Paige of Midwest Darling recently challenged her fellow bloggers to fix-up "ruined" pieces of clothing rather then getting rid of them. Her post "Things We Can Learn From Our Grandparents : 'Make Do and Mend' " is really inspirational, and I hope you'll check it out.
I originally bought this shirt because I liked the way it fit, and it was part of a "two for" sale Addition-Elle was having, but I always thought the colour was sort of blah. It didn't help that it developed multiple stains before I got the chance to wear it more than a few times. I had no intention of throwing it away, but I had no idea what to do with it. Thanks to Paige's Make do and Mend challenge, this shirt got a new life.
I decided to bleach splatter it because even if it didn't cover all of the stains, it would make any discolouration less obvious. Plus, I love the bleach splatter look and it was time I tried it out for myself.
The shirt before it's transformation. Boring colour and stains!
The bleach. Did I ever tell you I'm afraid of bleach? My family never had it around the house or used it for cleaning, so to me it is this unfamiliar, corrosive substance.
I poured the bleach into a plastic container, and used this cheap craft brush to splatter the shirt.
We have a wheel-chair accessible shower, which made a perfect place to work.
After the colour change set in, I rinsed it a few times with cool water and then hung it to dry.
I haven't worn it out yet (I was eager to make this post) but when I do I'll keep it simple. Here is is with Old Navy leggings, and AA scarf, and silver bangles from Penningtons.
There you go! Rather than throwing out the shirt and contributing to the world's growing waste problem, I was crafty and now have a 'new' shirt different from anything else I own.