Reporter Emily Kemp at work with her DIY races fashion project.
Reporter Emily Kemp at work with her DIY races fashion project. Chris Chan

Old race day hat springs to life with fresh new colour

A BRAND new hat for the races can cost upwards of $40.

My hat, stored away at home in Ipswich, cost around that a few years ago.

Postage was an easy $13, but when I was reunited with my old possession, it was more beige than I remembered.

I was planning to wear bright white shoes to bring out the white flowers on my dress, so the hat needed to match.

I considered bleaching, but a quick Google search revealed this is not a good chemical to use on polyester.

Not to be deterred, I discovered fabric paint and brushes for under $10 at the local craft store.

Painting the hat was a time-consuming job which took a few hours - I felt like I was applying masses of white-out to my hat, but the desired effect was achieved.

It just proves you don't need to buy something new every time there is an event.

 



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