For a long time I'd wanted to try stencilling clothes with freezer paper, so this seemed like the ideal chance. Armed with a cheap stripy t-shirt (black and white, not navy this time) and a roll of the paper, I freehanded my outline and got to work. I stretched my t-shirt out over a drawing board and secured it with small bulldog clips and pegs to prevent movement, and then ironed over the stencil to securely bond it to the shirt.
Once the stencil has adhered (using a steam setting on the iron helps enormously!) I dabbed the fabric paint on with a sponge - all we had was a scrubby washing-up sponge, but it did the job. Luckily, I had some silver fabric paint left over from a disastrous earlier attempt at t-shirt design. At first it went on thinly and the shirt's stripes were still visible in between, but additional coats took care of that. I dried each layer of paint with a hairdryer and cooled it off with the cold shot function, but that's because I'm an impatient blogger and I want my new shirt. You can wait for it to dry naturally if you're more patient than me.
Once the fabric paint is totally dry, pull gently on the edges and the freezer paper peels off to reveal clean lines. Set the paint according to the manufacturer's instructions, wash the shirt if necessary to remove any residue from the paper, and you're good to go.
I think I'll wear mine with red lipstick, jeans, black and white Vans, a black leather cuff and possibly a bandana - a little more edgy than your traditional nautical look, but why not?
p.s. 10 internet points and a virtual cookie to anyone who gets the reference in this post's title.