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!