The sand and sun are waiting for you dear, so prepare with this easy upcycled diy shorts project. When upcycling clothes, sometimes simple is amazing. There's no need for creating something that is overly decorated. A few ingredients and a few pleasant steps are all it takes to upcycle jeans into trendy and creative DIY shorts. In a previous post featuring nautical striped DIY shorts, I showed you how to use tape to create bleach stripes. For this idea, I decided to skip that step and inspire you to create imperfect or distressed stripes using only bleach, fabric dye, and a rectangle sponge brush. I like to keep frequently needed upcycling supplies on hand for quick “creativity breaks”. Finding time for small expressions of creativity is essential for keeping my ADD brain focused. Squirrel!
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This DIY fashion project involves a denim chambray top which is a must have for any wardrobe! Upcycling this vintage denim button up was done using nothing more than scissors, bleach, sandpaper, new buttons, needle and thread, and of course..time. First, I gave it a trendy high-low hemline to modernize the look. Next, I measured and cut out the shoulders to add a flirty touch. I cut the tips of the collar and top of the pocket off for more fun detail. Next, I carefully painted on diluted bleach with a paintbrush (a bleach pen would work too!). I bleached out the bottom hem, the shoulder openings, the pocket and the collar tips. I used coarse sandpaper to rough up all the bleached edges to give it this upcycled vintage shirt a distressed, bohemian style. Finally, I made it great for summer 2013 by replacing the old buttons (and a missing one) with some awesome nautical anchor buttons. Voila, the perfect summer shirt that will coordinate with this season's bright colored and patterned bottoms! To purchase this shirt and more modern vintage upcycled clothing, visit the Civilian Style Boutique @ CivilianStyle.net or check out Civilian Style on Etsy.
Jennifer lives in south Louisiana and believes that almost anything can be done yourself.