Hot! The “Chop it, Paint it, Wear it” Top

The "Chop it, Paint it, Wear it" Top

Okay friends, this is my last cheater/make do/no sewing machine project. I’m picking out a new one today!! I have been one ornery, unhappy camper without my machine. Everyone in my family will be much happier once I’m set again.

My first fabric painting+refashion attempt was a BOMB, lol. I used these Sharpie markers on an old boy’s uniform shirt. It did not go well. They bled a little too much and the light blue color of the shirt didn’t mesh well with the colors of the markers. For attempt number two I switched tools. Gocco paint, a toothbrush and the little plastic lid that’s under the deodorant cap resulted in  a semi-success.
Gocco ink make shift stamping pad
The "Chop it, Paint it, Wear it" Top

The Facts
Fabric | A turtleneck I got in my first Freecycle haul. It’s a medium, possibly petite, from St. John’s Bay.
Patterns | None, refashioned on the fly.
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread, a toothbrush, a plastic lid and Gocco paint.
Time to complete | About a half hour/three quarters of an hour. Mostly fiddling with the colors and layers and then finally adding the oval shaped stamping using the deodorant lid.
First worn | To take my daughter to her summer program.
Wear again? | I can’t honestly say that I’m sure this will get worn again. I really dislike tops that come way up on my chest and neck like this. I felt like I was tugging at it every couple of minutes. I loved painting on it, though. So, I will use that technique again.
Total price | Let’s call it free. The top was free and I’ve had that Gocco paint for ages and ages.

I tied the shirt together in the back to give it some shape. It’s quite boxy to be so damn small, lol. I’m also pretty chuffed about the neatness of my bun! I did it while running through the house this morning and forgot to check it in the mirror before I left.

The "Chop it, Paint it, Wear it" Top

These jeans are sort of refashioned, too. I took in the legs a long time ago, but only just serged off the excess last night. I don’t know why I waited so long. Don’t we all do that sometimes??? Also, I must point out, that back tattoo is almost fifteen years old. Way before tattoos in that location were given that unfortunate nickname….ahem. My oldest son (he’ll be 7 on September 13th) was my photographer this week. I like his slightly tilted shots and those with only half of me in them, lol. And the skewed perspective that results from a shorty taking a pic of a taller person. I particularly this one below.

The "Chop it, Paint it, Wear it" Top

I cannot wait to sew something! I hope that this super demanding class I’m in and shuttling my daughter to and from class won’t take up so much time (and ENERGY) that I can’t.



Wanett Clyde is a wife, mama of four and library school student that manages to cram a lot into her days. She loves books, writing, creating, the color purple, sarcasm, summertime, staying up late, anything British, BROOKLYN(!!!), and her family.


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  1. Nettie! The deodorant cap thingy?! Brilliant! And I like your son’s artistic shots. :)

    • Thanks, Erin! The cap had been laying on the bathroom floor for days. I like to see how long my family will let thing lay there before they move them ;o)
      My children love taking pictures, maybe the twins will get their chance on the next project.

  2. Who needs to see the model? After Devra’s Anthropologie mural, we’re all very into WALLS around here!

  3. Cool paint job! I can’t wait to sew again either. My machine is fine, but the time is gone. Ah summer.

    • Thanks, Lee!! I think sewing and blog reading/writing always slow down at this time. There’s so much fun to be had!

  4. what i love most is seeing your kids and their photography bring a new perspective onto your work, which is always inspiring.

  5. Nice refashion Nettie. I haven’t even pulled the machine out this week. I’ve been so busy hanging out with my son and working. Maybe I’ll get some done tomorrow afternoon after work and some cleaning. Maybe not…

  6. Hi Nettie, so what machine are you getting? I’m so glad you’ll be up and running again. Love the photo, especially the last one, great perspective, your son has a great eye.

  7. My hat is off to you Nettie. I’m sure not having my machine would have totally floored me, but you kept on going and made something else fun. I love your creative brain seeing the deodorant cover and thinking “that would make a great painting utensil”. Fab!

  8. That is so cool. I was just reading an article in a 2011 mag of Vogue Patterns on painting, masking, etc. I just might give it a try, seeing how well yours came out.

  9. It was so much fun, Aiesha! I have plans for more fabric painting in the future.

  10. I’ve gotta try that! I love to paint, so it should be a lot of fun. I love how you have managed to post such cute items without your sewing machine. I bet you’ll be super excited to sew again once you get your new machine set up. Great photos, your son’s a natural.

  11. That’s brilliant, she turned out fab, I once made a drop waist jersey number and did a similar thing, I used the net bag your onions and oranges come in, it makes a great imprint. Great stuff Nettie.

  12. Mad skillz without a machine you have. Awesome improv, girl. Love the bun and your son’s photography…he may have a hidden talent its time to encourage.