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I’ve had a DIY project on my mind for a while now and when my sister and nieces came to visit last week I was able to finally able to turn a jean jacket into wearable art.
I’ve painted on jeans for years. I once had a fantastic jean jacket I handed painted inside with the image of Jim Morrison. I really wish I hadn’t given that jacket away.
I have kept t-shirts I’ve painted along with jeans and shorts from years past. It was in the late 80’s and early 90’s that I did the most painting on fabric so returning to this medium wasn’t a huge leap for me.
For my two nieces that have always painted on canvases or paper though it proved to be a bit more challenging.
In the end though they pushed through their initial difficulties and I think you will all agree that these one-of-a-kind wearable art jean jackets all turned out incredible.
We thrifted all of the jean jackets and picked up the sewing trims at Fabricland and iron on letters at Michaels.
My sister bought a jacket that was already quite embellished however that didn’t stop her adding more and really making it her own.
You can’t see it well but she hand stitched on crystal beads on the pockets.
Reese decided to paint a girl and an owl on the back of her jacket along with handmade fabric leaves, flowers and iron on butterflies.
Rylee painted a lion on the back of her jean jacket.
Sadly the camera didn’t pick up all the sequin and crystal beads she sewed on by hand in his mane.
You really need to see these pieces in real life to appreciate all of the details and hard work that went into them.
I wasn’t able to create my own as I was too busy helping everyone else however after doing this little “workshop” I’m geared up to try something soon. I’ve started painting on a blazer that I can’t wait to get back to.
Do you ever alter your clothing? Do you like the idea of creating wearable art?
This Park and Cube shows a DIY how to paint leaves on white shorts here which is really quite cute. I don’t agree that fabric paints are necessary. I’ve always used acrylic paints on my jeans and it works just fine, just thin them with a bit of water. It may be a bit stiff at first, but that stiffness goes away after a few washings.
Do you enjoy getting dressed?
Identifying your own personal style and then playing with it is fun!
You can learn to create your own style statement here.
The five words I chose to describe my personal style statement were; artistic, unique, relevant, fun and strong. This dress has fun, unique and artistic covered.
Your clothes should make you feel happy regardless of age or weight.
If they don’t you need to rethink your wardrobe and your internal dialogue.
We often restrict our style choices due to self limiting beliefs instilled in our minds from an early age.
For a deeper look into this check out Sherry’s brilliant post about building a spine in a backless dress.
Making an honest effort to confront these beliefs by challenging ourselves through experimentation moves us past our negative internal voices and allows our authentic selves to shine through.
7 Tips To Find Clothes That Make You Happy Regardless of Age or Weight
1. Thrifting is the all time best way I’ve found to allow me to try out new things, experiment and find clothes that make me happy.
You don’t have to drop big bucks to experiment and try something new. If it doesn’t work in the end just re donate it.
Added bonus…you’re a super hero! You aren’t depleting the earth’s limited resources. You are buying secondhand clothing and recycling pieces that might otherwise end up in a landfill.
2. Knowing your body shape is important to choosing clothes that will make you feel good about yourself.
Sylvia has some great posts on identifying your body shape.
3. Choose the correct size for your body shape and type.
We all want to fit into a size 2 but only a few of us actually can. Accept your size and move on.
4. Assess your weaknesses and your strengths.
Do you have great ankles? Go for flashy shoes.
Do you have great legs? Wear skinny jeans. ( I don’t care what they say…skinny jeans will always be in!)
5. Choose clothes that you love.
They are guaranteed to make you happy. Don’t worry about any fashion rules. Follow your heart.
6. Choose colours and patterns that you love.
If you don’t like patterns you probably won’t like wearing them. Same goes for choosing colours to wear.
7. Own it.
Confidence is the difference between looking amazing and looking ridiculous. If you don’t think you have the confidence to pull off what your heart desires yet fake it.
Like night vision it takes our eyes a little while to adjust to our new selves.
Changing our personal style requires an adjustment period.
Understand that you are worthy of wearing whatever you want.
Our clothing can shift the perception of ourselves.
Our chosen second skin is an opportunity to make positive changes. Giving yourself permission to dress as the person you aspire to be is the beginning of the change you want to see in yourself.
Every time I come across lovely dresses like this one when thrifting they make my heart skip a beat and I get excited thinking about how I’m going to wear it and what I’ll pair it with.
It is just so darn cute. The ruffle neckline, the fit and flare the polkadots! Seriously! What’s not to love?
I knew this dress could really hold its own so I paired it with a blue wig just for fun. Why not? As adults we often forget that we can take some time to just play around.
Practical has its place in the adult world but never forget the power of allowing yourself to experiment and enjoy.
Making some time to do this can be as therapeutic as meditating. I liken it to when I’m painting or drawing…I get in “the zone”. You allow yourself to really focus on the moment.
Life opens up and all we see are possibilities.
Several bloggers such as Judith, Mel and Debora describe the way they choose outfits as using their bodies to create art for the day.
What a wonderful concept!
Style isn’t about wanting to be someone else, or following rules, it is about knowing yourself, believing in yourself and working with what you have to create a visual representation of your soul on the outside for all the world to see.
How do you choose clothing that makes you happy?