid dress.

    Have a look :) http://pineneedle-collective.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/diy-mermaid-dress.html

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  50. Love the graduating effect! Really elegant!

    Charley xo
    http://chiccheat.co.uk

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  51. Oh, this is beautiful - I picked up a white sundress in a sale a while back that I was intending to tie dye or something, but I may end up doing something like this...maybe with a potato instead of a fancy-schmancy woodblock, but whatever.

    http://gammacamera.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. hiiii girl!!!
    very ver nice!!!!
    congratulations of Brazil!!!

    xoxo

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  53. This is so pretty, I want to try it :)

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  54. This stuff is down t earth, hats off buds out there.
    Mermaid Dresses

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  55. What colours would you suggest with a teal and black skirt? Cheers!

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  56. molto bello!!!
    candiedfruits.wordpress.com

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