How to go about a repeating texture/design?

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#1 trophy-bot on 5 years ago

My meagre knowledge of fabric painting/printing/anything has me kind of stumped, so I decided to turn to you in hopes of some advice.

I don't have character reference at hand that would illustrate the issue here, but what I'm trying to achieve is
- [url= BDU Pants.jpg]black BDU type shirt&pants[/url]
- [url=]textured like this all over[/url]

Obviously such a thing doesn't exist IRL, so I (think I) have two ways to go about this:
a) buy black BDU shirt&pants and somehow paint/draw/sth the design on with paint or markers or something
b) sew the garments myself and paint/draw/? the design prior to cutting the fabric

I also thought about sandwiching a base fabric, black double-sided fusible interfacing and a dark grey mesh, but I have no idea if that's even possible, pretty, or any easier than scribbling a repeating mesh-like design all over two garments' worth of fabric.

So, ideas, help, anything? Thanks in advance.

#2 Shallon on 5 years ago


You could cut out hundreds of black dots and use heat'n'bond

#3 risamori on 5 years ago

Depending on your budget, you may be able to find fabric with a pattern like that already on it. For instance, I've seen lace that is essentially black circles on black mesh; layering that over a solid fabric could give you the look you want. Alternatively, [URL=""]this site[/URL] allows you to basically design your own fabric; you upload an image, they repeat it all over the fabric and send it to you. Look around and see what you can find before resigning yourself to handpainting everything.

#4 Penlowe on 5 years ago

Layering fabrics to sew them as one piece is actually pretty easy, you don't need to bond them together either (which saves both time and money). Stenciling large pieces of fabric, while tedious, isn't horrible if your stencil & pouncers/ sponges/ brushes are big enough.