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

My workshop

This is where I design, draft, cut and sew. After days of cleaning, sorting, moving and tidying, my studio is finally ready!!! I am so excited to work in this new space 🙂  It is bright and airy, couldn’t ask for more!


 Noticeboard and mannequins next to my bookcase. I need a few more mannequins…   Stationary and photoshoot prop corner.  My markers! I got most of them from my senior. They fit perfectly in Ikea document rack!  Thread rack… I installed it underneath the window; the position is rather low and inconvenient but I can’t think any better place than this… The rack is running out of space soon… 😦  My fabric storage 😀 I spent days on sorting and folding fabric, keep them neatly on the rack. It isnt an easy task but i am super proud of my work!!! On the left: loose end fabrics less than 1 meter.  On the right: Fabric scraps from various projects and assignments. I rolled them up to save space and it is easier to search and remove when I need to use them. On top of my bookcase, is where I put my cup of coffee and water bottle. The colors diagram behind is my color theory class assignment. The t-shirts are what I designed for Brian’s class 🙂 I really miss my school time… My books!!! I still keep my old projects and my scrapbook. They reminds me of all the good time i have had in class ❤  A touch of green at the corner… My huge working table!My machines~Another corner of my studio.


This is where I work and spend most of my time on~ I love this space and cant be thankful enough for this…