Refashion: Bleach Shirt Fail!

Plain pink tank! You know I can’t resist pink!

I printed a design on some freezer paper. I cut out the design.

I ironed the stencil onto my tank (with low heat).

Then I got out my bleach pen and went to work filling in the design. I also filled up a spray bottle with 50:50 bleach and water and gave it a few spritzes.

I looked up some other tutorials on bleach stenciling and found that most people let the bleach sit for around 30minutes. I did just that and it didn’t seem to be done….so I waited. And waited. And waited some more. After the 2 hour mark I decided it must be done and I just didn’t realize it. I rinsed off the bleach and was left with….nothing. Na da. Not a thing.

Yep, nothing. So being very discouraged I dried the shirt and tried just spraying the shirt with 100% bleach and ended up with the same result…just a unharmed, un bleached pink tank top.

Oookay, soo plan C was put into action.

Like a not very smart person I didn’t save my original stencil that I’d made on the computer. So, plan C called for a slightly revised version of my first stencil. Printed that onto some freezer paper, cut it out and ironed the new stencil onto the tank top.

I used some Pewter fabric paint to paint on my design.

After the paint dried….

I cut 3 triangles of fabric that I had. (I think the patterns fit with the theme of the shirt) I wanted to make triangular cut outs on the back of the tank top. To do this I cut triangles of heat n bond (notice: I cut out the middle of each triangle)

I applied the heat n bond to the right side of the fabric this time, because I wanted it to be the visible part of the cut out.

I ironed on the heat n bond triangles onto the back side of the tank top. Then I cut the fabric out that was covering the fabric triangles.

My last  step was to sew along the edges of the triangle cut outs, to make it look complete.

I mean really? Is there such things as bleach resistant material? I can say that after an unfortunate cleaning accident a pair of my work scrubs are not bleach resistant…why couldn’t it work on this silly tank top? Anyway…Happy Refashioning!!!

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About the author

Marisa Glied

My name is Marisa, phonetically that’s Marie-sa and I am the writer of TheRefashStash. I started TheRefashStash 2 years ago when I seriously got into sewing as a hobby. You could say I have been refashioning before I even knew what refashioning was! I started by paining my own custom t-shirts, taking in clothes and then making my own prom dress! What is refashioning, you may ask? To me refashioning is taking an article of clothing and making it something new! This could be as simple as changing buttons on a shirt or making a suit jacket into a fabulous new purse! Refashioning is all about being creative! TheRefashStash is also a contributor on the community refashion blog: Refashion Co-Op. I have also participated in the friendly online sewing competitions: Refashion Runway Season 3, and came in 3rd place in Refashion Runway Season 4: Allstars.

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