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post #1306 of 1349

@KoY it might very well be cheaper (and more comfortable) to just have the whole sole replaced. Or even finding some postman 101's.

post #1307 of 1349
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Originally Posted by kindofyoung View Post

Maybe this is stupid, but has anyone tried turning a "normal" derby-sole into a wedge one? 

I'm actually having my cobbler do the opposite and put a commando sole on my Ann D's. Rather than fill the gap I'm sure a better long term (and probably more comfortable) option would be to have the whole sole replaced with a Vibram wedge sole. The Vibram version looks pretty darn close to the original Ann D sole.
post #1308 of 1349
Just finished sewing the lining in this morning. Freshhh

Tropical upholstery fabric and kubaro selvedge with washed goatskin accents









post #1309 of 1349

Maybe not the right thread for this, but anyway.. Just for fun, I picked up this old vintage coat. It's huge haha. I don't know why I got it.. The tweed fabric was just too nice I think. And cheap of course.

 

So the question is, should I try to salvage it? Lot of difficult tailoring required which I can't do myself: remove shoulder padding, reduce shoulder width, slim sleeves, reduce overall length some. Also, it smells funny, so dry clean. Kind of a lot of money, but if successful it might turn out pretty cool.

 

Problem areas: slit in the back, huge armholes which I guess means sleeves can only be tapered, not slimmed all the way, just way too wide in the chest and shoulders. It's not so visible in these photos, but the with the shoulder padding, the shoulder seam probably extend like 2 cm beyond my actual shoulders.

 

Could also use the fabric for an awesome tote bag I guess, but it would almost be a shame!

 

Pictures below are with clamps in the back :rolleyes:, which probably removes like 10cm.

 

 

 

 (the clamps!)

 

 (lol:blush:)

post #1310 of 1349
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Originally Posted by Benjaminba View Post

Maybe not the right thread for this, but anyway.. Just for fun, I picked up this old vintage coat. It's huge haha. I don't know why I got it.. The tweed fabric was just too nice I think. And cheap of course.

So the question is, should I try to salvage it? Lot of difficult tailoring required which I can't do myself: remove shoulder padding, reduce shoulder width, slim sleeves, reduce overall length some. Also, it smells funny, so dry clean. Kind of a lot of money, but if successful it might turn out pretty cool.

Problem areas: slit in the back, huge armholes which I guess means sleeves can only be tapered, not slimmed all the way, just way too wide in the chest and shoulders. It's not so visible in these photos, but the with the shoulder padding, the shoulder seam probably extend like 2 cm beyond my actual shoulders.

Could also use the fabric for an awesome tote bag I guess, but it would almost be a shame!

Pictures below are with clamps in the back rolleyes.gif , which probably removes like 10cm.








 (the clamps!)


 (lol:blush: )

Honestly I think the best thing you could do to make proportions work would just get sleeves shortened to your arm length, I have a Dries parka that fits oversized and once I got the sleeves shortened it was like night and day. But I think you could wear it oversized, you look slim enough to make it work.
post #1311 of 1349
generally I'd agree. i mean, first question is, it's cool, but do you feel like it's you? if there's no question, proceed. dry clean if airing it out doesn't fix the smell, shorten the sleeves just enough, maybe get it slimmed down to the size you've got it pinned to, plan on wearing some thick-ass sweaters under it, and enjoy.
post #1312 of 1349
Look out visvim

post #1313 of 1349
Button and fabric samples for some trousers I'm working on.



post #1314 of 1349
I made myself a shirt at work the other day.



Super 120s cotton/Mother-of-Pearl Buttons/Handsewn Buttonholes in Silk thread.
post #1315 of 1349
Thick YKK Excella zips are super nice.

post #1316 of 1349
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Originally Posted by iamacyborg View Post

Thick YKK Excella zips are super nice.

How do these compare to Super Lampo and RiRi?
post #1317 of 1349
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Originally Posted by onijo84 View Post

How do these compare to Super Lampo and RiRi?

The only RiRi and Lampo zips I've handled are on a pair of Lanvin biker pants, the Excella's feel smoother. That being said, I'm comparing wider Excella to normal width RiRi and Lampo, so not a fair comparison.

No idea on Super Lampos.

I can actually source the thicker Excella's very easily, other brands not so much, so they've got that going for them.
post #1318 of 1349
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Originally Posted by onijo84 View Post

How do these compare to Super Lampo and RiRi?

I find them much more durable as well as smoother than riris. Riri zips, ime, are the premium zippers most likely to lose teeth or otherwise break. Super Lampos, ime, are not as smooth.
post #1319 of 1349
I have a pair of shiny black side zips that I want to make matte so it will go with more stuff. The shininess makes them too dressy I feel. How should I do this?

Would putting a deglosser on it ruin the leather? Would putting some kind of black polish or something like Obenauf's LP work? Or should I just leave it as is and just wear it with dressier stuff. Thanks.
post #1320 of 1349

Just use an ultra fine grit sandpaper. Use light, circular strokes. There might be some really fine scuff marks afterwards that you can just rub out with your thumb. Should give you a nice matte finish. 

 

I had a pair of AMI black crepe soled jodphur boots that had a high gloss. Used some sandpaper on them and it knocked the shine off completely.

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