Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jumping on the bandwagon: DIY galaxy skirt

Hey everyone!
Whoa, I'm on a roll here. It's amazing what vacation can do to a person. All this free time and lower stress levels are really agreeing with me, so I've been sewing stuff left and right.

This particular project was more of a work of art than sewing, since the sewing part was the good ol' circle skirt (tutorial here). Although a slightly modified version, with an elastic waistband, but anyways. The sewing part was smooth sailing - I just made the circumference of the waist circle so big it fit over my hips, made the waistband fit that circumference, cut an elastic band that fit my waist, made an encasing of the waistband, pulled elastic through and that's pretty much that. If you want a more detailed tutorial on that, here's a good one. But anyways, the sewing was just a tiny bit of the whole project...

...The bigger job here was painting a skirt-ful of space. I got inspired by this skirt I found via Google (it's a sold-out piece on Etsy.)

So I went on Youtube and searched for "DIY galaxy print" or something along those lines, watched a few tutorials, and then got cracking.

I gathered:
-fabric paint (black, white, blue, red, gold, copper)
-white fabric paint pen
-foam brush, Q-tips, an old toothbrush
-a bit of water in a cup to thin the paint if needed
-magazines to spread my skirt on

So I'd cut out a circle skirt piece (full circle, so it looked like a massive blue donut when I spread it on the magazines. I had a lot of blue fabric left over from when I made the TARDIS dress, so I used that same fabric for this galaxy project).

I poured some white, blue and red paint on a magazine and dipped the toothbrush in white, then begun by spritzing the whole skirt in white dots. Then I started dabbing white, blue and red on random spots and spreading them to make cloudy galaxy formations. Basically I just splashed color here and there, smudged it, added more color, threw in some gold/copper dots and black spaces, then spritzed more white dots... I was like a five-year-old fingerpainting, honestly :D

It took me several hours to finish my masterpiece, but it was worth the trouble because the end result looks pretty neat.

After the paint had dried, I ironed the skirt to set the paint, serged the raw edges, added the aforementioned waistband and elastic, hemmed the skirt and voilà:

This turned out really neat, or at least I think so. Plus with the elastic waistband, it's also super comfy. (I must be getting old, because nowadays it's more important to me that clothes are comfortable than it used to be... :P)

Anyways, how do you like it? :)



  1. Ihana! Varmasti kaiken ajan ja vaivan arvoinen lopputulokseltaan! :)

    1. Kiitos! Joo kroppa kiittää kun monta tuntia olin lattialla mitä epäergonomisimmissa asennoissa maalaamassa, mutta kyllä tuo lopputulos on sen arvoinen :D

  2. It's really good! I wanted to make something like this too avoiding the use of bleach. In the end my project went a little different and I made a moon t-shirt:

    1. That moon shirt looks good! The design is simple but so cool :)