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How to Upcycle Your Shirt into a Pussy Bow Blouse

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How to Upcycle Your Shirt into a Pussy Bow Blouse

Pussy Bow Blouse

I haven't worked in an office for a long time - no more prim and proper shirts; no more ironing!  I still have two of my office shirts from 3 years ago (has it been that long?), one is cotton while the other is polyester. Unfortunately, they are both getting dull and turning a bit grey instead of being pristine white. The cotton one has yellow dots and I'm still hoping I can save it, but anyway, I transformed one of them into a pussy bow blouse   - these are apparently the must have of the season, but I didn't know that until I was googling to find out what I should call my creation!

Dye It!

Yup, I decided to dye the polyester shirt black using Dylon dyes. As the packet called for 250gms of material I decided to enhance my shorts as well. Instead of black, my shirt was transformed into a grey one. It was pretty glum looking....my shorts pretty much turned black.

By the way, dyes use A LOT of water, not for the dyeing process itself, but for the rinsing. It took me at least 5 rinses to get most of the excess dye out, and that doesn't include the final wash in the washing machine with a load of dark clothes. Can you imagine how much water is needed in the a garment factory?



Paint It!

It would be ideal to use fabric paint, but when I was preparing for this, I forgot all about it. I still like how it turned out though.



Pussy Bow Blouse


Cut & Sew It!
I cut off about 3/4 of the sleeves and divided them into ~5cm width strips - as many as I could possibly fit. I then sewed them together and created a long tube.

I also cut off the collar and then sewed the long tube onto the neckline.
Pussy Bow Blouse

Tadaaaah!

Pussy Bow Blouse


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  1. Very creative' wearable art' refashion Agy. I wish dye was not so expensive to buy. If it was cheaper, I would probably dye a lot of projects. How did you set the paint please?

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    1. Hi Karen,

      Thanks for the comment. I havent washed my shirt yet , but I have tried using acryic paint on tshirts, left it to dry over night and it has not come off. Only thing is that the paint is on the surface of the fibers.

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  2. I love your take on this fashion trend. You really made this blouse your own taste and style, and that's an important part of fashion and design!

    http://passportcouture.com

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  3. You really do save everything! I love how you dyed and then painted this shirt. That bow is super cute, too! So creative!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  4. This is really cool! I love the colors and patterns you ended up with!

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  5. I love this tutorial. I like wearing blouses that tie at the neck but I never thought to make one. Also you have a lot cool tips on how to jazz up an old button-up shirt.

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  6. Cute blouse Agy! I've never tried dyeing fabric before - wow, what a lot of water it takes. I have painted before though - just using regular spray paint. We made t-shirts for our swim club and a couple of years and several washes later they still look great!

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    1. I've never tried spray paint - had not thought of that. Thanks, Jill.

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  7. Totally brilliant!! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you, Jodie. I just read about your purple outfits. Now I am tempted already!

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  8. Very cute shirt. I wondered where you got the bow material from, clever to take it from the arms. I never thought about how much water the garment industry uses with dyes. I hope they recycle the water since it isn't needed for drinking, it can have a lower standard of purity.

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  9. This so cute cool! I love the bow and the painting. Very unique!

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  10. Your ideas are awesome.
    Kathleen
    Hi dropping in with a LIKE from Fridays Blog Booster Party #22

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  11. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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    1. THanks, Jill. It's a great way to start this week :-)

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  12. So great idea! I have two old white shirts that are not very white already and up-cycling them this way is very clever. I'm making the change right this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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