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    >>> this morning on "bobbie's style," prints and patterns were all over the runways as a big spring trend but you don't have to spend a lot of money on top designers. because bobbie thomas says can you create the look with what you already have. you're good at this but i'm not.

    >> i grew up meeting my girlfriends at the mall on weekends. you can get together with your female adult friends and have craft parties. this is a fun, easy way to do all of these ideas . i'll let you in on it.

    >> this shirt which you did.

    >> i swear you can do this with your son. it is very easy. all you have to do --

    >> it will not look like that.

    >> it will. i promise you. best thing as far as the paint is look for fabric paint at your local craft store.

    >> that's washable and wearable. or add a textile medium to any acrylic paint and that will work. use a piece of paper like i did to test out your patterns. these are all different flowers you can make. using your thumb, make sure you slip wax paper in between the two so they don't bleed through. stick your finger and watch how easy it is to just rotate your finger and continue to make the petals. you can also use a sponge. here. get you started. you can use a sponge.

    >> i'm feeling pressure.

    >> come on, natalie . just any pattern. imperfections are what's really pretty and looks expensive. just do the the center. make the branch, super simple, just use a darker color and you literally just trace a line.

    >> that's going to be my contribution.

    >> when you're like what color should i use? i use all pinks on the orange. that will tend to look better. don don't confuse too many colors. you'll get a muddy mess.

    >> look what happened to your shirt ! if you're afraid to use your fingers , use your paint-by-number skills and follow a pattern you already know. you can just paint right on top. it's really relaxing, and bring the girlfriends over, can you share the cleanup.

    >> you bought a basic shirt --

    >> filene's basement, $19. if you have a faded floral print of your own, add another dimension. there are metallics. very inexpensive to get these paints.

    >> sponge painting. can you do this on your clothing.

    >> this is the best project for your faded little black dress . stick with either a seam, use masking tape or a chalk pencil just to get your line if you want a little bit of guidance. then you'll take -- this is cosmetic sponges. you can even cut shapes out of a potato. geometric shapes are really big on the runway. i just wanted to create that same sort of bold, black and white effect. what you'll do is just stamp -- start from the bottom and don't worry about each stamp being even or not.

    >> it's all about the imperfection.

    >> it is all about the imperfection. one figure flattering tip i love to do, as you'll see on our finish product. just paint one panel and it will be really slimming. sometimes we feel prints can be overwhelming but this is a really great idea to add that hourglass curve to your figure.

    >> next, our drip-and-drizzle. this is another look you saw on the runway a lot.

    >> this is like what you see on my shirt . this is all about -- on the runway we saw different designers doing the splatter paint in like pressed prints. you can just take any pump that you want. neon paints. i love this, this simple spray. you can have are fun. just spray right on the t- shirt . just anything.

    >> it's not going.

    >> try this one. what i like to do is mix the different spray paints to get different textures. this one comes out a little bit more like a pump. then at the end you can add a different texture with this bright blue . obviously if we weren't near your nice night outfit, just splatter paint on that. dig in your bottom drawer, get his t- shirt . a stained t- shirt can become your -- favorite. spoonflower.com allows you to create your own fabric print. this is soo cool. this is one of the spoon flower employees who actually on the phone said i'll take a picture of my shoe. she took a picture of her shoe. she said we'll mirror image it and send you the fabric. but then this is the result. we got the fabric in, and in one day for under $100 i created my own dress. i even had -- you can and can you create your own.

    >> i think alexander mcqueen did some of this.

    >> yes. unfortunately he just passed but he was such an amazing talent . he used digital designs on so many things.

    >> bobbie thomas , great getting crafty with you. pick up "the

TODAY contributor
updated 4/15/2010 10:32:07 AM ET 2010-04-15T14:32:07

Showing up at a spring soiree only to find someone else in the same dress is definitely a downer. To ensure your outfit is unique, why not do it yourself and reinvent an old favorite with a vibrant new print? You’ll not only create a one-of-a-kind work of walking art, but you’ll have the perfect conversation piece.

Bobbie Thomas, TODAY style editor and author of The Buzz column for In Touch Weekly, helps you create a custom print or pattern for your clothes.

Fingerprint florals
Use the paint-by-numbers skills you learned back in preschool to make a tank or blouse bloom! Breathe life into a faded floral print by hand-painting bold color or metallic accents over the design to add another dimension. But no need to stay in the lines here — it’s all about being free; abstract “couture” coloring can work too. Simply dip one of your digits in paint, press a “petal,” then rotate and repeat. While there is a rainbow of fabric paints available, any acrylic paint will also work on fabric as long as you mix it with a textile medium (Americana Fabric Painting Medium, 2 oz - $2.99, Michaels.com).

Sponge stamping
Another idea is to spruce up a solid garment by using a sponge. In fact, this is the perfect project for a faded little black dress. Create contrast with repeating geometric shapes, and note — the imperfections make it intriguing, so don’t worry if each stamp mark isn’t exactly the same. To get the look, use triangle makeup sponges or cut a kitchen sponge into smaller circles or squares. You can even improvise by cutting a peeled potato into your desired shape. A seam on the garment, strip of tape or chalk line will work well as a baseline to guide you. Cover the entire surface or consider printing on just a few panels for a figure-flattering effect! Pee-ew!The 13 worst perfumes

Drip and drizzle
For a modern update to splatter painting, use your clothing as a canvas for some abstract artwork. A free-form print will give any garment an unexpected update. Dig into your bottom drawer (or his) to find an old, stained tee, and get ready to channel your inner Jackson Pollock. Use newspaper or garbage bags as a tarp, and play with different fabric spray paints to get a variety of textures (Simply Spray soft fabric paint, 2.5 oz - $12.69, SimplySpray.com; Tulip Fashion Blast bold spray-on fabric paint, 4 oz - $6.49, Ilovetocreate.com). Tuck your finished product into a pencil skirt, slip on some heels and you’ve instantly transformed this tee from forgotten into new fashion-forward favorite.

Digital designs
From butterfly motifs to inkblots, you can carve out figure-flattering curves by folding a dress down the middle and painting a design on each half. You can find premade stencils in the wall décor section of craft supplies stores like Michaels, or consider using poster board, wax paper or even a cardboard box. Just fold it in half and cut out your design, then center it like a stencil in the center of your garment and get ready to transfer. Depending on your desired finish, you can use fabric spray paint or brush on some color by hand. And for a premade pattern, I love the amazing digital designs available on Spoonflower.com — a Web site that allows you to personalize and produce your own fabric. Upload any photo or scan, customize, and they’ll do the rest. Besides being able to make your own clothing, you can also utilize the site for fabric to make decorative pillows, pet beds, linens and more!

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