Hiding My Shame


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shirt of shame

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oversized tee: JCPenney, redone by moi :: dress: Rue 21::
elfin boots: Urban Outfitters :: blue knit socks: Old Navy
cross-body purse: Harajuku Lovers

Thank you all so much for your kind words of support! I am definitely feeling much better now and have taken on a more positive approach to my situation. You all are AWESOME.

A few months ago, I wore this grey shirt (and the boots) to celebrate my defense. I haven't worn it since because I spilled celebratory seafood pasta on it and was never able to fully get the oil stain out. The shirt sat in my giveaway pile, a reminder of my shameful, drunken eating habits until I came upon this wonderful DIY idea from Vanessa.

I wanted to use a potato to stamp my skull pattern out, but my fon fon ru got upset over wasting a potato, so I ended up buying a rubber stamp block instead. If you want to try this DIY out, be cautioned! It's really annoying carving a pattern on a rubber block without the right tools. You'll be better off with using a vegetable and a knife.

All in all, the project took about an hour to carve and stamp. I let the shirt dry overnight before wearing it/ washing it.

I'm off to spend the day finishing A Clash of Kings. I hope you all are having a great Monday!

33 comments:

  1. Love your outfit! Your bracelets are gorgeous!

    xo

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  2. Oh my gosh!!!
    It took me a while to realise that the top you are wearing is the top you stamped yourself!!!!

    It came out so well!!!

    Good job! =]

    Lee x

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  3. LOVE IT! I've been meaning to try out Vanessa's DIY idea, too. I just don't know exactly what pattern I want yet. Cat? Rabbit? Acorn? Something else?

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  4. I love how you saved your tee. The skill pattern is wonderful.

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  5. Wow, you're so talented! I can't believe you DIYed that, the pattern is awesome. And I'm glad you're feeling a bit better about things.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  6. OMG I'm such a GOON!! lol I thought the shirt with the sun looking outline around the stain that says "oil stain" was a real shirt that came that way! I was thinking...wow how did she cover up the yellow sun design and the white wording with a stamp!! bwahhhhhhhhhhhh!! AND....HERE'S MY SIGN!! haha Great job! Love it! Kiah

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  7. Love that first pic with the light peeking through! Great outfit!

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  8. Stamping gets so addictive though doesn't it! We stamped out our wedding invites and I was an eagle eye wanting to find anything worthy of being stamped lol. The top looks really good though x

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  9. THAT IS SO COOL!! and so ingenious.. i would have just tossed the shirt.. with an oil stain.. and trust me.. i have a lot of shirts with oil stains on them.. BAHAHAHA. i eat lots of really fatty fried things.. coupled with the fact that i eat like a child.. my husband says the first couple of times he ate with me he said he was shocked i was so ungraceful HAHAHAHAHA

    that skull idea is so cool!! i love it.. and it looks so cool on you.. i'm going to try that.. maybe with some hearts.. because i'm obnoxiously girly like that.. or maybe hello kitty OHHH a hello kitty rubber stamp i'm sure i could find one hahaha.

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  10. it looks AMAZING - good job! i love what you've done with it ^_^
    Rosie xo

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  11. That first picture with the sun glowing is just glorious!!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  12. its a great DIY as a fixer upper type thing. If I ever get an annoying stain, I will be sure to refer to this!

    http://www.sojournedinstyle.blogspot.com/

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  13. Very thrifty! Love the DIY.

    Good to know you're back on your feet honey!

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  14. Amazing!
    I need to learn how to do that.
    You're so funny. Haha~
    I laughed when I read that you put "Shirt of Shame." ^_^

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  15. Your skull stamp is delightful, I absolutely adore it!

    And i am sorry to hear about your job hunt frustration but take the time-out to enjoy because once you get a position, you will be missing your free time lots. ;)


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag
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  16. awesome idea, love the skulls.

    erica
    seaofbloomingdreams.blogspot.com

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  17. LAURA!!! You are a genius! That looks so amazing! I had to go back and forth to realize that you were talking about the exact same shirt!! WHAAAAT?

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  18. The skull pattern looks great, and I like the stamp idea for refashioning a t-shirt.

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  19. I love that you spilled food on yourself. We are so meant to be besties.

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  20. is the shirt with 'oil stain' real? It's sooo cooool! And so do you. ;)

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  21. What a GREAT idea to mask a stain that doesn't come out. You did such a good job.

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  22. Hi Laura!!
    LOVE the DIY! When I was just looking at the photos I was thinking - that can't be the same shirt! I'm tres, tres impressed! I also desperately needed a tutorial like this because I stain my shirts all the time (usually with chocolate- and I'm not drunk or tipsy - which makes it much more shameful than your seafood mishap!). Love the booties with the socks too- so cute!
    And for serious, if you are ever thinking about heading to Atlanta or (soon) Edinburgh, you have to let us know! Foodie/Clothing adventures together sound awesome!
    Happy Tuesday!
    xoxo,
    Lar

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  23. OMG you're super adorable I have a tank that is the skulls and it's so rocker chic! love this DIY. Will try it. Thanks for coming over to my blog before, lots of love!

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  24. Wow, nice DIY! I've ruined many clothes with oil/grease stains (typically I'm cooking and something splatters). I wonder if there's any way to get them out. I tried dish soap, since that's supposed to fight grease. The stain got lighter, but didn't disappear. Anyway, way to save that shirt!

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  25. Ouh! I was thinking of doing the diy too! Looks awsome, I would have never guessed it was the same shirt!! And btw that first photo is beautiful :)

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  26. WAY COOL! just looking at the pictures, i didn't realize it was the same shirt! nice save!! love the sunlight in the first pic!

    [oomph.]

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  27. I remember that tutorial! Your version looks great. Way to be creative and save a shirt!

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  28. Yeah, rubber is really difficult to work with. I used to try to make eraser stamps and it was difficult without the right tools.

    But the shirt looks amazing, and so clever to hide an oil stain. I know I've thrown out a good number of shirts due to unfortunate eating accidents! :(

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  29. Wow. It looks like the shirt came like that! I didn't even know you could try to do that with a potato.

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  30. Laura, your talent and creativity never seizes to amaze me! Incredible! I could have sworn it was store bought! Good job, you!

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  31. your skull shirt is adorable!! love how you layered it over that black dress. your socks and shoes are an adorable combo :D

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  32. Congratulations, it's a great DIY !!!
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