Painted Pants

The Painted Pants Post…

Inspiration Photo on left, via Two Birds Boutique Blogspot

{My DYT Type One Style   Old Navy Jeans – Thrifted, Upcycled by Me
Pink Gingham Shirt  Woolworths, thrifted
Sandals  Aldo Shoes}
Hi lovely readers.   Today I am joining Nora and Megan {they have the lovely blog, Two Birds} for Inspiration Monday.  I liked Rebecca Minkoff’s look of patterned jeans, an over sized tee and strappy sandals.  At the risk of appearing to be an over achiever, I decided to create my own patterned jeans by upcycling a pair of white jeans.  A little Kroma acrylic paint and a fabric marker and I had the jeans of my dreams.  Okay, not quite the jeans of my dreams.   I am happy with the outcome, but I’m feeling that they aren’t quite finished.  Now this is risky territory.  Things can quickly go from pink in the middle to overdone and then some.  The plan was to wear them once or twice and get a sense of how I felt in them.   And hey, why not throw ’em up on the blog as planned.  I mean, it’s not as though they are definitely not finished.  I’m just a little uncertain.  Who better to ask for opinions than you.  

Now here’s where my post took an unexpected turn of direction.  There I was staring at the computer screen, willing myself to come up with something witty to write, and in my usual style, I skipped back to my dashboard looking for distraction.  Who do I see and how can this be?  Why, it’s the ever fearless Vancouver blogger Melanie of Bag and a Beret  totally rocking the most coolest pair of painted pants ever!  Take a LOOK!  She is a rockstar wearing rockstar pants.  My pants want to be these pants.  Thanks Melanie, for brightening my day and making me feel a little bit cool myself.  I mean, I feel we were somehow on the same wave {length}, both trying to make the world a little more colourful one pant leg at a time.
More painted pants posts:  POLKA DOT JEANS | LONDON FOG
Polka Dot White Denim  DIY | Polka Dot Jeans

Linking up with:

Two Birds for Inspiration Monday
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for: Visible Monday


  • Reply Melanie July 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Sue, you are DEFINITELY cool! Brilliant pants! And sooo much more clever than mine since you've done them with fabric paint. I also really love how you've styled them with the front of the shirt in and back out. Your outfit is picking those sky pinks beautifully. It's this Vancouver weather that has us tuned to the same wavelength. Don'cha' love it?

  • Reply amy mayen July 7, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Sue, I adore your pants! I know exactly how you feel about not being sure where to stop..I tend to go overboard in my designs and I always find myself leaning towards “too much”. But really, I'm just more of a Betsey Johnson than a Donna Karan.

    Your pants look great, but don't be afraid to experiment…your blog isn't titled “A Boring Canvas”. The worst that could happen is that you mess up.


  • Reply Tamera Beardsley July 8, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Not only are your pants beautiful… so is your setting…. they both radiate happiness!

  • Reply Marla Robinson July 8, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I love this idea. Your pants are awesome.

  • Reply dan July 8, 2013 at 2:52 am

    You had a wonderful idea in adding some flowers to your white pants…the result is perfect! I find it so cute to put in a personal touch to clothes and accessories…

  • Reply Patti July 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Wonderful idea and execution on your jeans! And yes, Mel does inspire doesn't she? : > You look happy and lovely and inspired here – thanks for sharing with Vis Monday!

  • Reply Flo July 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Those turned out great! I think that they are “just right” the way they are, very cool idea. I'm thinking it might be fun to rubber stamp a pair if I can get the right kind of ink.

  • Reply The Style Crone July 8, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Two creative women on the same wave length makes sense to me. Between you and Melanie, jeans take a whole new direction. Love the pattern that you created, which reflects your radiant smile.

  • Reply Trina July 8, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I knew right when I saw this picture that you had probably created these jeans yourself, they are so Sue. they are bright, happy, and full of energy. Your creativity is remarkable, I just feel so lucky that you share it with us.

  • Reply Janis July 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I love this look, Sue! When I was in Spain recently, lots of women (including women of a certain age) were wearing flowery pants. How neat that you painted the pants yourself. So pretty!

