Sunday, September 27, 2009

I've Only Got Eyes For You!: DIY Painted Dress

We wore our Eyeball dresses with our Triskaidekaphobia scribble necklaces. Photo by Idee Geniale

I know that we haven't posted a DIY in a long time (shame on us), but we've been so busy working on our jewelry line that we haven't had much spare time to make outfits, even though we've had plenty of ideas floating around in our heads. Still, we decided to make a dress for the Chictopia party we did for Fashion Week, which basically consists of a bunch of super realistic looking creepy eyeballs peering out of the dress fabric. Christina's been wanting to make this one for a while, so she took the lead. The best part is that we managed to use fabrics and supplies that both of us had lying around the house, and didn't spend a penny making this outfit. Here's how we did it.

1. We started by painting the eyeballs onto panels of nude jersey, which took a really long time, since it was a multi-step process that required the paint to dry in between. Christina looked up images of irises online, and then we started by painting a white base with a dark gray iris in the center, covered with lightly brushed on white lines radiating outward.

2. After that dried, we went over the eyeball white with a gray wash, and painted more lines on the iris in dark gray at the center. Then we used black paint to highlight the edge of the iris and paint in the pupil. We finished by adding in some highlights with white paint on the iris and the eye white.

3. Christina then cut out the pattern for the dress, which was basically a giant square with one of the corners snipped out to become a one-shouldered asymmetrical dress with a long flowing sleeve on one side.

4. After deciding where the eyeballs would be placed, Christina cut holes in the fabric and sewed in the painted panels.

Here's a close up of me wearing the end result! Photo by Yvan Rodic.

-Tiffany

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21 comments:

CalamityJem said...

Wow, stunning!
Awesome DIY...x

Grace said...

Clever girls!

Love Grace.

laia. said...

this is kind of amazing!

WILDasaMINK said...

Thanks for the behind the scenes look at those awesome dresses. I was at that Chictopia party and you guys looked fabulous! I can tell you firsthand those dresses came out spectacular!!!

InnyVinny said...

Crazy! I love it. You guys come up with the most clever outfits.

Captain Special K said...

This is the most exciting post I've read in ages (I mean out of all the blogs i read). BRILLIANT!

Laura said...

that dress rocks!
xoxo

pink horrorshow said...

that would be a fucking trip to see in some dimly lit club while intoxicated haha.

were you ladies at the Tribeca Grand on Saturday? I went to the Phoenix after-party and later found out that you guys were hosting!

WJ said...

I've been hanging out for a new DIY, this is definitely amazing! The idea sounded strange but the end result is so effective.

Hesionka said...

this is brilliant! you are very creative! <3

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

pink horrorshow-

yes we were there hosting! next time you're there on a Saturday night, come by our table and we'll give you a drink!

xx
Tiffany

Elisabeth Lacunza said...

I like it!

Shay said...

you guys are so super talented, these are great! Love the lipstick too.

Mae said...

painting on a dress! of course !

e elisabeth said...

so, i'm sure ya'll have already seen this but: http://fashionista.com/2009/09/ode_to_hamish_bowles_moustache.php#

his raincoat! his raincoat! so subversive, hamish

robyn said...

you girls look fantastic!!

Daisy said...

Oh these are so fantastic !You look fab!

burnthesebones said...

loves it! mad respect for the intricate hand-worked details.

Joshua said...

Oh. My. Goodeyeball!

I love this on so many levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you guys have an tailoring classes at all or was it just learned over time?

I've been watching this page for the SSS DIY outfits and the whole exercise just seems fantastic, pushing yourself to do a new one for new gigs.

The best pair about this piece was the handpainting. So much love has gone into this.

LuxiRare said...

this is so cool!!!!

May Kasahara said...

damn I love you girls.