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. :)
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.
More of his galaxy-inspired designs. (You can also find more affordable galaxy dresses here and here.)
How to make the galaxy-print 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.
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.
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:
The soft fabric paint fades very nicely and you won't have a splatter effect like the bleach.
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!
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. :)
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. :)