DIY Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt

0.diygalaxyskirt_introphotoA couple years ago I was desperately wanting some galaxy-print fabric since clothing featuring photorealistic prints of stars was just about everywhere. But I couldn’t find any fabric sellers that sold this particular print!! So I just Did It Myself, and designed a number of fun galaxy-print fabrics on, utilizing licensed Hubble Telescope images of star fields, quasars, Red Giants, planets, and galaxies. I worked on them in Photoshop to adjust the colorization and created seamless repeating patterns so they would be perfect for fabric (or even wallpaper!). sparklestarwallpapercarlyjcais_galaxyprintfabricfromSpoonflower1In order to offer them for sale in my shop, I had to order test swatches to check the color and printing. For one of the designs I ordered a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen (upper right in the photo above), not quite sure what I wanted to make with it but certain that I wanted a good enough amount to make something neat. And I finally hit upon a little mini-skirt (though had I ordered 1 yd, I would have had enough for front AND back!).

diygalaxyskirt1 diygalaxyskirt2As it was I had to use some black cotton sateen for the back, but it turned out pretty well regardless and I’m just as pleased with it as if it had been galaxy-print all the way around.

diygalaxyskirt3I used Butterick Pattern 6834, chopping the length at View E (since that’s all the galaxy-print fabric I had). (I believe the pattern is no longer available.)
diygalaxyskirt6Here are some similar patterns you could use:

diygalaxyskirt5It sewed up quickly and was pressed and hemmed in no time, and now I have a fun mini-skirt for Summer!

If you’re looking for this same galaxy fabric, it is here:

Alternate Blue Galaxy Print by CarlyJCais

Or other galaxy print fabrics: (click through to access my shop on Spoonflower)
They look great as blouses, T-shirts, even leggings (on stretch cotton jersey!!)

diygalaxyskirt4Stay tuned for my outfit featuring this skirt, coming soon to the blog.

Happy DIY’ing!

6 Comments on DIY Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt

  1. Brandi
    8.02.2014 at 10:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Your fabrics are fantastic! Those Hubble photos are the best, aren’t they? If I’m not staring at them with my eyes bulging out of my head in amazement, I’m looking for any excuse to use them in my projects.
    Brandi recently posted..Stuff I Do Sometimes Part 3: Art

    • carlyjcais
      8.03.2014 at 8:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Brandi, you are so sweet! :-) I love those space photos, there are just so many of them… Unfortunately some that I bought the license to also included the Hubble telescope’s center crosshairs or text on the photos noting the size of the star fields or asteroids or whatever…so some were not really usable as fabric designs, LOL.

  2. Infinity
    8.03.2014 at 6:11 am (1 year ago)

    What nice done!

    Eva ♥

  3. Quantum
    8.04.2014 at 6:21 am (1 year ago)

    As a girl who absolutely loooooooves astrophysics (and all other types of physics), I’m so happy to see your prints! I think anything with a galaxy on it is good enough to wear any day of the year!

    The Scientist Who DIYs

    • carlyjcais
      8.04.2014 at 8:05 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Quantum! I love the name of your blog – that’s so cool! I love astrophysics and quantum physics too (though didn’t do too well in high school physics class…somehow calculating the speed of a block sliding down a small ramp did not particularly hold my interest, whereas quantum entanglement, quasars, and the multiverse theories? Fascinating.


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