Fashion Raiding My Sister's Closet

Raiding My Sister’s Closet: Mini Makeover

I do not enjoy dressing up for Halloween (some people have the self-assurance to wear ridiculous costumes in public and feel completely at ease. I am not one of those people). Having a child to wear a costume on Halloween is the best thing that’s ever happened to me because I feel like the pressure for me to dress up has diminished greatly.

But I do like to have something festive to wear when we attend Halloween functions (this year, between church, the MBA, and actual Halloween, it appears we’ll be attending some 5 Halloween events). I just don’t want that festive something to be overly cheesy.

So when we decided to do a mini makeover this week, I thought a Halloween shirt would be perfect.

And I had a black shirt that’s been waiting for some making over for more than a year. I really like the fit of the shirt, but it’s mega-boring, and the neckline was unflatteringly high.

I thought some pumpkins across the front would be fun, but I didn’t want them to be orange. I settled on gold instead, but then, somehow, I misplaced the bottle of gold paint and when I was searching through my paint drawer I found a bottle of copper rose paint left over from when I did this Halloween project last year.

Copper seemed even BETTER than gold – still metallic and shimmery, but a little closer to the orange of pumpkins.

I whipped up a quick little design, printed it out, and used this fabric painting technique to paint it on.

And I also cut the neckline out and added a little slit down the front to make it not quite so crew-neck looking.

And, now I pretty much love it. Win.

 Shirt: Shade // Skirt: Downeast Basics (gift from my mom) // Shoes: Kohl’s

And, of course, after I was done taking pictures, Ella insisted on taking some of me with Ani. And now I’m insisting on inflicting a couple of them on you.


Check out what Merrick and Landen breathed new life into:

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  • Reply Ash October 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    SO cute! It's festive but not,"Hey, look at my Halloween shirt!" 🙂 And that baby is the sweetest!

  • Reply Lisa {} October 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Super cute! P.s. So jealous you have a red head. I'm still hoping I get mine, but I may just have to settle for the fact that I have a st Patricks day baby. 🙂

  • Reply Kendra October 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I'm in love with that skirt!

  • Reply Lins - Domesticated Working Woman October 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Super cute! In a totally uncheesey way :o)

  • Reply Sarah Summerlin October 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Perfect! Love it with the skirt, too!

  • Reply heidikins October 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Cute! And I love pairing it with that super flirty-cute skirt instead of the expected (at least to me) jeans. Ditto on the leopard print. 😉


  • Reply Sanja T October 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, your daughter is a photographer in training :). Love the outfit.
    Sorry about the previous comment, I am new at this:).

  • Reply Breanne October 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    What an adorable makeover! And I love the pairing with the skirt. I also have two sisters and we all live in different provinces from each other and I just realized that I have pinned a lot of Merrick's outfits without realizing you guys were sisters. Small world. =)

    Adorable baby pictures.

  • Reply Kate and Mim October 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    i LOVE your top, especially with that skirt, perfect

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