**Time to Vote!** Gold Foil Dress: a tutorial

It's time! Please hop on over to Sew McCool to vote for your favorite project! 

So winter is upon us, and I am excited to be celebrating all the events this season brings! 

Among these is the anniversary of Sew McCool's first blogging year! Deanna from Sew McCool is sharing the party by hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge, and I am really honored to be counted as one of the talented participants!

I adore a sweet and sparkly holiday dress on my daughter, but I also adore items of clothing that can be used again and again. After all, I put a fair amount of sweat and love into her handmade items...I want them to be used--and adored--as much as possible (before I blink and she grows another 3 inches!)

Using my tutorial for the Sunshine Tank (shared on Sew McCool earlier this year) I created a sweet and innocent jumper and added some gold foiling to glam it up for this Christmas season...as well as the seasons to follow! Want to do some glamming of your own? It's an easy process that gives a big punch...so let's begin! 

You will need: 
*gold foil (I purchased mine here)
*foil glue (I purchased mine here)
*brush (to paint on glue)
*modified Sunshine Tank (or other item to be foiled)

Now, before we dive into this, I highly recommend you take some time to play around on scrap piece of your fabric with your stencil, some foil, and some glue. When applying the glue, the thickness of it determines how your foil will adhere to your fabric. 
For example: I made my jumper out of a cotton/linen blend, so when I applied my glue thinly and then applied my foil, I could see the distinct patterning of the fabric through the foiling. This is fine, if that's the look you are going for. A thicker layer of glue removes the fabric pattern. That's the beauty of foiling! You get to create something completely unique to you...no right or wrong here!

Once you've discovered your favorite glue:foil ratio, it's time for the fun! 

To create my daughter's jumper, I made a minor change to the tutorial for the Sunshine Tank. I simply eliminated the original hi-low hem and lengthened it based on preference. 

To prepare for the foil, begin by determining your desired design placement. In this tutorial, I chose to rim the bottom of the jumper with golden birds and also added one little golden bird to the shoulder. The placing of this design required me to sew up my jumper before I foiled. 

If you are using a finished garment, layer cardboard between your top and bottom fabric layers to prevent the glue from bleeding through. Lay your stencil on the fabric, and use your brush to carefully paint inside the stencil with your foil glue. Start lightly, and brush from the middle out. Build your glue as needed. It's easier to add glue than to remove it when you've glunked on too much! (Ask me how I know.)

Once you've prepped your stenciled area with glue, let it dry (as directed on your glue bottle.) Your glue will look opaque and will feel wet to the touch until it is 'dry'. Once your stenciled area looks clear, and feels tacky to the touch, it is ready to hold your foil. 

Cut out a piece of foil to the size of your stenciled area, and lay it on top of the foil, color side up.
Rub the foil with your finger, or use a burnishing tool. Then, carefully peel back your sheet, and voila! 

Look at that shine! 

Now, if you find that your glue didn't grab all of your foil for some reason, don't panic! You can simply re-apply another layer of foil in that spot, or over the whole thing. Again, the beauty of the project is that it will be a look that is uniquely yours!

Isn't it pretty?

When you're all finished, slip it on your favorite girl and let her get her glam on! 

Dress: Self Drafted/Foiled || Tee: Crazy 8 || Tights: Gymboree || Boots: Target 
I love the pop of gold against the blue!

Now that you've seen how easy it is to foil, what will you be shining up? Before you run off to get started, check out the plethora of talent in Sew McCool's 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge blog tour, and check back in when the voting begins to support your favorite project!

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Don't forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 - just in time for Christmas!
December 1
December 2
Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
December 3
December 4
December 5
Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin
December 6
December 7
December 8
Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree
December 9
Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs
December 10
Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.
December 11
December 12
Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal

 (psst! One more thing! Love the faux fur collar my daughter is wearing in some of these pics? Find me over at Sew McCool soon for the tutorial!) 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 


  1. Gorgeous work, and so inspired!

  2. I love this so much! I definitely need to try this. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    1. Thanks, Ajaire! Now I want to foil ALLTHETHINGS!

  3. That dress is amazing! Gold foil? You are a genius! :)

    1. Genius, hmmm? Tell that to my kids...! Thank you!

  4. Pretty! I love the gold with the light blue.

  5. This foil is on my list to get. I hope it is as easy as you make it look!

  6. This makes me want to foil all the things too!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!


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