Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Stencil it! Wear it! Beyond the T-shirt with Silvia Souza


Hello! It's Silvia Souza.

Natalie Chanin aka Alabama Chanin is one of my heroes. I discovered her work a few years ago, and loved how she made t-shirt fabric embroidered garments that look like updated Renaissance clothing. My admiration for her grew as I read her books; she was reviving not only the arts but also the economy of a former cotton mill town in the South.




My eldest son will be married next year and I am inspired to make my dress using techniques gleaned from her.  I also gained confidence for this process in a class I took with Karen McElfish at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA, taking apart old t-shirts and recycling them into new shirts.  

Before starting the dress, I needed to try out stitches and stencil techniques in a sample.  I found two t-shirts on sale for $2 apiece and decided to use them as canvas and practice project. 





I stenciled them using Terri Stegmiller's Curvy Stems (L122).   








Then I started playing with threads and stitches. I modified a McCall’s pattern and cut up the components and reassembled the two t-shirts into one.

Silvia

7 comments:

  1. Wow! This is absolutely brilliant and beautiful! LOVE the idea, love the stitching, love the finished project! So inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Claudia xxx

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am a huge Alabama Chanin fan too. Love what you have done!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Do you have a tutorial somewhere about what paints tonuse and how to stencil on fabric?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, you can find a number of fabric tutorials on our website:
      https://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/stenciled-fabric-and-clothing-tutorials-s/1872.htm
      Hope this helps :)

      Delete
  4. This is just amazing and inspirational.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this.. couple t shirt online

    ReplyDelete
  6. Make sure you know which T-shirt style best fits your company. There are a lot of options out there so select the most appropriate ones. That's a horrible idea what time t-shirt

    ReplyDelete

If you are entering a GIVEAWAY, please add your email address in the event we need to contact you.

To avoid SPAM, please write it like this:

marybeth (at) stencilgirltalk (dot com)

Thank You!