I already have a tutorial for "cut-away transfers" and will add this to it. I've tried to meticulously break it down into every step.. the hardest thing for me to do. It's always easier to do something yourself than to explain how you do it... But follow along as this is a MOST useful technique. I'm working this tail "off-block to make it easier for me to handle under the magnifying lamp.
To begin with I must describe the fabric. It is a very dark rich turquoise and a very shiny iridescent surface with a subtle texture. I would never try to mark on it with any pen or pencil. It is a large complex design that will be stitching and beading so working through plastic film does not appeal to me. It is perfect for cut-away transfer.
First I found peacocks tails I liked and cut them into pieces.
Then I played around with these pieces -arranging and rearranging- until I came up with a tail shape that suited my block. I taped them together. Once I had them like I wanted for my tail I taped together so I could trace them.
Once traced I could scan it into my Microsoft word program to get a reverse image.. I always label this copy "right side" so I don't get mixed up later.
In the picture tools of Microsoft Word is the ability to flip this image. Almost all word or photo programs have this ability...you might have to hunt for it. But Staples or Office Depot can do it for you also.
Since the center if each "eye" of the feathers is the same I do not need reproduce it but I could if I wanted to with this method. I could reproduce the tiniest details
I begin by cutting out the entire shape
I've added fusible tricot to the back of the fabric to prevent raveling and I pin this entire paper piece of the tail to the back of the fabric and trace around the entire outside edge.
When I remove the image this is what it looks like. I am using a heavier marker that I usually would so it shows better on film.
Then I cut off just a few of the whole sections at the bottom, replace it in position on the fabric and trace around the cut off sections
And it will look like this......
You just keep repeating cutting and tracing
This sounds complicated but actually it goes very quickly... literally minutes. Each cut and trace adds to the design. If you mess up just tape it back together and recut.
You eventually end up with a pile of little pieces and your design on the back of your fabric.