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DIY Glitter Stenciled T-shirt Dress

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I was flipping through a girls clothing catalog the other day and checking out all the adorable outfits.  Whenever I look through these catalogs, I always study the clothes and think about which ones I could make.  One of the outfits caught my eye and (a t-shirt dress with a ruffled skirt.)

I had some black pre-ruffled fabric buried somewhere in my up-cycle bin.  It wasn’t true pre ruffled fabric, but a ruffled nylon/tulle skirt with an attached lining I’d cut from the bottom of a $3 clearance dress.

I decided attaching the skirt to a t-shirt would be my best option, but the only shirt I was willing to sacrifice was a blank white tee I had picked up at Kohl’s last year.  The plain white tee was a little too boring for the black skirt, so I thought this would be the perfect project to try out the new FolkArt Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint and Handmade Charlotte Stencils Plaid had sent me to try.

DIY T-shirt Dress Tutorial, using pre-ruffled fabric, stencils and glitter.

The Multi-Surface Paints are really neat, you really can use them on just about any surface. The paint is dishwasher safe and machine washable. This is great news… No more buying multiple bottles of different types of paint! These work on everything from fabric to glass to wood.

The stencil set I used was the Handmade Charlotte Party Set.  (You can get both the paints and stencils from Michaels.)  I thought a pink glittery cake would be the perfect accent for the dress.

To make the dress you need:

  • T-shirt that fits
  • Pre ruffled fabric (depending on the size and length of skirt you could need 1/4 up to 1 yard of fabric)
  • Handmade Charlotte stencil pattern of your choice
  • FolkArt Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint
  • ultra fine glitter
  • soft paint or makeup brush
  • Stencil dauber
  • clear elastic
  • standard sewing supplies

Step 1:  Stenciling the t-shirt.
Find the center line of your t-shirt and line up the stencil where you want it. (I used a tiny piece of tape to mark the center.)  Tape in place.

Use the dauber and carefully apply a generous amount of paint.

Quickly cover the paint with glitter.  Use a clean dauber and “daub” the glitter into the paint.

Carefully remove the stencil and let the paint dry.  (I can’t promise how well the glitter will hold up, but I will come back and update the post after I have washed the dress.)

After the paint is dry, shake off excess glitter and use the clean paint or makeup brush to help remove any stray glitter. 
Step 2:  Adding the pre-ruffled skirt:  For specific instructions on how to add the ruffle fabric, follow my dress with pre-ruffled fabric tutorial here.

You are done, so cute!  Anybody want to take a guess at which catalog I was inspired by?

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  1. Http://whatmeeganmakes.com says:

    SO cute! I like all the different ways you can use the paint and glitter. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two! Make it a pink day Jamie!!

  2. Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff says:

    Darling dress; I am always a fan of t-shirt dresses! The glitter accent is just perfect. I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow!


    Thanks for linking up to the Block Party!

  3. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    Very cute!

  4. Kayla Janachovsky says:

    Adorable shirt!

  5. Ann McLeod says:

    The dress turned out adorable!

  6. Ann McLeod says:

    The dress turned out adorable!

  7. Felecia Cofield says:

    Hi Jamie! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! Love the dress! Your children are so cute! Have a nice day! Blessings from Bama!