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We love Disney T-shirts, its one of the most popular items purchased in the parks. However, what to do when it’s unwearable? Maybe worn out from too many trips, stained from the Mickey Ear Ice Cream bar, or no longer fits (nothing to do with the Mickey Ear Ice Cream Bar). You can always recycle (or the new word is upcycle) your favorites. Here are a few ideas of my own and some fun tips I found while searching the internet.
Make a Quilt
Or if you are like me, have someone make a quilt for you. There are many services out there that will take your old t-shirts, cut out the image and sew into a quilt of memories. What better way to have your trip memories available as a cozy blanket to wrap around you as you watch your favorite Disney classic on TV. If you are handy of course you can do this on your own and make it a family project!
Write a Book
Many of the photo printing sites out there offer soft and hard cover books of your photos. Some even use Disney backgrounds and graphics. Often there are great deal for free books or half price book. Take a close up photo of the image on your t-shirt. Either on you or stretched out on the back of a chair. Make a collage book of your favorite t-shirts and maybe include text with fun anctedotes of that particular trip. For example: “ This is the 2010 trip shirt we bought Andrew after he got soaked on Splash Mountain”. You can even put in a few pics of your family wearing the shirt on a trip. Then if the shirt is in good shape, give to a charity of your choice. There are many kids that will never make it to Disney and the shirt alone will be priceless.
Round 5 of ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge is on right now and the task was pretty fun! The email came from Jane herself, who by the way sounds super sweet! Can’t wait to get to know her in her all new show, Jane By Design premiering on ABC Family Jan. 3rd. Here was is this rounds challenge instructions:
“Take the white shirt out of your trunk and put it on your dress form. Using accessories from your own collection (or anything else you can think of), show how you would style the shirt for a day at the office. Then, change the look entirely and show me how you would style the same shirt for a dressy cocktail party. Post photos of both styles to your blog, and write an entry explaining what you did to create each look. Ask your readers to share their day-to-night styling tips here and mention the name of your blog. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!”
For a day at the office you want to look nice, but still be comfortable. What you wear must be functional but in a fashion industry position still trendy. Since scarfs, in all seasons, seem to be all the rage I wanted to incorporate one into our daytime look. They are function too, it will keep you nice and warm on a chilly day at the office but it is easily removed if it gets a bit warm. I added a brown braided belt to the waist making a white button down shirt a lot more feminine by adding shape to the body. I also added some dangling earrings in gold tones to pick up on colors in the scarf. Pair this shirt with a dark navy skinny pant and a pair of brown boots and you are set for a day at the office!
After a long day at the office you may not have enough time to go home and change looks entirely before heading to a work cocktail party. If you just throw a few accessories and a different pair of shoes into a day bag you can quickly change in the bathroom or car before you arrive at the party! For my nighttime look I opened up the white button down shirt a few buttons. I made sure to have a grey lace cami underneath. Then over the white shirt I added a grey crop vest that has some really pretty frilly details on it. You can leave on the dark navy skinny pants and change the shoes into a grey heel with some flower embellishments on them. For jewelry swap out the daytime earrings with something a little longer – I opted for gold earings with pink on them to pull some feminine colors into the outfit. I also added longer necklaces in the same tones as the earrings. After a long day your hair might need an update. So I completed our look with a pink lacey bow that you can add just below your bun on on the side of your head pulling a little hair back.
Do you have any day to night style tips to share? Do you carry extra jewelry with you to spruce up your look or maybe take your makeup bag everywhere you go? I would love for you to share on the Jane By Design Facebook Wall HERE, make sure you mention Chip and Co. sent you! It really helps us out when you comment so please feel free to share!
- ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge Round 4 (chipandco.com)
- ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge – Task 2 (chipandco.com)
The holidays are upon us but that doesn’t mean that fashion or inspiration stops, the show must go on even during Christmas and so does the competition! The good news is I made it to round 4 in the ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge! This task posed a bit more of a challenge – it included a very ugly Christmas sweater! Here was the task straight from Gray herself:
“Look inside your trunk and take out the holiday sweater. You see something for your grandmother. Now look again. What do you see now? You must use every ounce of creativity you have to turn the holiday sweater into something special. Something spectacular. I don’t care if you use scissors or glue, your fat jeans or a slice of stale fruitcake. Turn that sweater into something fresh & exciting that could be the next big trend for Holiday 2012.”
Something you may not know about me is that I love to go antiquing and redo old furniture and turn it into a very shabby chic updated piece! So I approached this challenge the exact same way. First, I sprayed glitter on the front of the sweater for inspiration. Sounds silly, but I love glitter. Second, I laid the sweater vest on the ground and began playing with the fabric. Manipulating the fabric turning it inside out looking for inspiration. Thirdly, I actually put the sweater on and then I put it on backward. And that it when it hit me! I was going to turn this holiday sweater vest into a trendy dressy wrap shirt!
“Holiday Sweaters” are very iconic so I wanted to play up this piece while still keeping the traditional feel. I have been seeing all kinds of holiday patterns pop up here and there in the stores at the mall so I definitely wanted to keep some of the holiday design. I went ahead and removed the beading that was all over the sweater. I removed one sleeve and made it into a very fitted one shoulder shirt. The back is an open concept with the buttons wrapping down the back of the body at an angle. We can also see the holiday pattern (I choose the prettier design on the shirt to highlight) but I updated the stitching with glitter and added festive rhinestones to give it a really fun and fresh look! In the front I weaved in a holiday ribbon to play on the wrap shirt/present feel! I love this sweater shirt! It would look really cute with a pair of tuxedo pants and some heels!
Have you ever taken something old or something you don’t like and turned it into something amazing? I would love to hear about it over on the Jane By Design Facebook Wall HERE. Don’t forget to mention that Chip and Co. sent you!
Don’t forget to watch another sneak peak of the all new show Jane By Design starting soon!
- ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge #1 (delightfullydisney.com)
- ABC Family’s Jane By Design Style Challenge – Task 2 (chipandco.com)
The Chip and Co T-Shirt Store is now open for business. I have been working hard at coming up with T-Shirt Designs so you can sport your C&C colors at WDW. Many of the shirts are customizable and range from children’s to adult.
I am still working on more designs so check back if you don’t see something you like right away. Also if you have any requests just email me and I will see what I can do.
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