Or, how I covered up a bleach spot with some embroidered flowers.
You may have seen this tank top before in this post:
I’ve worn it a few times since (it was a great top to wear during pregnancy), and somehow had gotten some stains on it. I merrily sprayed some stain remover on the offending stains without a second thought.
Unfortunately, the colour of the top wasn’t as colourfast as I thought. The stain remover left marks on both sides, front and back.
🙁 🙁 🙁
I had only just gotten the top last year and was miffed at myself for not taking better care of it. Rather than ditch it (which seemed wasteful to me) I briefly thought about dyeing it, but have had mixed results trying to dye over bleach stains. Instead of risking the same results I’ve had before with dyeing, I decided to put my embroidery skills to use.
I used plain old ball point pen to draw my design over the bleach stain, as I was going to embroider over it anyway.
The one thing I should’ve done but didn’t have the opportunity to do so (newborn baby anyone?) – as the knit of this top was quite fragile I should have used a stabiliser. In my previous embroidery project the top was actually pretty strong and it meant I could embroidery without a stabiliser, but the knit fabric of this top was more delicate and as I embroidered I found it made holes in the fabric now and again.
Lesson learnt? Use a fabric stabiliser!
My in laws commented that it was a pretty time-consuming way to deal with a stain, but were pretty impressed with the result. I’m happy with it too!
A quick note about these jeans I’m wearing – I’m still a size bigger than I was pre-pregnancy, but have missed wearing jeans. I thrifted these ones from Vinnies but only realised after I had brought them home that they were actually men’s jeans! They were a pretty good fit though, and as I’ve been more into straight leg than skinny leg jeans lately they were the cut I was after. (If you’re interested, they’re J Brand “Kane” slim straight jeans.)
If you’ve accidentally stained a top and can’t get it out, consider putting a pretty embroidered design over it. Just make sure you use stabiliser!