Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crafty Chica Design Team

As a blogger and a crafter, I love to see what other blogger/crafters are up to. One of my favorites is The Crafty Chica herself, Kathy Cano-Murillo! Recently she has added new items to her Crafty Chica product line at select Michaels stores. When I saw her post to join the Crafty Chica Design Team I filled out the form right away. A few days later I received a confirmation email stating I was on the team! Since there were no Michaels stores in my area carrying the new line of products, I receive a complimentary "Iron & Embellish Flocked Transfers". 

I received this complimentary product from CraftyChica.com as part of the Crafty Chica Design Team and was asked to share an original DIY project. 

Immediately I knew these transfers were going to become part of a shiny new shirt! This shirt: 


Here's how I went about creating this fun new shirt: 


I was inspired to create a shirt to go with this skirt my mom made me. I've worn all different tanks with this, but I've been wanting something more stylish to go with it for a while.

First step: Iron on the Flocked Transfers to desired fabric following instructions on transfer packet. 


                          
Next step(s): Embellishments


I started coloring my fabric using Crafty Chica Permanent Fabric markers.


I decided to embroider black lace onto the dress of the Bride to create more texture for my fabric patch. 


Then I added tea stained lace to the veil.



And colored in the dress so that the black lace didn't completely fade out the outline of the dress. 


Being a beader, I couldn't resist adding seed beads to the headpiece and creating an actual pearl and chain necklace for the bride. 


I completed the couple by coloring in the groom's clothing.

Following steps: Shirt Reconstruction


I always find that I loose my shape just wearing T-shirts. So I usually start cutting them up to add more shape to be figure flattering.


I used the shape of a tank top to create a more feminine outline. I took a fabric pencil and marked around the tank then cut around the markings.


Then I used the cut sleeve as a pattern piece to cut out lace sleeves. I sewed in the sleeves and brought the sides of the shirt together with with strips of lace. I also wanted a peek-a-boo back so I cut out more of the back of the shirt and  sewed more lace into the back. After that, I sewed the sacred heart patch onto the back below the peek-a-boo lace.


Then sewed the bride and groom onto the front of my shirt


And embroidered color-lined seed beads on my top stitching for a little extra pop of color. 

                     

I couldn't resist wearing my shirt the other day when I took a trip to Petaluma. 


Happily I received a few compliments on my shirt! 

Thank you Kathy for including me in your design team! I had a lot of fun with this project!  Please check out her links below:

Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica®

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