upcycle shirt top

Each of us has clothing that sits in our wardrobe for years… I admit that I have made impulsive purchase in the past, despite my effort in “buy less, choose well” recent years. As a result of my impulsive buying, I bought this top on sales and never worn it for the past few years because the fabric is too sheer and the front closure is not secure enough.

“Why not put my batik starter kit to good use?” I think. That’s how it started! I created the motif and transferred it to the top. The fun part is heating up the wax and draw along the lines… It can be quite messy but the result is better than I initially thought!

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( Do not do this! heating up wax with cookie can…  ) 
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Arent they gorgeous???
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I love this so much even before it is done!

Next step, soak the top into the dye bath and remove the wax afterward by boiling it with soda ash…

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Close up on the details after removing wax…

I think the sleeves are boring so I trimmed it off and give them a new look…

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What do you think???

The color brightened up the whole look!  I love the new sleeves and the goldfishes on my shoulders…

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I will do this again and again because I enjoy making marvelous out of the discarded…

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What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts below…

Love,

Shin Yi