Saturday, June 6, 2015
Our elementary school has an International Day every year, and the kids bring a international dish for everyone to try. Since there is another kid in class who will bring a Brazilian dish, my son decided to represent his Japanese heritage. The school also asked if they can be dressed as the country they represent. And that is why I made this kimono. Lucky me there was a nice leftover piece of black fabric(from the dress I made), and it was just big enough for what I needed. I used his karate kimono to take a pattern. And here sewing the pieces after cutting the fabric. The kimono was ready and now I could paint. He chose a dragon that I had on my pajamas from Target. So I copied the drawing in pencil, and reinforced with a black marker. The next step was to transfer he drawing into freezer paper, shiny side down (very important). After the picture is all done, I cut all the details with a Xacto knife. And carefully cutting all the pieces. Until it is all done. With this pattern ready, the scariest part was next. So this is how I got ready for painting. First placing the area to be painted in a soft base. I put the seat from the couch on top of the table. Then the back of the kimono facing up. After finding a ideal spot to paint the dragon, I placed the freezer paper, shiny side down.. Then using a iron, with a low heat set, I pressed the paper so it becomes "glued" to the fabric. After I prepared my silk screen, which is a embroidery hoop, with a piece of sheer silk. Then with the hoop firmly pressed to the paper (see how I also used a heavy book to help me hold the hoop), I started the painting process. I used a rubber spatula to spread the paint in the entire area (I had to repeat this process a few times). And finally I could peel off the freezer paper. It dried nicely. And it fits well.