It’s clear that one of the most influential trends of the season is the baroque theme. Black on gold, opulent details, extreme beading and tons of filigree. We’ve been seeing endless Dolce and Gabbana shots from the runway, but another major influencer was the Balmain Fall/Winter 2012 presentation. The individual pieces were all so extremely intricate and detailed, they’ve been seen in plenty of editorials and even on some major celebrities.
I’ve been smitten with one particular dress and decided to try to tackle it with some fabric paint. Fair warning: this project took me nearly 20 hours to complete because of the time consuming nature of the process. It wasn’t particularly difficult to achieve the look but you should have some patience! Personally, I was addicted to completing the project and I’m thinking of even doing the same to a blazer soon.
[ CHALK OUTLINE ] – Start by using your chalk pencil or tailor’s chalk to draw the outlines of the “frames” on the dress. Notice that the dress is divided into individual segments that can be separated. Work on one section at a time so that you don’t overwhelm yourself— there’s a LOT of surface area to cover on an entire dress!
[ DRAW GRIDS ] – Each of the framed sections of the dress has a few repeated elements— one of them is the quilted grids. I started each section by first carefully measuring and then drawing out the crosshatched lines.
[ DRAW FILIGREE ] – Then notice the filigree that overlaps the frame and quilted lines. Draw the filigree and try to keep the elements symmetrical, just like in the original!
[ PAINT DOTS ] – When you’ve completed drawing an entire framed section, start painting your dots! The dimensional fabric paint, thankfully comes with an easy squeeze applicator with a very fine tip. Shake well and give the tube a squeeze over some scrap paper before squeezing onto your dress (just in case there’s a clogged bit, you don’t want it to spurt out all over your dress). You can control the size of the dots by squeezing more or less paint onto one spot. try to be careful and not join your dots together so much, to maintain the beaded look.
[ CONTINUE DOTTING ] – Continue dotting your entire section and allow it to dry for 4-5 hours before moving onto another section. In total, it took about 5 days to complete this project, but there were a lot of breaks in between for drying. It probably took about 15-20 hours in total but the end result was really worth it!
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by Sylvia of lipglossandblack
DIY photos by Syl and Sam
Balmain runway photos via Style.com