A lot of people have asked how I got the cross pattern on the skirt and sleeves so uniform. It was actually very simple: I made a rubber stamp!
I made a paper template the shape and size of the design I wanted, then traced it onto a hard rubber eraser. I then carefully cut away from around the design with a box cutter, removing half the thickness of the eraser (not all the way through). And voila!
To use the eraser, I found it more effective to paint a thin layer of fabric paint onto the eraser with a brush than to dip it into a tray of paint like you would with an ink stamp. Painting it on with a brush ensured it wasn’t on too thick and minimized bleed when I transferred it to the fabric. A few of them at the start didn’t have enough paint, but that’s easy to touch up with a brush afterwards.
Every so often I had to stop and use the box cutter to cut away some of the paint that had built up and dried on the edges/corners of the stamp to make sure that the design remained the same. But otherwise, that’s it! This stamp sped up the processes enormously—it only took me about 3 hours to paint the entire skirt and both sleeves, and that includes the time spent making the stamp. Hope this trick saves some of you some time as well!