Monday, March 11, 2013

Pinterest challange: polka dot jeans

For week four of Merrick's Pinterest Challenge I actually combined two of Merrick's own tutorials, boot cut jeans to flared jeans, and DIY polka dot jeans. This is the result:


I started with this pair of boot cut jeans I've had in my refashion pile forever:



polka dot jeans

The color was great and the top fit perfectly, but I needed to make them skinny jeans! Polka dot boot leg jeans would probably just look weird. So I turned them inside out and laid a pair of jeans I had previously refashioned over the top to mark where I needed to take them in.

polka dot jeans.

I pinned them into place so that I could take them in and make them skinny jeans:

polka dot jeans

For the polka dot part, I pretty much followed Merrick's tutorial. Except I used white fabric paint I had laying around, and the bottom of a smallish pen to basically stamp the polka dots onto the jeans. 

Before I show you more of the "after" photos, I want to introduce everyone to my fantastically talented new photographer:

polka dot jeans
So gorgeous!
I admit it, I'm a little biased about her talents. That's right! I taught my four year old daughter how to use my camera. Am I crazy? Maybe, but she does good work. I actually had her do the outfit photos for my post on how to modernize 90's vintage too. Can you believe it? 

Without further ado, the "after" photos. And can you tell how windy it was when these photos were taken? It was intense.

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Look at my hair! Yikes!
Here is a closer pic of the final product:

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The dots turned out nice and even, even if the white is a little too bright for my liking. I was originally going for a more subtle look.

polka dot jeans

They turned out....ok. I would not recommend using plain old fabric paint. If I were to do this again I'd use a bleach pen. The white paint was not only too bright, but it cracked as it dried, so these will not be pants I will get a ton of use out of (I still haven't washed them, I'm a little scared to). That's ok, they're a cute and trendy spring piece, but if I wanted them to last I'd use bleach for sure. And Merrick's dots were much smaller which was initially the look I was going for. But they're super cute overall. I will be using them a few times before the paint wears off for sure.

50 comments:

  1. I definitely want to try this! I have a pair of jeans that I also need to make into skinny jeans. And I'll remember to use your tip on trying bleach instead of paint!

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  2. I really like this look - thanks for the tutorial, and sharing with Visible Monday!

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  3. cute, never would have thought to do this.. stopping by from the blog hop

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  4. Love this! I nominated you and your sister's blog for a Liebster Award!! Go check out the deets on my blog!

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  5. Oh my gosh those turned out so cute! I think I like them way more than a lot I've seen in stores!

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  6. Thanks everyone! I would not recommend using fabric paint, though. It didn't hold up in the wash at all!

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  7. So cute! I will have to try this!

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  8. I think they are really cute. And even if the paint cracks, it's part of the story.

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  9. Just great! I'm in complete love with this project, and you did it beautifully. Thanks for the tutorial! I have some I must alter, and needed a shove.

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  10. These look totally different! I think the bleach pen would be awesome!

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  11. I think they're great, though I understand the pain of fabric paint cracking all too well. I've been planning on polka dot jeans at some point in the future, so I'll keep this in mind.

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  12. LOVE! I'm planning to DIY this myself this weekend!

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  13. Very cute! thanks for the tip about the fabric paint, I wouldn't have known to avoid it. But they look great in these pics!

    Katie | Loverly She

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  14. Love it! Cute polka dot jeans, and way to go on making them!
    Visiting from Transatlantic Blonde! Would love for you to visit my blog!

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    Caroline

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  15. That was super great!
    very cute.

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    come visit :)

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  16. Those look great!! Love the dots!! I just made some pants skinny too and now i want to do it to 5 other pairs haha

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  17. I am absolutely doing this, but I want to use gold metallic paint instead of white, and I'll definitely be making my jeans skinny, because you're right. Polka dot boot cut or loose fit jeans would probably look crazy!

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  18. Stopping by from WIW...must say I LOVE your polka dot pants! I bought a pair at Target this fall and am using them in my Six Piece Remix challenge.
    I'm hoping by doing this it will help me get more use out of them & style my clothing in new ways!

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  19. Reading from WIWW. These are great! I wish I was as talented at taking in pants as you are. These look flawless. And I love polka dots!

    youngatlantians.blogspot.com

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  20. Dying to try my hand a diy polka dot jeans. Thanks for the tips.

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  21. I don't think that I would be brave enough to do this DIY. However, you did a great job! This turned out really well!

    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  22. Those are super cute!! And you've totally inspired me with those diy skinny jeans. I know I have a few boot cuts lying around somewhere!

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  23. They turned out great! I do think a bleach pen would be the raddest though!

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  24. Those polka dot pants are so cute.

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  25. i am so impressed and i LOVE the picture with your hair in the wind. work it :)

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    1. Thanks! My four year old took that picture! She's actually pretty dang good, if I do say so myself.

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  26. Oh wow! I could never manage that on my own!

    Thanks for linking up please grab the badge/link and comment and you are good to go!
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    1. Thanks for reminding me! I got interrupted in the middle of posting by my hungry toddler, lol!

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  27. I am going to try this with an old pair of skinny jeans! With a bleach pen, per your recommendation. :)

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  28. Wow, impressive! What an awesome DIY. I may have to try this too. Thanks for linking up this week.

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  29. These turned out darn cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Char
    http://1epicmom.com/2013/03/14/cruising-with-kids-series/

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  30. Cute!! I need some polka dot jeans!

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  31. The jeans look much more interesting now.

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  32. Visiting from Favorite Frock Fridays link up. Love your DIY polka dot jeans. FAbulous.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  33. These are darling! You did an amazing job! And I can't believe your 4 year old takes your photos, that is so awesome! :)
    Visiting from Casual Friday!
    -Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  34. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  35. Cute -- love the polka dots! And your cute photographer! Thanks so much for linking on busy Monday!

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  36. Loved loved loved this idea and featured it this week on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. Thanks for sharing.
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  38. I've been considering polka dot pants for awhile now. I didn't think about all the factors to consider (size and color of dots, what to use to apply the dots, what kind of paint, etc. to use)! Thanks for sharing your project even if it didn't turn out quite how you wanted. And you never know, they might look cool and more subtle once they're washed?

    I'm visiting from Wunderbar Refashion Fridays.

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  39. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button: http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/03/your-whims-wednesday-103-and-features.html

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    1. Thank you! We posted about being featured on our facebook page too, and grabbed a button!

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  40. So you totally inspired me and I made bleached dot jeans this week. Thanks for linking up!! Come and visit again. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh I can't wait to see them, I hope you post them on your blog! I love refashion fridays, they're my favorite. I'm glad we inspired you!

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