+ bleaching pink

I loved the way it fit after I took it in, I loved the idea if bleaching, and wasn’t totally in love with the colors. I think it may be the pictures, it is a lot cuter in person. Anywho, This was my step dad’s shirt, and I’m positive he doesn’t know that I have it. Well, he will now! And I loved this whole bleaching process, it like a guessing game. It turned from navy blue, dark gray and burgandy to rose pink (the picture shows it being more orange, but it isn’t in person), light pink, and dark pink. Who would have thought?
washing machine 
sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
fabric pen or marking chalk
1. Cut out collar and button part. Bring it in by using a tee shirt you like the fit of. I had to wear it backwards because cutting out the collar/button part created a big dip in the front. So, I took out some of the center to remove the dip. Then I cut off the bottom in a round shape, and left the bottom unhemmed  because knit doesn’t really fray!
2. I didn’t love the color…so , I bleached it! Pour 10 parts HOT water to 1 part bleach! I doubled all that. It took about 20 minutes to get it to how I wanted it. 
3. Squeeze out all the bleach water.

3. Then rinse it in cold water (I added salt….it said on the internet that it neutralizes the bleach, so what the heck). Then wash it in a washing machine with detergent and all.

Good eye Vivian…… it does look like this gap top!


  1. OOOOOOOOOOH my gosh. I am speechless. That shirt is AMAZING. You are brilliant Liz.

  2. Love it! Nice bleaching! Amazing that you made this out of a man’s shirt! Talented, talented girl! :)

    Felicity, at {Simple Elegance}

  3. love it… I would never thought that bleaching could be part of a refashion!!!

  4. I like the new colors!

  5. How did you finish the neck and sleeve edges?

  6. Genius-I hope you get a book deal! And I love the new colors too.

  7. K I was JUST wondering about bleaching something. So glad to see it worked out for you and now maybe I’ll be brave enough to try it.

    Freckles in April | a modest clothing blog

  8. Adorable project. Found your blog recently and love your style & inspiration! I’ll DEF be back.

  9. I love it! The broad stripes and fit are perfection.

  10. You are like one of the most stylish moms I know! I love the top! The dye job looks great, it looks like something I would buy at Urban!!

  11. yep. you are magic…. pure magic! i am TOTALLY doing this, and i bet my hubby wouldn’t even notice it was his shirt, the transformation is so amazing!!!


  12. Awesome, I’d love to try this soon!

    You should see my refashion pile. I think it’s taller than you, and seeing what you do reminds me that I gotta get into it for sure. :)

  13. what a fun idea! great colours and great way to breath life into an unworn forgotten piece of clothing!

  14. Anonymous says:

    oh wow, great idea!!! I’m sure my hubby has one of these packed away in the basement… I’m gonna go and hunt it out! =)

  15. Beautiful! Uhm, I don’t think your stepdad will recognize this shirt! I had to do a doubletake to actually understand that it was the same shirt. Haha! What a wonderful idea.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Stunning, stunning, stunning! Your brain is a mini-dynamo of inspiration and creativity. Keep it up!

  17. What a cool idea – I am so glad I found your blog – such an inspiration! Refashioning is exactly what I want to do more of :) and you did it brilliantly.

  18. I’m just going to throw it out there and say you’re pure genius!

  19. It looks great now. I would 100% wear that.

  20. WOW! how do you come up with this? dreams? is this what you think about when you don’t have to be thinking about anything? i think about shoes. obviously much less constructive. pun intended.

  21. this is awesome! i found this shirt today and it reminded me of yours


  22. How you are inspiring me!!! I just happened to fall on your blog, thanks for the ideas, I’m such a goodwill hunter….I will now look through the isles with a transformation in mind

  23. Hi, I’m wondering how the fabric stood up to the test of time? I’m considering bleaching a shirt but I’m worried that it will tear more easily since I know bleach can weaken fabric a lot. I’d really love to hear your experience with bleached clothing after several months before I take the plunge, so to speak! If you could reply here or email me (lafillelabas@hotmail.com) that would be great!

  24. This helped me so much! Good looking out!

  25. liked it more than the gap shirt! this is amazing, definitely trying it!

  26. I always was concerned in this topic and stock still am, thanks for putting up.