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Vamp up and old vest!
I had a plain black vest top which I bought a couple of years ago in Pennys (Primark)and didn't wear very much because I felt the straps on it were too long so it showed off too much cleavage every time I wore it. I'm a big Vampira fan and I suppose it was inevitable that I'd try to make myself a fan shirt. So here it is.

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  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 1
    Step 1

    First off I had to find an image to paint on the vest. I have a whole folder of pictures of her on my laptop. I chose to go with this one which is from the main page of her website because I felt there wasn't too much shading to worry about.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 2
    Step 2

    I found the lettering I wanted in a picture I found of a Vampira tshirt through a Google search.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 3
    Step 3

    I traced the image of Vampira and the lettering on to a sheet of white paper ( I couldn't find any tracing paper) to create a spacing that I thought looked good. To make up for my lack of transparent paper I printed off the pictures and stuck them to my window with masking tape. I then taped the white sheet over each to create the spacing that I wanted.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 4
    Step 4

    I covered a drawing board with cling film and put the board into the vest top to keep the fabric taught. I put some carbon paper between the vest and the drawing from the last step then went over the lines of the drawing with a pen .

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 5
    Step 5

    After completing the first layer of paint, I felt it needed something else, so I drew on some cobwebs with white chalk and went over the lines and the outline of Vampira's hair with glittery silver fabric paint.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 6
    Step 6

    After a second coat of paint on her skin and the lettering (I only did one coat for the cobwebs) I started on the shading. I also had to fill back in the markings for her face, so I traced over the original picture using some greaseproof paper, and on the reverse of the sheet I shaded over the lines with a heavy pencil. Turning the paper the right way up again I went back over the lines with a pen so a pencil transfer of the lines I needed were left on the dry white paint.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 7
    Step 7

    I then painted in her facial features and touched up the shading.

  • How to make a halter top. Vamp Up An Old Vest Top! - Step 8
    Step 8

    To seal the paint once it was dry, I had to iron over it, placing a sheet of grease proof paper between the fabric and the iron. Once this was done I replaced the old straps with new ones made by cutting an old satin scarf in half to give the vest halter top straps.

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Mistress Apathy
Mistress Apathy · Clifton, New Jersey, US · 25 projects
Im a sucker for Vampira
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PIN-UP ^alex^
PIN-UP ^alex^ · 20 projects
i love it <3
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
awesome
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