Stefi, of Just Chic, contacted me a while back about this cool project that she had come up with. Her idea was to give the same article of clothing to 5 different people and see what they could do with it - the idea being to improve, embellish, and enhance. The only real rule was that the article of clothing had to remain the original article - a shirt had to remain a shirt, not changed into a skirt, or a scarf, etc.
Our first article of clothing was a plain, pink, boxy t-shirt. Here's the before:
And this was my inspiration piece:
The Sleight of Shirt Tee from Modcloth
Then I cut a new neckline.
And used this idea to finish off the neckline.
Now my shirt was ready for some painting. I used the Clorox Bleach Pen.
Be sure to place a layer of cardboard on the inside of your shirt to prevent the bleach from seeping through to the back of your tee. Then you can draw on your design:
I let mine sit for a couple of hours, until I could tell that the fabric was bleaching out. Throw in the washing machine, and wash your bleach out. Then I sewed some white lace around the neckline and "pockets".
And no more plain boxy tee:
Of course, my kids asked "But mom, if you wanted buttons on your shirt why didn't you just sew buttons on?" To which my response was the most brilliant, all-purpose, mom-answer, "Just because."
You can check out the 4 other amazing pink t-shirt re-do's on Stefi's blog. And look for more of this project coming up - we're doing 4 more rounds with different articles of clothing.