Yes, it’s January. So then why am I writing a Christmas themed post? Well aside from the festiveness of this post, it’s aim is to teach you how to revamp clothing using fluff, which is something you can apply to outfits all year long. So don’t be fooled by the silly season, there’s much to learn 🙂
Just to put this outfit in context, I wore it to 12 pubs. This is where you’re probably wondering why the hell I put so much effort into a night out where traditionally everyone wears Christmas jumpers, you’re not suppose to “dress up”. This was my 3rd time taking part in 12 pubs- I did the classic jumper look, I sported the jumper dress outfit so I thought what next? I wanted to mix things up a bit and after all Christmas is the silly season, everyone has an inner Buddy The Elf and what better night than 12 pubs, a night that feeds of Christmas excitement, to express that? It doesn’t take a genius to notice my outfit was inspired by the big man himself, Santa Claus and everyone who knows me knows how much I love fluffy things so this outfit couldn’t have suited me better!
Now that you know the background, lets get down to the business of making it. As I said in the start this is a “revamping” tutorial so I didn’t, in fact, make the garments but rather bought them and then added on the fluff. This process is a lot easier than one may think. First thing to make clear is it doesn’t require any sewing skills whatsoever, it’s entirely no-sew! As opposed to using thread to hold down the fluff, you use fabric glue. I know the thought of using glue to hold an outfit in place is quite daunting. You’re probably getting flashbacks right now to arts ‘n crafts using prit stick to glue feathers on a page. I get that but trust me when I say it works!! Bear in mind fabric glues whole purpose is to hold fabric in place so the fact it does what it says on the tin shouldn’t come as such a shock. But this is something to remember; if you want to glue fabric, use FABRIC glue. No other glue will work, it’ll just make a mess. Speaking of messes, be as careful as possible using this glue because its incredibly sticky.
I’m yet to experience a mess-free encounter with it and I’ve used it a couple of times now. It dries quite quickly so if it gets on a surface try and remove it asap. One thing I have noted with fabric glue is that it’s capability differs depending on the type of fabric you use. It works best with free flowing fabrics such as regular polyester clothing. I think this is because stiffer fabrics make it difficult for the fabric glue to soak in and reshape once dried, whereas polyesters naturally free flowing material allows the setting process to run smoothly.
The application process is pretty self explanatory so I’m not going to spend long explaining it. You literally apply glue wherever you want there to be fluff, then place the fluff down on it and allow it to dry. It takes a few hours for the glue to set, I would recommend leaving the fabric over night to ensure it dries properly. The glue has quite a strong scent so perhaps it would be best to leave it in an area that wouldn’t bother you.
- It HAS to be Fabric Glue!!
- Its sticky so use with care
- Its smelly so do it in an appropriate place
- Try to use free-flowing fabrics
- Allow plenty drying time
To spice this outfit up and make it more seasonal, I added a belt and mini Santa hair clip. I hope this helps anyone interested in revamping their own clothing!
crop top @ boohoo
flares @ pretty little thing
belt @ boohoo
fabric glue @ amazon
fluff @ ribbon moon