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post #1006 of 1132
I ended up bleach-washing these 3 times, with 1.5–2.5 liters of bleach each time. They went from deep indigo with hardly any signs of wear to full-dad.

 

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Edited by ChetB - 3/2/14 at 12:24am
post #1007 of 1132
Going on a ski trip this weekend. Last year I made myself a neck warmer (gaiter) out of an ikea fleece blanket to replace one I had lost. Also made one for the guy who planned the trip and my GF at the time.

I still had 5/6ths of a blanket left so I figured I would make a few more. Good opportunity to practice my cutting and sewing skills. Ended up making 15 of the damn things and spending more time than I though. The first cuts weren't very straight (need to get a big cutting mat for my rotary cutter...nice straight lines) since the fleece is kind of hard to cut nicely, but I got better by the end.

Actually pressed the hems this time and marked the needle plate for an even seam...by the end, some of them turned out quite nice and I feel a lot more in touch with my machine (my usual denim repair doesn't care about even stitches or straight lines).

Then I took some excessively close up photos.



post #1008 of 1132
so... "coming to an Etsy shop near you soon"?
post #1009 of 1132
Lol. Considering you can buy a probably better quality one for like $4 (those child laborers are very good sewers)...I doubt it :-)

Gave away all but one this weekend... I suppose it made it easier to identify people in our group from the chairlift.
Edited by otc - 3/10/14 at 2:00pm
post #1010 of 1132

Always wanted some bright green shoes like mcnairy. Thrifted some boring beige Cole Haan boat loafs. Dyed green.

 

 

 

Suede protector spray along with my other new suede kicks.

post #1011 of 1132

Hey guys, need your help.

 

I'm trying to spice up an old leather jacket that is just too large. I've read up on trying to shrink it but so far have had very little success.

Soaked it in hot water for about 30min, then tossed into a very very light tumble dry for about 10min, then laid out to dry...no dice.

Any ideas on what else I could do? I don't mind if it gets banged up a bit as well.

 

Long term is to get an artist friend of mine to paint a WW2/RRL themed image on the back once it fits reasonably well.


Edited by troika - 4/24/14 at 4:39pm
post #1012 of 1132
Must be a heavy calf jacket ... I can only recommend repeating the hot bath and machine dry.
post #1013 of 1132
Better of buying someone else's old leather jacket that fits and then get your artist friend to do his thing.
post #1014 of 1132
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Originally Posted by Kwaker View Post

Must be a heavy calf jacket ... I can only recommend repeating the hot bath and machine dry.

 

Yep, pretty heavy and lined. Will have to give this another shot. Should I be afraid of the dryer or does it not really matter at this point?

 

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Originally Posted by runyourchain View Post

Better of buying someone else's old leather jacket that fits and then get your artist friend to do his thing.

 

Might just end up doing this. Jacket was a present so I'm kinda obligated to at least try to make it work.

post #1015 of 1132
i don't think the calf will shrink and stay wearable. if you get it to shrink, you may also destroy the leather (with the dryer, you're baking it, basically).

maybe see if there's any leather worker in town who can basically tailor it?
post #1016 of 1132
Any wetting and drying of leather should be followed with liberal conditioning with something like Lexol to prevent cracking.
post #1017 of 1132
was bored w/ my converse and i never liked the lines of color on 'em; did a quick coat of white acrylic paint.



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sorry about the dirty laces
post #1018 of 1132
Hey troika
Do that again to the jacket and you may destroy it. treat it with that lexol.
Remember its leather. You do that shrinking trick just on raw denim.
Take it to a leather shop and have them make it smaller.
post #1019 of 1132
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Originally Posted by ghdvfddzgzdzg View Post

was bored w/ my converse and i never liked the lines of color on 'em; did a quick coat of white acrylic paint.


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sorry about the dirty laces

 

What did you use? just a brush?

I might do this.

post #1020 of 1132
yep, just a chip brush
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