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Where do you start? What’s involved? How do you get your kid’s imagination in wearable fashion form?

Step 1: Start at Picture This Clothing.

Print your preferred size of Picture This Clothing Dress or T-shirt template.

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Step 2: Gather Art Supplies

We show only crayons here, but you can really get creative with this template. We’ve had customers use candy, paint, chalk, markers, buttons, guitar picks, paper, stickers, foods, photographs, their own hands, and more. Your imagination is the limit – get crazy! Anything you can place on top of the template and photograph, we can put on your dress.

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Step 3: Let Your Kid Unleash Imagination All Over It…

(Ok, kids started school today, I had no kid models.)
P.S., Want to use existing artwork? Read this.

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STEP 4: Take a Good Photo of the Finished Art. Here are a Few Tips:
(watch short video about taking a good photo)

Step 4 — Tip 1: 
Find a well-lit area. Don’t be afraid to get up good and close. We find that going outside works pretty well, too if it’s a sunny day where you are.

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Step 4 — Tip 2:
Frame it up so the paper fills your camera view screen. All the way to the edges!

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Step 4 — Tip 3:
Be mindful of your angle / perspective. Your template is literally a miniature version of your shirt or dress pattern, the more squared-up you are, the more accurately your art is going to translate onto the final product.

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Step 4 — Tip 4:
Don’t go too far away, or get too fancy with your perspective. These ones, unfortunately, we have to bug you for re-takes.

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Step 4 — Tip #5:
If it’s super wrinkly (cuz’… kids), flatten it out the best you can. The wrinkles print, too. And sometimes they translate more like dirty bits on the garment. Sometimes they translate into really cool dimension-giving texture!
Aim for as much even color/lighting as you can. The whiter the whites of your paper, the better!

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Step 4 — Tip#6:
Beware the hand shadow! Sometimes when you’re trying to get up close on something and get a good photo, your hand casts a shadow right on top of what you’re photoing. 🙁
Unless you love it and want it printed on your dress, no shadows.

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Step 5: UPLOAD THAT GORGEOUS IMAGE!
Once you’ve got your super nice photo of your AMAZING dress or shirt design, upload it on our site. Give us approximately 30 days to get this hot ticket dropped into the mail for you, and you’ll have the most unique, custom printed, cut and sewn article of clothing you’ve ever rocked!

Note: The dress from this post hasn’t been printed yet, I did this whole thing to share some tips for making the best possible version of your very own dress from Picture This Clothing. ❤

STEP 1: Gather Materials

Materials needed:

  • Printed dress or t-shirt template in size of your choice from PictureThisClothing.com
  • Existing kid-art of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Smartphone to take photo (not pictured, because I used it to take photos)

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Step 2: Cut the inside out of the template outline

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Step 3: Position the “hollowed” template over the artwork to get it just right

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Step 4: Get a nice, close up shot using your smartphone

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Step 5: Upload that amazing design at PictureThisClothing.com so we can print, cut, sew and ship it to you, ready to wear!

One Winter break not long ago, I made a dress for my daughter Zia, based off of a drawing she had done. Zia loved it and it has since been a big hit with everyone that’s seen it, and could often be quoted saying, “I’m wearing my imagination!”

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Zia’s original drawing (left) and Zia wearing the one we made (right). This was what sparked the idea NOT HOW PICTURE THIS MAKES DRESSES HAPPEN. Please read on.

Due to the positive response and requests from Zia’s friends and classmates to also ‘wear their imagination’, friends Ken (@kenfinney), Igi (@menodesign), Stephan (@stephanschier) and I chatted about how to turn this concept into something where kids everywhere could have fun with hands-on drawing and coloring, and then see their imaginative artwork come to life in wearable fashion form.

We looked into creating custom sewn dresses like Zia’s original on a mass scale, but among other issues it turned out it would be really expensive and time consuming to try to pattern and recreate custom dresses in the same way. Zia’s original dress as pictured above cost +$72 in fabric and 12+ hours of time for me to pattern and sew. In short — expensive!
We wanted something that could be accessible to a lot kids, of a broad spectrum of social and economic status, and also be an easily scalable business model. So with a little more brainstorming we came up with our concept for Picture This Clothing.

We’ve created a simple, printable coloring book style template, where kids can doodle, stick stickers, paste pictures, and do any other kind of fun hands-on creative arts and crafts things they can dream up. Parents take a photo of the artwork (easiest with a smartphone), place the order from our site, and we send back a custom cut-and-sewn article of clothing.

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Zia the Vampire-Cat designing many dresses

 

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The idea was born! This is designed specifically for kids, and one of its uniquenesses is it promotes a fun non-digital hands-on activity — it’s a great activity for parties and play-dates! We transform kids drawings to a real custom cut-and-sew dress (t-shirts coming soon!) resulting in the kid’s very own coloring page brought to life. They can literally wear their imagination!