Back before "the crappy winter of 2014", during "the crappy winter of 2013", I bought this black hemp jacket at my local resale shop for $1.50. When that is the price, I get all crazy about the possibilities.
The first thing I did was splash some bleach on the jacket. The bleaching action was almost immediate and I discovered that bleach on black hemp creates these wonderful pink/beige spots!
I was expecting white!
I immediately washed and dried the jacket, to stop the bleaching action. If I had not, I could have ended up with big holes.
Then I began the transformation. I found some fabric with dragons and flames on it, a box of white sequins, some fabric paint in tubes, and some white acrylic paint that I applied with a variety of round sponges in different sizes.
This is a detail from the back of the jacket.
This is the entire jacket back. ( or most of it)
This is a detail of the right shoulder area .....( my first adventure with sequins)
This shows some of the buttons. I removed the boring ones, found some replacements, and then painted them. The one white button "face" is actually a bead.
This is a photograph of one of the pockets. Because the jacket is a short one, it was really awkward to put my hands in from the top. So, I opened the pocket on the side, added the dotted ribbon for stability, and sewed the top closed. Now I can slip my hands in from the sides. In the process of all this, I inadvertently snipped the fabric, creating a hole. So, to take care of that, I sewed a VOGUE dress label over it .
This shows the left shoulder area. (more sequins as well as some beads. A real bedazzled dragon !)
Here you can see most of the jacket front. If it ever warms up, I will be able to actually wear it.
Yeah. It really has been a long winter ......
So, go find a cheap jacket and give it a go! You will have fun and something quite unique to wear.