Before I get started there’s one thing you should know about my family: We live in California. On the water. And all my kids are blonde. Yeah, we are totally stereotypical. Haha!
We love California for the weather (of course), the beach, the mountains, and especially the kick-back attitude. I guess those Beach Boys really did know what they were talking about in the song California Calling when they sang,
Well, the sun certainly shines out here almost every day, there’s no denying it! So, with my little California girl in mind, I created a tribute to this bright, sparkly, and beautiful state.
The first thing you’ll notice is a big ole’ drawing of the State of California on the front of Abby’s dress. The outline was created by tracing the State of California onto some Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). (BTW, I found the California image by simply doing a Google search for “California line drawing”). Then I grabbed a pink marker out of the kids’ craft drawer and colored in the outline directly on the TAP, making sure it looked like a colored picture–not perfect. The heart was added in purple marker over the general area where we live.
I love this little detail!
Once my drawing was complete, I simply flipped the image over onto the dress and ironed it on. If you’ve never used TAP before, I recommend using Leslie Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper specifically, and following the tips I share here. The three most important things to do are:
- Print or trace your image as a MIRROR IMAGE, otherwise the finished product will be backwards.
- Follow the directions for your specific kind of TAP.
- Cut away all excess TAP from around your image so no extra sticks to your project.
As a salute to the great sport for which California is best known–SURFING, of course!–I used fabric repurposed from surf brand clothing. The brands Roxy (as the skirt) and Rip Curl (as the cap sleeves) are represented. Hollister fabrics make an appearance in the neckband. Did you know Hollister is a real town along the coast in California? And I can’t tell you how much I love that Roxy chevron! (The blue is an organic cotton jersey knit I purchased at Fabric.com).