Tuesday, March 12, 2013

one way to jazz up old chambray

Hello friends,
Have you ever felt like you have a full closet but nothing to wear?. Yes, I heard ya :). I'm thinking, instead of buying more clothes I won't be wearing any time soon, why don't I re-fashion some of them?. I've got an old chambray shirt from a geology field trip in Utah, several years back. It seriously needs some face-lift :). Been wanting to jazz up old clothes for several months now and last night, I just patched up that old shirt for a start. What fun!.


It started out like this;

Laid a piece of denim patch on the spot I like to cover up.

Layered on top of it, a piece of peach colored tulle. Very much inspired by my 'inspiration sheer' post.

And a little lace goes a long way :).

I stamped 'Eiffel Tower' on the pocket, with intention to sew some beads on it.

Then I temporarily removed this pocket patch from the shirt and started sewing the beads, the lace and all the other details on the loose pocket. Much easier this way. When all is done, only then I sewed the embellished pocket to the shirt, for good. Faux pocket that is, because I sewed all four corners to totally cover the old embroidery :). 

The finished patch.

What do you think?. Happy dance :).

LOVE this quick trick. Paris-street-chic, don't you think?.

Poor collars, they need to be pretty too!. So I sewed tiny beads all over the collars :). Inspired by a clever idea I saw on Pinterest, here. Turning an average collared shirt into a fashion statement.

Something old and something blue!.

I spent about 20 minutes to sew all these tiny beads.

Oh, Hello!.  Me, wearing the 'new chambray' while visiting the National Planetarium today :). 

This is so much fun, felt like a designer already :). HA! Maybe I should patch, rip, bleach, die and stamp my other old jeans now. Endless possibilities!. Do you have any cool techniques to revamp old clothes?. Do share :). Until next, have a great mending week!. HUGS.

P/S: I'm linking up this altered project to Eclectic Paperie blog's, the latest Get Altered Challenge : Fabric Challenge.

24 comments:

  1. It looks totally fab now :) "rip, bleach, die"...YES! I want to see that!

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    1. yeah!!. that's the spirit :). good timing for some spring cleaning too, don't you think??. HUGS.

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  2. Love your latest artworks! If I had only half of your creativity I would be a more than happy!! Love the sewing! Love Nilla

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    1. LOL, hey Nilla!. Thanks so much :). I would say the same to our friend, Sharon Yong ... I saw her at Scrappingville today and admiring her lovely, chunky art journal :). You've got to get here soon, so you too can do all the texture touching!. Ha!. HUGS.

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  3. Very creative. Such a novel idea.

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    1. Thanks, Lili. This is what I do now, mending my clothes :). Such fun !.

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  4. I love your new denim!!! Very creative- and the possibilities are endless! I bet you'll be sharing more :):)

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    1. Aha, stay tune my friend :). I'm now rummaging through my closet, looking for poor clothing to alter!. Never thought it would be this fun :). HUGS.

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  5. Soooooooo clever. Love the lace and the beaded Eiffel Tower. :)

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  6. clever..clever..love the idea. easy and simple to do.
    did you cut your hair short already? hehe..

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    1. Not yet, I wore a pony tail :). Easier when I'm out walking.

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  7. I am LOVING this.. I have a black sweatshirt hoodie I have been wanting to do something like this to. I just can't figure out what. Now you got me thinking my friend. Thanks for the inspiration..

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    1. Oh great!!. And I LOVE pinning for alteration ideas too :). I'm like a mad woman, stitching away old clothes now. Ha!. HUGS.

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  8. Super fun, I gotta learn how to sew that eiffel tower, so pretty!

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    1. Oh yes, please do :). One bead at a time. It's addictive, I tell ya!. HUGS.

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  9. Hello!! I finally get to see you, nice to have a face with the name! What a great idea for your shirt, it's so pretty! All the beads and stitching/lace came out so nice and the collar too! My mom likes to do this with clothes and my girls did when they were younger. YES YES YES, do more of these and jeans are always the best to play with and change up!!!
    Thanks for sharing another creative and fun idea with us!!

    Saw your comment on Sam's haircut, it is such a big change. I love when his hair is long but he doesn't like taking care of it. Hoping soon he will grow into caring more about being clean and wearing nice clothes, haha, a mom can dream can't she! Oh and my sister invited me over for cornbeef/cabbage on St.Patrick's Day. There is a big parade about an hour away from here but we never go, thousands of people which doesnt sound like fun to me. Will stay home and warm and enjoy my cornbeef. Have a good day! HUGS!

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    1. Hey, Dawn :). Thanks for loving this project. Yeah, I think I'll more of my pictures this year :). HUGS.

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  10. How fabulous! Oh, and what Dawn said... love seeing you in the pics... the spacesuit shot was awesome :-) Love this shirt makeover... why is not in the fabric challenge on the eclectic Paperie blog? Hmmmmm???? Get linking, pal!

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    1. Hey, Marjie :). I haven't started playing along any challenges this year so, this one is the first :). Thanks for the prompt!. HUGS.

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  11. LOVE it. I absolutely love those green beads. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! That is a heck of an awesome way to dress up a shirt. Wonderful. Thanks so much for playing along with us at eP in our Get Altered Challenge.

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  12. I absolutely LOVE your "new" jacket! I got to visit Paris a couple of years ago, so that pocket is close to my heart! So cool that you wore it to the planetarium, too!

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  13. OMG...look out Ralph Lauren..there's a new hot talent in town! This shirt make over is AWESOME chica. Love it so much and you are ADORABLE!!!!
    Terrific idea and thanks so much for sharing. All of your posts have been wonderful and I've had the best time perusing the amazing photos. :)
    hugs to you,
    Lisa x

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  14. Oh my giddy aunt totally loving your altered shirt..woohooo gorgeous!!
    Now I need to go dig out some clothes....
    So glad you linked up over at eclectic Paperie!
    Hugs
    Tracy
    Xxx

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