Cut out or not cut out? That was the question.
I decided it would be easier to see what was what if I cut the pieces of the bodice out before painting them.
To keep the rather slippery fabric still I taped them to card, found the stencil I wanted and the Markals oil sticks.
Markals are oil paint in stick form and perfect for fabric decoration. It takes a little practise, a steady hand and nerves of steel.
It couldn’t go wrong, there is no spare fabric (don’t ask, not my fault, more mis-sold with marks that I wasn’t expecting and had to cut around).
I used two colours - silver and charcoal, blending the two colours as I went along.
Leave for 48 hours, iron well (cover with parchment paper and use a hot iron) and then they are fixed permanently.