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Make a Fairy Skirt with a Tattered, Stained Hemline Embellished with Dangling Fairy Treasures
by Martha Boers of Antique Lilac
This tutorial reveals how I make my tattered fairy skirts. The instructions are for the tattering and staining of the skirt fabric, and do not include an actual skirt pattern.
- soft 100% cotton fabric in desired colour (I use cotton crinkle gauze)
- acrylic folk art paint in a darker colour
- textile medium
- old brushes
- plastic tablecloth or placemat to work on
- silk ribbon in colours to match stained fabric. Must be silk ribbon (can substitute embroidery floss if silk ribbon is not available)
- assorted sized beads, shells, charms- matching thread
- sewing & beading needles
Cut fabric for skirt, making the back an inch longer than the front.
Cut a waistband to fit your doll, and gather skirt fabric onto waistband.
Finish skirt waistband and sew up the back seam.
Clip the bottom of the skirt as shown alternating short,
medium and long clips into the fabric and rounding off the corners a little.
To make a ‘hole’, clip a small triangle into the fabric as shown.
Unravel the clipped edge by hand.
Optional – run the skirt with unraveled bottom through a wash
and dry cycle with your laundry to soften the unraveled fibres.
Wet the bottom half of the skirt.
Choose a darker colour paint, mix with an equal part textile medium,
and thin with water.
Work on a plastic tablecloth or place mat.
With an old brush, work the diluted paint into all the wet ragged edges,
and around any holes.
Let air-dry completely – do not use forced heat as it will make the paint colour dry unevenly.
Heat-set the paint with an iron.
Wet the ironed hemline again to soften it and put he wrinkles back in.
Let dry thoroughly.
Gather matching-coloured silk ribbon and beads, shells, charms.
Thread silk ribbon through eye of a large needle and stitch through bottom of skirt edge.
Then thread a needle, which will fit through the larger beads, with a double thread forming a loop.
Thread your desired beads onto the needle, and insert silk ribbon tails through loop in thread.
Click HERE for further instruction - embellishment
A beautiful tutorial, and a talented artist.
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