Wednesday, July 4, 2012

How to Make a Galaxy Dress

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
I've always been a bit of a space dork for as long as I can remember. My third cousin, Gus Grissom, is one of the original seven astronauts, my blog's namesake is space-inspired, and I went to Space Camp in seventh grade. (My space camp t-shirt is over on my t-shirt quilt. :)) When I saw Christopher Kane's galaxy dress, I just had to let the inner space nerd out and figure out a way to make the dress. :)

The inspiration:
CHRISTOPHER KANE - galaxy-print silk-satin dress
Christopher Kane has been one of my favorite designers for while-- his over-the-top designs and punchy prints are exciting and refreshing. It takes a lot of guts to design the crazy things he designs and I respect him for it.

Christopher Kane Resort Collection 2010
Photo sources: Here and here.

More of his galaxy-inspired designs. (You can also find more affordable galaxy dresses here and here.)

How to Make a Galaxy Dress

How to make the galaxy-print dress:

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
You need: A black cotton dress, bleach, an empty spray bottle, a bit of white fabric paint, and Simply Spray fabric paint. (Simply Spray is a really cool product where you can make screen-printed shirts or zebra-striped tops.) :) You can also find the paint on Amazon-- I used lavender and blue jay.

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
The first thing you need to do is fill your clean and empty spray bottle with a bit of bleach. Then strategically spray the bleach onto your cotton dress. When you have a splattering of bleach, wait for it to start working before you add more. Then make some of the bleach pool in the center of your galaxy print so that it will be lighter in the middle and fade darker as the galaxy goes out. Let the dress dry in the sun until it's pretty much dry, and then put it through the washer. Let it dry again.

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
Next, you can take your Simply Spray soft fabric paint and lightly spray the edges of your bleached galaxy to give it some depth. Like this:

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
The soft fabric paint fades very nicely and you won't have a splatter effect like the bleach.

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
After the Simply Spray paint is dry, take a little bit of white fabric paint and draw some distinct stars around your dress. Let those dry and you're done!

How to Make a Galaxy Dress

How to Make a Galaxy Dress

How to Make a Galaxy Dress
A dress fit for a space dork. ;)

PS-- If you want to win a pack of Simply Spray paint, click through the jump!



To win some Simply Spray paint for yourself and make your own galaxy-print dress, here's what you need to do:

1. Choose a pack of paint that you'd like to win.
2. Leave a comment with a way for me to contact you! US entries only, sorry. :(
3. If you want additional entries, you can follow Simply Spray on Facebook or Twitter-- just leave a note that you liked them in a separate comment. :) And be sure to check out some of the other projects on their Facebook page-- there is some REALLY cool stuff like reupholstery and American flag shorts. :)

Giveaway winner will be announced on July 15th. :)

Good luck!

Disclosure: I received two packs of Simply Spray paint to write this post, but I'd never sell my fellow crafty folks out by saying dishonest things about a product on this blog. :)

119 comments:

Rag and Bone said...

I think this is awesome! I want to win that blue pack so I can try this. Even if I don't, this is going to be on my to-do list :)

kat @ withachanceof said...

Coolest most epic bleach tutorial I've seen. This is amazing. That dress is so pretty. Great job!!

Heather Mark Smith said...

I would like to win the blue tie dye one. Love your blog! mhtsmith@bellsouth.net Thanks, Heather

Stefa said...

Wowza! I love this project. What a great post- the pictures, inspiration and instructions are really helpful. Hook me up so I can make one. I like the red flame paint kit, I wanna try to copy the second Kane dress with the shoulder wrap and the red and gold galaxy.

In case it doesn't post the below info, contact me at: cuss4asparagus@gmail.com

<3 Stefa!

Jessica Owen said...

This is fabulous! I'd love the blue tie dye :-)

Jessica Owen said...

I Like'd their page on FB as Kyoti Jess!

Jessica Owen said...

