If you’ve read the previous post, you know that constructing the figure skating dress before spraying with Simply Spray fabric paint is a disaster. There’s no way to prevent the dye from spotting through to the panties and back – I don’t care how well you cut out tag board shields.
Here’s how I spray-dyed the figure skating dress:
- Cut out all of the pieces from white lycra.
- Cover an old folding table with an even older sheet. Ice Dad, a wizard with an iron, ironed the sheet flat using steam and spray.
- Let the sheet dry for 30 minutes (the steam and spray need to evaporate).
- Set out the pieces, matching notches and hems.
- Spread out the pieces just a bit so they’re not touching, but so the seamlines and hems match up. Make sure they're flat, flat flat. No wrinkles.
- Spray with Simply Spray fabric paint in an arc starting off the fabric and ending off the fabric.
- Allow to dry for a good 24 hours (the package says 1 hour, but I had trouble with this last fall).
- Sew as usual.
The fabric is stiffer than unpainted lycra, but it looks really pretty. I used 1 ½ cans on this dress.
- Shake the can away from the fabric or you’ll have spots.
- Don’t use all of the paint in the can – it spots as you finish the can.
- Start and end off the fabric or you’ll have spots.
- Dry well or you’ll have weird shadow images from whatever is behind slightly damp fabric.
- Paint and dry on a perfectly flat surface.
- Be careful to wear an apron or old clothes and spray in an area that you don’t mind covering with fabric dye spots.
- Don’t spray in the wind or where leaves, twigs, and bugs will fall on your fabric while it’s drying.
Bottom line: Again, allow me to be your horrible warning. Um. Paint the panties while you're spraying the rest of the dress. Duh, Ice Mom.