Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Life for Old Clothes


I have a ton of these shirts that I have acquired over the years which I purchased from J. Jill and Talbots. I have been wearing the same style for many years. I like them because they are simple, warm, comfy and flattering. But, let's face it. I am a bit messy. I eat tons of salad and as a result I have salad dressing spots on just about every one of them. Once they get a stain on them I relegate them to studio wear. Although I have been known to forget I have them on and go out in them much to my chagrin.

At first I tried stamping designs over the spots but they faded out rather quickly as I wasn't able to get enough paint on the fabric with my stamps because the fabric is knit and very stretchy.

So I tried out my new stencils from Stencil Girls. I think it worked really well. I used Jaquard fabric paint in metallic gold. After the paint dried I ironed the reverse side to heat set the paint. The top shirt was done with their "Trees" stencil and the bottom shirt was done with their "Tire Track" stencil (which I won by the way on a blog hop!) Gotta love those blog hop giveaways!

I feel like I just went out and bought a whole new wardrobe. I am going to have to get some more stencils so I can do some more of the previously ruined shirts!

I may even take them on vacation with me next week!Talk about up-cycling! To think I almost put them in the Goodwill bag!


9 comments:

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I learned that trick years ago when my daughter was a baby. I used to stitch over waste canvas when I couldn't get a stain out. Later, I used embroidery or paint on my own clothes. Heck, when you find a piece you like, you have to get every mile out of it!

Your's look great.

layers said...

I had to smile when I read that "to your chagrin you forget your are wearing them and go out" to paraphrase what you wrote.. I have done the same thing... wear something 'old' in the studio and then wear them out... you have thought of a very clever creative way to 'hide' the salad marks.

rosaria williams said...

Up-cycling! If nothing else, your method saves a ton of energy for this energy starved world.

Candace said...

Always nice to have a bunch of new clothes...especially unique ones.

Terri Stegmiller said...

What a fabulous way to add life to your clothing. Love it!!!

Transitionstx said...

Great idea, Roberta, and great fashion and ecology! Hope you have a wonderful vacation.

Roberta said...

Thanks everyone. I am on a roll here! Digging up all my old shirts as we speak!

Linda Kittmer said...

What a brilliant idea. I've been known to get a stain or two on my clothes too. Besides, it's a wonderful way to have a unique t-shirt without too much work.

Amanda said...

This is such a fantastic idea. I've been thinking of doing some embroidery on my clothes for the same reason.