Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Paint-Embellished Knit Dress | 360-Degree View

Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019

Embellishing knit garments can be a challenge because many options for embellishment change the fabric’s stretch or drape. However, there are methods that can work. In “Embellishments: Paint on knits,” Threads #204 (Aug./Sept. 2019), author Rae Cumbie describes her preferred method for adding flair to knit fabrics. Using lightweight liquid paint on knit fabric creates permanent designs that do not stiffen or distort the fabric in the application process. The paints are easy to mix into a variety of colorful tints and hues, resulting in myriad design possibilities. With proper care, the painted fabric can be machine-washed and machine-dried on a low-heat setting.

This dress is sewn from Fit For Art’s Tabula Rasa Knit Tee and Tunic, Clever Crossing Variations. The separate neckline band is flattering as well as a great place to add painted embellishment. It was sewn using a rayon/spandex blend knit fabric from FitForArtPatterns.com. The paints used are Artistic Artifacts Fluid Textile Paints, also available from FitForArtPatterns.com. They can be applied using a brush, sponge brush, or dauber. Stencils are useful if you do not wish do paint freehand.

The painted embellishments were added with care to the garment pattern, including motifs along the neckline band, reaching up from the front hem, and on each sleeve cuff. To add detail from all angles, there are also small motifs on the right front and back shoulder, featuring delicate flowers and a lovely butterfly.

Sign up for the Threads eletter


Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More