And just to make sure you can contact me in case you can't see my email, it's: Jessica S Owen [at] gmail dot com!

Grace said...

I would like the blue tie dye one please :) contact me by email please? (if you can't see my email here it's gjunehsu@gmail.com
and awesome blog!

Grace said...

I liked simply spray on facebook as well :)

ana5059 said...

Awesome! This dress is fantastic!

WindWhisked said...

Greetings! :) I'm getting married tomorrow and I found your website through my favorite front page, Reddit! As a couple paying for the wedding ourselves I purely shop at discount stores and consignment shops for my outfits and I'm perfectly fine with that. Any help we could get making a beautiful dress like the one you made however would be most appreciated! ^_^ I would love the blue tie dye. My e-mail is sabrina.hosmer@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration!

ashley said...

Amazing! I was just going to buy galaxy fabric with a friend. I am so happy I found this instead! I love the blue tie dye kit and can be contacted at apasquan@gmail.com

ashley said...

I liked them on Faecbook as well!

irda said...

I would love to try the blue tie dye one :) thanks for the chance
irdawandira at hotmail dot com

irda said...

followed on twitter (@irdawandira)

irda said...

liked on facebook (Irda Wandira)

Arantza Azuaje said...

Completely love it! I'd like to participate but I'm from Spain :( It's open to foreigners? If it's I'd love to have the soft paint kit! If it isn't do you know a place where I could bought it online? I'm also following them on twitter! Kisses from here and thanks a lot for your ideas!

Arantza Azuaje said...

Oh, I'm also following them on twitter!

Heather Bair said...

those are really awesome <3 I'd love to win that tie dye kit!

Heather Bair said...

liked them on facebook

Heather Bair said...

Followed them on twitter! (which I used to connect with so you can contact me when I win ;))

Ai-Ha said...

I would love the Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit! Great tutorial! The dress turned out so nicely.

Alice said...

This is such a cool idea! I'm not entering the competition, unfortunately I'm over in the UK, but I just wanted to let you know how awesome this it. Love it xo

Hannah said...

the blue tie dye simply spray would be awesome! thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

Shelby Larkin said...

This is such an awesome tutorial! I came here via Reddit and I was happily surprised to find a fellow Hoosier. Also as a Boilermaker I think its pretty nifty that the great Gus Grissom is your third cousin. Your blog is totally legit and I am so happy to gain another blog for me to follow daily!

Josanne Mitchell said...

Your dress turned out gorgeous!! Love it!
P.S. I like the Stencil Spray Summer of Love Kit

oonaballoona said...

HOW AWESOME. i'll keep my hat out of the giveaway ring as i'm moving soon :( ...

Kate Cunningham said...

I would love to win the summer of love kit!

Kate Cunningham said...

Follwed/liked on facebook and twitter via Kate Cunningham KateAshlen

Jenny Z. said...

looove your dress!

i would choose the Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit!

jenny(dot)gloria(dot)zhang@gmail(dot)com

Jenny Z. said...

liked simply spray on fb!

jenny(dot)gloria(dot)zhang@gmail(dot)com

Jennmartin said...

Awesome tutorial- thanks! I love the Summer of Love colors!

Jenny Chang said...

awesome awesome dress! I would love this paint pack: http://fashionartprojects.com/products/fabric-paint/393-simply-spray-soft-fabric-paint-blue-tie-dye-kit

Alison said...

What a great idea! I have a dark navy blue cotton dress similar to this one that I can't wait to try this out on. As making this also an entry for the drawing, I really love the Summer of Love color set. Can't resist that green! You may contact me through e-mail.

Sarah Reining said...

Wouldn't mind winning that red flame set. I LOVE this stencil spray. Use it to make homemade concert tees.

Valery said...

I would love the blue tie dye Simply Spray! This tutorial is AMAZING and I can't wait to make mine! You can contact me via email at valery(dot)owen(at)gmail(dot)com


Thanks!

