Now that I’m an adult, I’m totally over dressing up for Halloween. I loved it as a kid, but now that I’m a mom with kids, I’d much rather spend my time making awesome costumes for them. But when Halloween rolls around, I do like to have something festive to wear, cause I’m not a total scrooge about it. 
I recently ran across this Asos Bat Sweatshirt and I thought it was perfect. Simple, but fun and festive. Also, it’s not so Halloween-ish that I can’t wear it more than once a year. 
I’ve been itching to try out the new fabric spray paint that My Next Style sent me and this the perfect opportunity. 
sweater: DIY (sweater from Kohls)
button up: front row shop c/o
boots: lulu*s c/o
bracelets: target & hello fab
watch: michael kors
Step 1. Draw out your bat on freezer paper. Make sure it’s as big as you’d like it to be across your chest. 

Step 2. Cut out the bat shape and iron it on to the sweater, shiny side down.

Step 3. Slide a piece of cardboard or thick paper into your shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed through, and cover up the rest of your shirt. Spray one layer of fabric spray paint and let dry. 
*note: the spray paint is a little hard to control (like any spray paint), but the paint itself is great quality. It only required one layer, it came out perfectly even, it’s nice and dark black, and it has a really nice hand to it — not stiff at all, unlike the little bottles of fabric paint I’ve always used. It’s absolutely worth the extra effort required to cover up the shirt so it doesn’t get sprayed. (also, they didn’t pay me, or even ask me to write this — I was just really impressed!!)
Once dry, peel off the freezer paper. No heat setting required, but wait 72 hours to wash!
  • This is so cute & something I could definitely pull off! Love those boots too πŸ™‚

  • I saw this on ASOS awhile ago and loved it and almost fell out of my seat on how much it cost! I too thought it would be a great DIY! Love it!

  • Great DIY! And i love the orange pants!
    xx Stephanie (

  • Hi Merrick! my question is the following: do you ever buy clothes online? if so, what web-page do you recomend? I'm trying to look for online selling but chic and classy AND classic at the same time, and its really difficult.
    thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I adore your blog

  • This is super cute! Is it stiff like traditional fabric paint?

  • Such a great idea!! Love this look! So pretty!

    The Style Storm
    xo, Christina

  • Cute and so simple! I want to try doing this with some onesies!

  • Lucy Liu wore a batman shirt (very similar to yours) in episode 1, season 2 of Elementary — you are so up-to-the-minute! Happy to see the fabulous orange pants are still working for you πŸ™‚

  • I adore these pants !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  • i love this! you are soo creative! i love that plaid shirt underneath too!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Did you have to order your shoes a half size bigger? I've heard they run small.

    • I would recommend ordering a half size up, especially if you're planning to wear them with any kind of sock. I ordered my normal size and they're fine, but a tiny bit snug.

  • How cute! I need to try some of that fabric paint, the finished result looks much better than I would have imagined! I guess I am used to the fabric paint people used to use at high school homecomings that looked pretty bad!

  • Where is the sweatshirt from?

  • This turned out so cute!!

    Kristina does the Internets

  • So cute. Love it and it looks so simple to recreate. Love your outfit today.


  • LOVE IT!!!

  • what a lovely idea ! thanks πŸ˜‰

  • I LOVE IT! Merrick you are so crazy gorgeous I DIE!! And your talented so that just makes you even prettier haha!! Love you

  • Ha! Cute idea, cute outfit. Very well done!

  • Oh, so cute!

  • This is brilliant Merrick! Perfectly subtle festive-ness :). Adorable as always!

  • This is SO SO cute and totally doable. I can't wait to get home and try this. I love that you found a product you love enough to write about. Looking forward to trying this!

  • I love your blog! You have inspired me to learn how to sew and re-fashion. So thank you! πŸ™‚