Silhouette Sketch And Paint Shirt
This ink-embellished shirt was created using Silhouette sketch pens and ink. You don't have to own a Silhouette machine to complete this project... but the machine really makes the work easy. Get out your favorite shirt pattern, cut out your fabric and add some color with the luscious Silhouette inks that are permanent after setting with an iron. The design is created on fabric pieces before the shirt is assembled. When the sewing is done, it will be ready to wear. My instructions include the templates for the shirt front and the collar and cuffs. Lightweight fabric should be used when sketching with the Silhouette machines. Heavy fabric may not feed without problems. Keep in mind, the artwork may need a slight adjustment to fit your collar and cuff size. Also be aware that different fabrics may produce different results. Colors may not be true when applying this design to colored fabrics. Tightly woven fabric like the white rayon challis I used, produces sharp lines and vivid colors.
You'll find the instructions below designated for Silhouette Curio (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters.
step 4 - CK – Place the card stock stencil on your shirt front fabric and trace the design using the Tan sketch pen. Also sketch the collar piece and the cuffs.
step 12 - Remove the stencil vinyl. Allow the ink to dry for 24 hours. Set a press cloth over the painted pieces and set the ink with a dry iron. The iron temperature should be appropriate for the type of fabric you are using.
step 13 - Sew the pieces of your shirt together according to your pattern instructions.
SC - Always remove the sketch pen when the machine stops and don’t insert the pen until you are ready to sketch. This will reduce the chances of accidental pen marks on fabric as you are attaching or removing it from the mat. Also be sure that any excess fabric passing through the machine does not come in contact with the pen.
- Silhouette Cameo 3 or Curio (optional)
- Silhouette Sketch Pen Colors – Neutral Tan, & Gold
- Silhouette Ink Colors – Red, Turquoise
- Silhouette adhesive stencil vinyl
- CK – Card stock and craft knife
- Shirt fabric
- Shirt pattern and sewing notions
- Freezer Paper
- Painters tape
- Iron and press cloth
- Containers for mixing ink and water