DIY Fails – galaxy print dress

(I cannot be seen in public in this hideous dress)

Damn you Pinterest for making me think that every one of those “pin now, read later” posts are a good idea to try. In fact, there’s a whole blog for Pinterest Fails and this week I have two to submit.

One fail was a lackluster diy hair experiment. The other fail was this dress – it’s supposed to be a DIY galaxy print dress. I first saw it here and then Elisalex gave it a shot as well. Both of theirs turned out pretty good, I thought.

Here’s the deets – lay your item of clothing flat (in my case an old, tired target shirt dress that I never wore anymore, so no big loss). Mix bleach and water in a spray bottle (I experimented with different amounts) and spray over your garment and let dry. Then take fabric spray paint and spray over the shirt all artistic like. Finally use a small paint brush and some fabric paint and dab stars and nebula and what-not all over the place.

Uhhhh, yeah

(is that andromeda? no, it’s blobdromeda)

Problem #1: I got carried away. With everything – paint, bleach, the whole shebang. I wanted the bleached areas to be whiter like this girl’s dress and less orange so I kept adding more bleach and I let bleach “pool” in places which only made blobs of orange rather than a floaty milky-way. My fabric just wasn’t going to get white.

Problem #2: Those “blobs” never blended together, especially the ones in the back. The seam line kept the bleach from moving.

Problem #3: I used the same brand of spray paint as both tutorials but I only bought three colors – metalic silver, and non metalic yellow and purple. The yellow and purple completely soaked in, even on the bleached parts. You can’t even tell that there is any paint at all! Only the silver showed up so I went a little spray crazy and the whole thing looks like a sparkly mess.

Problem #4: I don’t know what the f— stars are supposed to look like! I just painted spots of blue and white and yellow all over the place with no real plan and you know what? They look like paint spots, not stars. Sadface.


Will I try this one again? Meh, I doubt it. It’s not that I don’t like the style but I just don’t think I have the ability to tell myself to stop spraying more bleach and just let it look more natural, ya know what I mean? I have no restraint!

Have you experienced any Pinterest Fails?

50s Skirt Restyle, or, back from the dead!

Simplicity 2512

Readers – I feel like I owe you a big apology. You may or may not remember that last August (yes, nearly 6 months ago) I put up a vote on the blog to decide what to do with this too-small handmade 1950s gathered skirt.

50s skirt
(the before picture)

I offered four pattern options and after counting comments as well as pestering some of my friends the winner was option 4 – Simplicity 2512 (I realize I mistyped the pattern number in the previous post).

Ok, so now I had a design, which I had made before so I thought it would be pretty easy. But when I began to lay out the patten pieces I noticed problems. I had to place the paper around the existing pockets and side seams. I also noticed several large, yellow patches from age stains that needed to be avoided, too (yes, I prewashed it). And to top it off nearly all of the pretty green sequins had broken, lost their color or were completely missing. Those sequins were the whole reason I was drawn to the fabric at the start!

Disappointed, this skirt, now cut in pieces, sat around in my craft room looking sad and dejected for 6 months. I know, I know, I’m terrible!

Simplicity 2512

So earlier this month I got off my bum and bought a pack of sequins and tiny gold beads and replaced EVERY. SINGLE. SEQUIN. UGH!

Simplicity 2512

Only then did I assemble the skirt which was a breeze compared to sequin sewing.

I added some piping to the hem and the waist just for a little extra pop and I lined the whole skirt with some nude rayon bemberg because the white flowers were pretty see-through.

Simplicity 2512

Now the skirt is much more wearable (because it fits!) and I can finally tell everyone that I finished this darn thing and why it took me so long! Talk about getting in over your head!

Thanks to everyone who voted on a pattern, I appreciate the participation. And I’m very sorry I had to make you wait for so long to see it now.

Simplicity 2512
(this is my “hurry up and take the picture, boyfriend, because this is an active rail line and I’d rather not be run over by a train!” face)

Gold Tip Shoe Restyle

Gold shoe restyle

I have a funny story for you – About three weeks ago I visited my extended family. One night we went to meet my cousins who rent an RV space at a lake in the area to camp. Not expecting to go to a camp ground, the only shoes I had were some patent nude flats. It was cold that night so I sat by the camp fire to keep warm.

It wasn’t until later that I realized that tiny bits of ash and embers in the smoke had floated onto my shoes and burned them! They went from nice and shiny to having tons of tiny pock marks where the shiny surface had melted!

Sad burned shoes!

I tried in vain to find another pair just like these – my favorite flats. I thought I’d have to finally say good by and toss these puppies in the trash but then I got an idea – paint them!

Here’s what I did and what you will need –

  • Painters tape
  • Small paintbrush
  • Glitter paint
  • Sand paper (optional)

Now, I’ve seen some people online use glitter spray paint but the craft store was all out of gold, which is what I really wanted. Instead I went with a bottle of Martha Stewart glitter craft paint in Smokey Quartz (which is really more like watery glitter glue. It’s just clear paint with tons of glitter in it).

I didn’t want to paint the entire shoe because I really like the nude color and the pock marks were only on the top front of the shoes. I marked a line with painters tape on either side of both shoes.

Next I scrubbed the shoes with 320 grit sand paper just in case the paint wouldn’t stick to the shiny patent surface.

Sanded and ready to paint

Then I painted one layer of glitter paint, let it dry then covered it with a second layer. Two layers were all I needed but I easily could have added a couple more for a super glittery surface. With this paint you really can’t put too much on at a time. The clear paint itself is a little watery and it starts getting tiny bubbles but those disappear as it dries.

Happy glitter tipped shoes

I took off the tape and voila – partially gold shoes that have now been saved from the trash heap!

Glittery shoes

The paint has held up so far with no problems which is good because I plan on putting these shoes back into heavy rotation.

Have you ever painted shoes before? What did you use?

Skirt Restyle Poll

50s skirt

I’m seeking your advice, dear blog readers. Several months ago I bought this 1950s skirt from an antique store. I loved the fabric (it even has little green sequins in it) and turns out it was hand made and pretty well made, at that.

The problem was it didn’t fit. Too small in the waist. However I figured I could still do something with all that fabric. The skirt is full and poofy even without any added petticoats which I’m sure the original owner wore underneath this skirt.

It isn’t gathered all the way around, only on the sides, leaving the front and back smooth.

50s skirt under construction

At first I thought I would make a midi length circle skirt design but that was before I snipped off the waistband and discovered that the skirt wasn’t a big circle shape and rather a long rectangle. A REALLY long rectangle. In the picture the skirt-sans-waistband is folded in half! It’s really double that long! That’s a lot of fabric!

So now I can’t cut a circle length because that will ruin the lines of the print pattern. Instead I’m asking you, blog readers, to help me out and give me your input as to what I should turn this 4 or so yards into.

I still want to make a skirt from it but I have a couple design options. 1) Midi length gathered skirt, 2) Tea length style pleated skirt which most closely resembles the original design, 3) Knee length pencil skirt, 4) Slightly mini tulip skirt.

With #3 I’d have enough fabric leftover for something else, although I’m not sure what.

Leave a comment with your vote as to what I should do. Oh, and if you have any other suggestions for designs, let me know!