Cut out or not cut out?  That was the question.
I decided it would be easier to see what was what if I cut the pieces of the bodice out before painting them.

To keep the rather slippery fabric still I taped them to card, found the stencil I wanted and the Markals oil sticks.

Edwardian Dress 4

Edwardian Dress 5Q

Edwardian Dress 6 copy


Markals are oil paint in stick form and perfect for fabric decoration.  It takes a little practise, a steady hand and nerves of steel.
It couldn’t go wrong, there is no spare fabric (don’t ask, not my fault, more mis-sold with marks that I wasn’t expecting and had to cut around).

 I used two colours – silver and charcoal, blending the two colours as I went along.

Edwardian Dress 7

Edwardian Dress 8

Edwardian Dress 9

Edwardian Dress 10

Edwardian Dress 11

Leave for 48 hours, iron well (cover with parchment paper and use a hot iron) and then they are fixed permanently.


2 thoughts on “Painting the bodice.

  • 15/07/2014 at 5:06 pm

    Looking good! I am doing flames on my gown for Fashion Sans Frontiers.
    Will you be at FOQ? You should give your name to Wendy Gardiner for FSF next year!

  • 16/07/2014 at 8:25 pm

    Its beautiful. You must indeed have nerves of steel to do that!

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