This is, of course, the before-ish photo. Why don’t I think to actually take these before?
Saw this cool project in Jenni Radosevich’s book I Spy DIY Fashion. Hey, I have cheap black plastic sunglasses and a silver permanent marker! (I use it to label all those cords and converters tangled under my desk.)
I have long been a member of the black Sharpie fix-it team. A long long time ago a coworker at a restaurant gave me a (trust me, very cool at the time) black satin jacket with tails that had bleach stains on it. It was also heavier in the back because it had a cute set of buttons on sort of a waist high epaulette. (There’s probably a word for that thing.) So the collar tended to slip away from her neck when she wore it.
She was shocked when I walked in with it on, all fixed up. I used the Sharpie to color in the bleach spots and sewed a couple of washers into the front seams as counterweights.
The black Sharpie is like the opposite of a bleach pen. Great on shoes, bags, etc. Sometimes you just need the little bit of wear camouflaged so it doesn’t draw the eye.
The (nearly) finished product. I see where they could use a couple more swipes of silver. They looked cool with just diagonal lines, but the cross-hatching is more forgiving.
p.s. I did this in about 5 minutes including photo shoot time this morning before work. My advice is, don’t over-think it.
Now the issue is going to be NOT doing this or something like it to every black plastic thing I own.
Oh, and do check out the I Spy DIY Fashion website. Really cool. But also kind of scary. Remember when writing and publishing a book was an end in itself and didn’t require becoming a cottage industry with a steady stream of new ideas?