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Painted Jacket

Added Nov 30, 2011

by lizajane09

Upstate, South C...






This jacket was inspired by the kid’s book I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow. I was playing along with the Once Upon A Thread challenge over at No Big Dill. The pattern is Butterick 5647. I cut out my pattern pieces first (white cotton bull denim) and then painted them using Jacquard Dye-na-flow paints. They are very thin, like dye, so they soak in to fabric and remain soft. I cut a stamp from linoleum for the black splatters and ants. I put in piping around the faux pocket flaps and lapels. I’m very tickled with how it turned out! It’s not exactly something I plan on wearing just out and about, but there has to be some time and place I can wear it without looking totally crazy. It was a really fun experiment. I got to attempt several different techniques I’d been itching to try.

I wrote lots, lots more on my blog if you are interested.

Material Notes

white cotton bull denim


Garment Type

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    Apr 16, 2012, 04.30 AMby Pet Mama

    Check out my painted coat. I was totally inspired by this project, I love all things colorful. Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

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    Jan 22, 2012, 05.19 PMby neenkster

    I thought you actually bought the fabric like this! To see you actually dyed it yourself,is wonderful! You must be such a fun teacher for the kids :))

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    Dec 29, 2011, 10.13 AMby narrawallee

    Love it,don’t put it in a cupboard and forget about it wear it with pride.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 09.26 AMby littlemissny

    I love the jacket. It’s so creative and the colors look so great! I think you should wear it! it fits you really well and i do not think, people will think you’re crazy, but individual! :)

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    Dec 27, 2011, 12.21 AMby nehmah

    I do love the colors of your jacket. When I first saw the photo, I wondered where you had purchased the fabric. The jacket is a classic design and the fabric makes it one-of-a-kind. nehmah

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.18 PMby dixiediy

    you know i love this jacket! it’s just so fun!

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    Dec 25, 2011, 10.47 PMby jilleah

    the colours are totally beautiful – just add a white or black shirt and matching silk or chiffon scarf and wear it out with pride – really artistic

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    Dec 24, 2011, 06.02 AMby GINETTA

    waouhhhh !

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    Dec 22, 2011, 09.06 PMby laurenp


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    Dec 22, 2011, 06.17 PMby Ashley Doll

    Dang, girl! Who needs Prozac when you have a jacket like that?

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    Dec 22, 2011, 11.37 AMby kath4kids

    Love it! This looks like something you can wear out and about, it’s gorgeous!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.31 AMby loulourosa


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    Dec 22, 2011, 01.34 AMby jmelsha

    What a fabulous piece! You could wear it with anything- thank you for sharing this.

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    Dec 22, 2011, 12.43 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Now that is truly a piece to be proud of. I can’t even imagine the time and inspiration all that took!

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    Dec 21, 2011, 09.31 PMby sailgal

    that is awesome. I’ve been thinking of playing with fabric paints and this is definitely inspiring.

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    Dec 21, 2011, 03.49 PMby Ruth Meiland

    Looks Great!

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    Dec 7, 2011, 04.22 PMby AmyNicoleStudio

    this totally rocks!!

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    Dec 5, 2011, 09.41 PMby kerstika

    Great idea! And it looks super summery and fun. Lovely!

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    Dec 5, 2011, 07.48 PMby mokosha

    how on earth i missed this.. it’s an amazing jacket.. those colors are fabulous.. great job

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    Dec 3, 2011, 09.34 AMby pambox


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    Dec 1, 2011, 12.52 PMby kelerabeus

    Super awesome! Love the buttons, great touch. You should wear it as often as you can, it would be a huge waste not to :)

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    Dec 1, 2011, 10.07 AMby Jeyco


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    Nov 30, 2011, 11.00 PMby poppykettle

    This is seriously kick ass. I love that it’s actually painted. That and I love how it’s so bright! Great jacket pattern too!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 09.40 PMby mollykatherine

    What an unbeliveable awesome jacket! It looks like it was a world of fun to make, i’m sure you’ll find many reasons to wear it :)

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      Nov 30, 2011, 10.19 PMby lizajane09

      Thank you so much! It was a super fun project.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 05.15 PMby tsedai

    I love this! The fit looks amazing and the colors are simply fantastic. Very exciting piece.

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      Nov 30, 2011, 10.17 PMby lizajane09

      Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised with the fit.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 04.13 PMby mynameisdavid

    This is absolutely amazing! I love how the fabric turned out!

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      Nov 30, 2011, 10.16 PMby lizajane09

      Thanks David! I’m definitely going to play around some more with painting fabric.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 04.00 PMby Redsonia

    Very creative. It is really a UNIQUE piece.

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      Nov 30, 2011, 10.16 PMby lizajane09

      Thank you! I really did have an awesome time making it.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 01.34 PMby ifkagljifka

    wonderfuuuuuuuuuu ull!!!!!!

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    Nov 30, 2011, 11.20 AMby dottty

    .:Superb:. jj:)x

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