I am incorporating the Silhouette challenge for this month into my Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp which sadly has been dragging on for almost a year now. The challenge was to use your favorite things to make something with the Silhouette. While I wouldn’t say that freezer paper is my favorite thing, refashioning clothes is. The Silhouette offers many ways to help refashion clothes. I have used the Silhouette brand stencil vinyl with fabric paint, stencil material, heat transfer, fabric interfacing and rhinestones. Then there are things like freezer paper and fabric pens that you can still use with your Silhouette but aren’t made specifically for it. Whatever material you choose to use, the Silhouette is a great refashioning resource.
If you remember from my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion, I take an inspiration piece and refashion something from my wardrobe to be like it. The inspiration piece this time was actually a men’s shirt from GQ. The things I liked about it were its geometric simple shape and the two contrasting colors. You can see from the pic above that I didn’t go exactly the same direction as my inspiration piece. Well actually I did make a shirt that was much similar to the inspiration piece but it had a little malfunction.
I started by using two rectangle pieces of flocked vinyl. It was looking really good until I accidentally spilled water on the yellow flocked vinyl. Did that water just stain the vinyl? I tried washing the shirt but the spot wouldn’t come out. Maybe I could peel off the yellow vinyl. I am pretty stubborn so I tried and tried. I googled it and people recommended using nail polish remover or heat. Neither really worked. I pulled a lot off by sheer force but it went from looking like a lamp to a Halloween scary face shirt. Definitely a #craftfail. As much as it pained me, I had to give up on the shirt refashion.
I may have given up on that shirt but I was not giving up on my wardrobe refashion and revamp. I decided to try and again but this time instead of using heat transfer I would go with fabric paint. I even took it farther and changed the geometric shape from a rectangle to a pentagon. I used the pentagon from the Geometric Prisms. I still went with the two different colors but instead of doing white and orange, I did white and linen. With all these changes it is a far cry from the inspiration piece but no matter, I love it all the same.
I opened up the pentagon prism in my Silhouette CAMEO software and sized it appropriately. I put a large box around the pentagon. I put my freezer paper on my mat with the shiny side down and then adjusted the cut settings to a speed of 3, thickness of ten and a blade depth of 3. The shiny side of the freezer paper is the side that will be touching the garment. Keep this in mind if the shape you are cutting needs to be mirrored a certain way.
I began by ironing on the box containing the empty pentagon, shiny side down. I used the actual prism shape as a guide so that I knew where to place the little triangle pieces. I used my iron tip to iron the pieces inside the guide (shiny side down too) taking care not to iron the guide itself. When the individual pieces were all in place I removed my guide and went over everything one more time. Once everything looked like it had adhered well I got out my fabric paint and began. I painted the top half of the pentagon white and the bottom half the linen color. Once the paint had dried I removed it. After 24 hours I heat set the shape onto my shirt. I did this by using a thin piece of cotton and laying it over the shape and then ironing it for about 3 minutes.
Did I get a little bleed through? Sure I did which can happen with freezer paper. Does it bother me? Nah. Well at least not enough to make this shirt a third time!
My Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp is getting closer than it has ever been. Only 3 more to go and one of them will definitely be refashioned with the help of my Silhouette CAMEO. Want to check out some of the other ones? You can get all the links on THIS post.
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds