I bought a purple flannel shirt in a sale for almost nothing ( 3 euro). When the bright cellophane came off the color was not so purple as I had thought. A drab misty purple-grey. Boring! Now more than a year later I only put it on once, and my colleagues wondered what had been gone wrong in the laundry. "Nothing I said, its purple". They looked at me with eyes that spoke:"Yeah, and the moon is purple too!".
So the shirt had to go, or with some arts and craft brought back to life.

Here is what i did to revive a not so old but unloved shirt.

Step 1: What I used

  1. A boring shirt
  2. A sewing machine
  3. Yellow cotton ( crochet) thread
  4. Yellow sewing tread
  5. A seam ripper
  6. A hand needle with a big hole
  7. Bleach
  8. A small plastic bottle with pointy nozzle
  9. A white pencil or tailors chalk ( not on the picture)

I didn't buy any of these. All were in the house. The small plastic bottle I once bought in a artist's shop, to make lines on canvas with very fluent paint.

<p>The neon effect is striking... and what a way to make a boring shirt interesting.</p>
<p>Wow, I thought it was EL wire! :)</p><p>Nice effect!</p>
<p>perfect color illusion! :) </p>
<p>Love it! I'm wondering a couple of things about this project. First of all, I wonder if a bleach pen would work for bleaching the lines. Also, it seems like the bleach could change the color of the yarn, and therefore I wonder if the bleaching could be done first.</p>
I am not familiar with a bleach pen, Please try it and let me know!<br>The yarn acts as a guide, and therefor its easier to stitch on the yarn first. The other way around is possible I think and prevents the yellow yarn from discoloring. You could also test the yarn first.
<a href="http://amzn.to/1qbuKJq" rel="nofollow">Bleach pen</a><br> <br> I will definitely give this a try at some point! Your result is just stunning. Bleach is a migraine trigger for me, which is going to make me resistant, but the end result looks like it will be worth it!
<p>I have a couple shirts 'pre-bleached' that I need to now ad spots of bright yarn and a continuation of the design. The 'pre-bleaching' process happened without my approval. This post treatment is very approved. Great Idea. Thanks for sharing it. Great job documenting it. Nice photos.</p>
Thanks for your comment. Sounds interesting: &quot;bleaching happened without my approval&quot;. The family is O.K. I hope? :-)
<p>very nice idea, i like it cuz you can make the old new again. would work great on t shirts. well done!!!!!!!!!!!!! dave</p>
Wow. That looks amazing. I thought it was LED wires when I saw the first pic. Need to go experiment with some bleach on my less than great shirts.
<p>that's what i thought and it would have been a pretty awesome addition...how many people have LED clothes?!? i assume the pic was taken in blacklight maybe?</p>
The picture was taken with normal daylight, no spot and certainly no blacklight. It is just luck that the bleach gave this reddish color witch looks like light emitting from the yellow line. No light trick involved!
<p>Nice idea and it looks good. Like you said, it looks like it has a neon glow, especially in pictures.</p>
<p>I thought it was LED too. Did you know it would look like that when you started? You have a great imagination. And apparently the gift of foresight. It's awesome and I can't wait to try it.</p>
<p>I think it a great idea. But I think you might have to credit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Wife. Margaret for the design. No the man himself.</p>
<p>Never to late to learn. Thank you for the extra information.</p>
<p>macintosh did more of the geometric designs, more masculine. Margaret did the flowing designs, more feminine. But its good to see the 'MacIntosh' used for a shirt and fashion. </p>
<p>Yes it was Margaret who designed the rose.</p>
That looks very nice. Ideas are flowing! :)
<p>So cool. Like crank_girl, I also suspected EL wire. This is even more accessible (and much easier to launder.)</p>
Great 'ible! Initially I thought you'd used El wire cos the colours let off the shirt.
<p>This is so awesome and much better than the plain shirt. Nice work.</p>

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