Valery said...

I also liked Simply Spray on facebook and followed them on twitter!

Weaver's Whimsy said...

I would love to win the Soft fabric paint to make myself a galaxy shirt or dress like yours!

Weaver's Whimsy said...

I also "liked" them on FB and followed them on Twitter. :)
Lori at weaverswhimsy@gmail.com

Emily Stardust said...

I would love the Summer of Love kit (blue, pink, green)! emilykbaldridge (at) gmail (dot) com!

Emily Stardust said...

I also "liked" Simply Spray on Facebook!

MeganDawn said...

Would definitely make good use of the Blue Tie Dye kit!


Also followed & liked on Twitter and FB.


megandawn513@gmail.com

k said...

Blue Tie Dye kit would be perfect for some crafts I've been wanting to start!


Kelly at kellyons19@gmail.com


:)

Marissa said...

Oh man, what a great project! I love creating things and I'm so intrigued with the galaxy! I will definitely need to make some of these. Receiving the Blue Tie Dye kit would totally help out with my new projects. Can't wait. Marissa mcrmars@yahoo.com

Kelso said...

This is so cool Stace!! You can do this with pretty much anything. Awesome. I'm going to try it :)

Serena Powell said...

I would love to have the Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit

serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

Serena Powell said...

I'm following on Twitter
serena6504
serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

Emily said...

I would be ecstatic to win the Summer of Love kit! That green is gorgeous. I'd go for the Blue Tie Die too! Also, I adore the galaxy dress. Soooo cute! I must admit that I check your blog religiously. I love it. :] My email is emilyaschiltz[at]gmail[dot]com

Emily said...

Also, I liked Simply Spray on Facebook. :] I hope it's my lucky day!!!

Andrea said...

I like the Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit :D
thanks for the giveaway!

Lindsey said...

That dress looks great on you! I love anything galaxy print. I'd love to try out the Blue Tie Dye Kit. Thanks! lmrbday [at] hotmail [dot] com

Katherine said...

Hey love your blog. I would love to win Simply Spray Summer of Love paint! I work at a craft camp every day for the summer and I simply adore my job. But some of my female campers are interested in wearable things rather than just wall decor. I actually made a galaxy tank top today (its drying as we speak) but I think this craft with slight variations (no bleach but loads more fabric paint) would be great for all my campers! Thanks for posting this tutorial as my top looks fantastic, and please keep posting the mega-awesome things that you do. They're all to diy for.

Katherine said...

write.a.holic@gmail.com

Dina Kay said...

I know the link to the paints you linked is to is for Fabric Paint, not upholstery paint, so I don't know if those are the only ones available to win (if they are, the Summer of Love one is very nice), but if the winner could win a choice of fabric or upholstery paint, I think I'd go with the latter. I have this amazingly comfortable couch that folds out to a QUEEN sized bed, which in my tiny apartment is very useful. The only thing I hate about it is the odd shade of orange it is, which wasn't helped by the nervous bladder of the rescue dog I was rehabilitating for a year. So now it's orange/gray and very splotchy. I'd love to be able to repaint it a nice blue to complement my loveseat and tie my living room together. The current slipcover is barely hiding my gigantic orange monstrosity!

Dina Kay said...

I just liked Simply Spray on Facebook! :D

Dina Kay said...

Oops, forgot to leave my email - darnthedickens@gmail.com

Thanks!

Dina Kay said...

And just followed them on Twitter too. Thanks!

Ann Cardamone Soumar said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did (subscribed!) This is fantastic! I'm always looking for new ways to spark creativity.Thanks for sharing =) I would love the summer of love kit. ann.cardamone@gmail.com

Hilary Lauchner said...

LOVE this!! I've seen these dresses a lot and have wanted one for a while! I would love the blue tie dye kit to make one, and then also some tie dye, since I love that, too. =) Thanks for the tutorial!!

hlauchner@gmail.com

Hannah said...

and it's yesiamfantastic@gmail.com (yeah it's ridiculous i know)

Christina London said...

