Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thrift that Trend - Polka Dot Pants

Welcome to a new feature here on the ol blog. I have been accumulating lots of ideas on my pinboard over the past couple of months and I finally decided to do something about it. In the next couple of weeks (and hopefully longer), I will be showing you ways to get the trendy items you want without having to spend a lot. I'm sure not all of my ideas will turn out as well as I planned but hopefully some will!

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First up, polka dot pants.  I've been seeing these pop up around the blogosphere lately and I thought to myself, "These are so cute! Let's look at how much money we're talking here."  Here are the ones I liked:
AG Stevie Polka Dot Ankle Big Product
      $99                                              $189

True Religion Brand Jeans, TRUE-6978 WOMENS PRINT POLKA DOT JEANS - Slim Fit (Cherry), truereligionbrandjeans.com
$198

Really? Just have jeans with dots on them, I have to spend at least $100? No way. They might not even be cool in 6 months.

So, I headed to the thrift store.  I found these jeans at Savers for a mere $7.99.  Somewhat high for jeans but I was looking for colored jeans that were a slimmer fit so I sucked up the extra cost. Then I headed to Joann. I picked up the fabric paint and brushes for about 8 bucks. Instead of $99, I'm out only about $16. If you already have fabric paint or made your own brushes, you could do this for even cheaper.

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WHAT YOU NEED:
1 pair of jeans (any color you want)
1 bottle of fabric paint (I went with white)
1 sponge brush, easier if it is already round
1 paintbrush
Paper plate and newspaper

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Stuff newspaper or any other paper in between the two layers of the pants

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Dip the dobber/brush into the paint and make sure to knock off the extra paint before making a dot

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Proceed with dotting the entire front of the pants

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Then I took a regular paintbrush and filled in all of the dots where the circle wasn't quite filled in

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Yay!  Do the same thing on the back and you have a cute pair of polka dot pants for mere dollars!

Stay tuned for an outfit post with these babies!

12 comments:

  1. Brilliant! And super cute! Now I want to see them on you.

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  2. Awesome!! I love this new feature!! I would like to try this sometime - you make it seem pretty easy! Can't wait to see you style them!

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  3. Thanks! I'm so glad you like it. Hopefully I can keep coming up with new ideas :)

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  4. I'm working on it! I'm thinking maybe green or teal on top.

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  5. dang!! Those look like they're going to be really really cute. How much do you think the dots will fade in the wash?

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  6. You know, I'm not sure. The back of the fabric paint says to set with an iron and then wait 72 hours before washing. I'll let you know!

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  7. Good God, it's seriously criminal how much they charge for clothes. I mean these are adorable pants, but for 200 bucks?! You're idea is so so clever- and they turned out exactly like the pictures. Love this!


    xoMarlen
    messagesonanapkin.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow, this is genius. I can't wait for the outfit photos!

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  9. I know! I was the same way. $200 for jeans with dots? Glad you like them! Let me know if you make a pair yourself :)

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  10. Honey this is fabulous! You have the patience of a saint. Great post and new blog feature. Nice to meet you! Dawn suitcase vignettes

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  11. hi, your blog is very cute. I love the pokka dots. I had pokka dots (yellow) until last week and then I decided I was trying to rob the cradle or some such, so I switched my background to a water rolling slow-mo over polished rocks...? Me, oh the newest person to find you and join you and hope that you'll follow me if you'd like? Have a great rest of the week/day/hour? :D

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  12. and ...doh! found you via Two Birds, that are so cool. Your DIY is very ambitious you!

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