  • Reply Margy July 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

    What a great pair of jeans, Sue! You look happy and beautiful…and you've given me an idea…:)

  • Reply Holly July 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Hi Sue! Congrats on being a contestant in Sew, Mama, Sew's Super Online Sewing Bee! I was reading their post introducing the contestants and saw the words Whiterock in the mural behind you. We were just there this past weekend! Fun to have a Vancouverite to cheer on in this competition! Good luck!

  • Reply lattegirl40 July 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Congrats on the contest!!
    Fellow Canadian, new blogger, found you through the contest blog!! Will be cheering you on in the contest!! Good luck!!

  • Reply popcosmo July 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I absolutely adore these pants. I assumed you bought them until I read your post! And… I like the simplicity of them. If you are going for the Rebecca Minkoff look, then perhaps a bit more filling in. If you are going all out, à la Melanie, then make another pair and go all out!! Who says you can only make 1 pair?! Seems like you can have a whole line of handmade pants in your closet with your talent!! Looking forward to seeing what YOU decide :))
    xo ~kim

  • Reply sabine July 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Today is the day of the beautiful, creative, self-painted pants! What a lovely day! I love your pants, the idea, the pattern and how you styled it with pink.
    I can not see why the pants are not ready. They are perfect.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply cindy the cottage chick July 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Soo soo cute! You are a brave soul and it pays off. 🙂 LOVE them.

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle July 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Hi Gorgeous Sue!

    Love the pants very original, i wish i would have time to do this
    Yes Melanie's pants are so insane i tell you!



  • Reply silvergirl July 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Love the pants, you did a fantastic job!

  • Reply Ofelia July 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Sue, I prefer your take on than the inspiration because of your infuse of color and your accessories.

  • Reply Lisa July 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    ” At the risk of appearing to be an over achiever…” lol
    Gorgeous Sue, your pants are fab.

  • Reply Val Sparkle July 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Those pants are fabulous! I think they're done they way they are. There's nothing to stop you from buying another pair and doing something different next time. I really have to put my fabric pens to work now – you Canadians are winning the cool contest – one pant leg at a time!

  • Reply Laurie July 9, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Wow! What a great idea. I have yet to find a pair of printed jeans that suit me. Never thought to make my own!

    Looking stylish and radiant as always Sue! Enjoy the sun!

  • Reply Wendy July 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Those pants are freaking awesome!!! Seriously! Well done. 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas July 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for all your fantastic comments ladies! I really appreciate your kind words, your sage advice, and well, You! I might be a little behind with commenting, but I am trying to pop by all of your blogs as time permits!

    Sue xo

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen July 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Between you and Mel, I'm stoked. I gotta paint me some jeans. May try a black background, what do you think?
    You look so summery and Sweet-Sue as always. You are way too modest. These blue and white jeans worked out pretty flawlessly. There are so many ways for you to wear them with your wardrobe. I'd keep 'um, and maybe try the same pattern on another pair to keep going with. I've got now design suggestions … I like them so much this way.
    You are such an inspiring and beautiful blossom!

  • Reply pastcaring July 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Well, I love both your version and Mel's, you have both created beautiful, unique trousers. You look beautiful! xxx

  • Reply Renae Simple Sequins July 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Ah Sue, I didn't even try to look similar to Megan or Nora. hahahahaha. I just love them and their blog hop. I always feel so welcomed there. Cute pants!!! and nice posing on dangerous rocks (you're brave).

  • Reply Lynn Dylan July 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I like 'em as they are. They look great!


  • Reply Paola Lauretano July 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Amazing look!!!
    Would you like to follow each other?

  • Reply Olivia Lane July 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Oooo! Now I want painted pants. Those look so cool!

  • Reply Jessica Cangiano July 12, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Wonderfully fun pants – and entire outfit. I adore how you've partnered pink and blue with crisp white here. That combination feels fresh and endlessly summery. I've also been meaning to mention how much I love that you often take outfit photos down at the beach. In the warmer months (and occasionally even during the winter), I often do the same thing, given that there is such a lovely abundance of beaches around these parts.

    Wishing you a beautiful Friday & weekend!
    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply Rosy July 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    This is genius! You've gotten a whole new look to these pants! Oh, Lady. It's wonderful! Love it!

  • Reply Rachel July 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Those turned out so awesome!! I've painted a pair of my shoes before, but never pants. I can think of a pair of two that could be spiced up by this technique, though…

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