Your tutorials are always wonderful and I can't wait to try this one myself!! Thank you so much for sharing your creations with the world. Wishful thinking, I would love to win the blue tie dye Simply Spray paint kit. My e-mail is clondon3@emich.edu. Have a wonderful day!!!!!

Christina London said...

I also went through and "liked" Simply Spray on Facebook and Twitter. :)

gurshaantbassi said...

hii(: I saw your post and it really inspired me to make my own, but my family doesn't have the means to even buy extra things like paint:( if you possibly could, i'd like to try making it with the blue tie dye, (: thanks, you can contact me at gurshaantbassi@yahoo.com

Odbery said...

Beautiful! But I'm concerned about the texture afterwards. If you're careful, are the bleached areas still soft?

Stacie Grissom said...

It's still really soft! :)

Josephine said...

Love the tutorial! I would love the Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit to try out on different projects (: sillyycactus@yahoo.com

Kelly Carnahan said...

This tutorial is fabulous! Definitely bookmarking this one for inspiration. I would love to make one, so I'll ask for the same pack you used - the lavender/blue jay/black one. Thanks for hosting!

Linda said...

Just stumbled upon your blog....very cute ideas!!! I would love to win and play with the tie die set :) Very cool....look forward to seeing what else you come up with

Blessings,
Linda
www.creativecommotion.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Also.....Liked Simply Spray on Facebook :)
Linda

Christine Costales said...

I love the Summer Of Love spray paint. My email is Christine.Costales@gmail.com

Annie said...

This tutorial is great! It's one of the best galaxy clothing tutorials I've stumbled on :]
I would really like the blue tie dye set. Thank you :] - annieho1.0@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I've been looking for something like this since a friend of mine asked me to draw him a chest piece of a galaxy! I fell in love with making things have space. Sarah.ka.williams@gmail.com

Tracy Owens Clements said...

I would like to win the blue tie kit.....
P.S. You just might be a flippin genius.....I love this blog....

tlclements35 said...

I would like to win the blue tie kit.....
P.S. You just might be a flippin genius.....I love this blog....

Jacqueline said...

Love this diy!!! Love this look. Can't wait to transform that navy dress I've held on to but never wear! If I won I would love the Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit
I live in Canada, just 5 mins across the border and have a US postal address...I hope you will let me enter this fun giveaway :)

Naneki13 said...

Absolutely Love this dress. I have a great summer dress with a bleach stain that im totally gonna try this on. I would love the "Summer of love" collection (goes with the dress). Email is n.serrano13@yahoo.com. Thanks for this wonderful idea!

Nicole said...

Loved this tutorial, cant wait to try it on my own. I would love to win the blue tye dye pack!

I also liked simply spray on fb and followed them on twitter! Thanks :)

Nicole said...

my email is nicoleitkin@gmail.com!

Dani said...

I think i'd like to try this out on a tshirt or something similar before I try with a dress, either way can't wait to try this out on my own! I'd like to win the summer of love set c: please contact at palomaresdani@yahoo.com

Creavissima said...

i love the dress! i tried the look and make a tourial on youtube and on my blog, maby you would take a look :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doHDiqjF6Tk&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.creavissima.de/2012/07/455/

Bye :)

Sarah said...

I really like the Blue Tie Dye kit.
jabberjaw275@gmail.com

Avery Raisis said...

Such a fantastic and simply executed idea; I can't wait to try it out. I'd love to win the Summer of Love kit. You can reach me at ar11t@fsu.edu. Thanks so much. :]

Kelly said...

Hey! The dress is absolutely beautiful and since I'm a space nerd too I'm definitely going to make it! :) I would like the Blue Tie Dye paint kit! My email address is kelly.shea.o@gmail.com if I win! Thanks!

