Sunday, January 2, 2011

Upgrading a Tank Top

In the beginning of the summer I bought myself a simple tank top. I really liked its shape and color, but for some reason every time I wore it, I felt a bit pale. Something was missing. So after a lot of thinking, I finally decided what I want to do with it (and I don't care that summer is practically over and I won't be able to wear it this year). I dug in my pile of plastic bags waiting for recycling and found one with a beautiful picture of three women looking like they just emerged from the 50's. I cut the picture and decided to try and use a technique I've never tried before, only read about it a while ago. In this technique you use the iron to press plastic bags (the thicker kind, not the super simple ones) on clothes. So the minute I saw my dear husband ironing his shirts, I went to get the bag and tried it. I put the plastic bag picture on the tank top, then parchment paper on it and pressed hard with the iron.  If you're trying it, be careful not to move the iron and the picture. After pressing down for 30 seconds or so, I let it cool for 10 seconds and removed the parchment paper carefully, because the plastic sticks to it too. And the result:

Iron plastic bags on clothes

Then I added a crocheted flower. The instructions are in Hebrew only, but you can find lots of tutorials for crocheted flowers in English as well (roll down here for a similar crocheted rose).

Crochet flower

And here's the final result -

Upcycled tank top

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