Kelly said...

Followed Simply Spray on twitter :) kelly.shea.o@gmail.com

Kelly said...

And now I liked it on facebook! kelly.shea.o@gmail.com

SACRAMENTO said...

So brilliant. I must try!!!
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snarkykitten said...

This is such a cool tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing :) I do have one question: where did you find the dress? It's perfect for the look.

as for my entry: I'd love the summer of love pack. my email is invader_pip[at]yahoo[dot]com.

snarkykitten said...

Also, I liked Simply Spray on Facebook. :)

Adrianne W. said...

THIS IS A FANTASTIC DRESS. If I still could I would like to be able to win the blue tie dye pack so I can make this dress. Going to goodwill tomorrow to find something black!!

Jessica Owen said...

Have you announced your winner yet? *fingers crossed!*

Annalise Lao said...

Simply Spray® Soft Fabric Paint Blue Tie Dye Kit. I'd love to have a set to do a version of your DIY because I've always wanted to customize a galaxy print :)









Simply Spray® Stencil Spray Red Flame Kit









Simply Spray® Stencil Spray Summer of Love Kit

Nicole said...

Love your blog! I'd like to win a simply spray kit in blue tie dye! My email is nicol3ddy@gmail.com

Brittney from H&M! said...

Hey! I definitely helped you at H&M the other day and asked you about this dress! You told me to youtube it but I looked for it on pinterest instead and this came up!! I love the blog! Thanks for the tips and tricks!

Stacie Grissom said...

Ahahha! No way! I can't believe you found mine! :D Thanks for the help at H&M, btw. ;)

Amber Lucas said...

Hello there! I wanted to stop by and give a quick "hello" and "thank you" for giving photo credit to my blog. It led me to discovering yours!

Amber / Amber's Mouthwash

Manda said...

Thank you for posting this tutorial... I didn't even know galaxy dresses were a thing. Since I had a black cotton dress collecting dust in the closet, I went ahead and made my own last night, sans fabric spray paint (cause I'm poor and unemployed). I just dabbed some blue and pink acrylics instead. Thanks for the inspiration!!

laurentee93 said...

This dress looks amazing! I love the blue tie dye kit! Thanks for the DIY =] email: laurentemple93@gmail.com

LadyMockingbird said...

I love this.. cant wait to try!


~amy
www.LadyMockingbird.com

trinitytaylor16 said...

i love that dress

Hazel Angeli Lapastora said...

HI! I love your blog! It's so pleasing in the eye. From now on I'll check your blog regularly. I also followed you. Please also check mine. And follow me back if you like. :D


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Thanks for your great DIYs btw!

mocha said...

Love it! And featured it on m blog, if you want to check it out hee is the link;
http://mochadaily.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-corner-galaxy-print.html

Christina said...

Wow! I was so inspired by your dress that I did my own and blogged about it here: http://www.cutiefulchristina.com/2012/11/diy-galaxy-print-dress.html
Mine turned out quite differently because of the fabric and the type of paint - I couldn't find the spray fabric paint here in Australia. Yours looks so awesome! Do you wear it often?

halestorm789 said...

I will be having my junior prom next spring and finally found the perfect dress, but couldn't find the perfect thing to go with it until I stumbled upon this tutorial of yours. I am going to use this method on a black shawl I have and it is going to be perfect. Any supplies I wouldn't have to buy would be awesome. :) My email is sushicutieXD@gmail.com and I would absolutely love the blue tie dye. Thankyou for the opportunity. :)

Lea Hinz said...

love it where did u get the cotton dress
?

arielle said...

Just Amazing! Bravo for the good work!

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Amaaaaaazing! im brazilian. i love u blog

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for this post. It is perfect for a Gala that I am attending based on the stars and planets!!! Awesome!!

Michell said...

Beautiful, beautiful dress. Makes me want to stick around your site some more and check out your other creations.

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