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post #811 of 1112
Very cool, do you have any fit pics? How difficult was it?
post #812 of 1112
PSA: Spend the extra dollar on Dylon instead of Rit dye for brighter colors and blacker blacks (I still have a thing for the really dark purple/blue that you get when you half ass dye something with black Rit though).
post #813 of 1112
A Modest Proposal (Click to show)
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SHOULD I OR SHOULDN'T I:

Add gray ribbing to UU cropped trousers to produce Flight Pants. I thought I had regular-sized calves...but these keep slipping, looking a lot like capri pants. Figured some cuffs would not only extend the length a bit, but also allow them to stay hiked up. Yes -- or no.

(With apologies to forumite pictured above)
post #814 of 1112
cool idea, I'd give it a shot
post #815 of 1112
here you are imapro. it just takes time and patience.

post #816 of 1112
Any advice on the best dye to use other than rit for dip dying a oxford. Going to make the lower half navy.
post #817 of 1112
Dylon
post #818 of 1112

Painting a blazer with black gesso, yea or nay?

 

I destroyed a white zara shawl lapel "tux" jacket a while back (protip: never wear white jackets to frat formals.... at least this one was fairly cheap) and it's just too stained at this point for me to bother trying to get it back to pearly white.

 

I've been wanting to experiment with it and my sister just left me with some  black and white gesso to play with. I've never really messed with gesso before, especially not on clothing. My feeling is that the painted jacket will be pretty stiff at first, and the top layers will flake off in the areas the fabric will crease most (folds around elbow, etc) which would be pretty cool looking (at least, in my mind). I was planning on leaving the satin lapel untouched, along with the buttons, painting the sleeves/body all black (with gesso) and then going for a "speckled wool" kinda effect with tiny white paint drops splattered all over body/sleeves.

 

Thoughts? Not so much on the aesthetic but on how the paint will take/wear in? Or suggestions on a better paint to use? I considered dyeing the jacket, but that's less fun and I'd prefer not to mess with the lining and such. Also the stains would probably be apparent even with dye....

post #819 of 1112
Alright, so I darned up some old denim:



Used a machine, zigzag. It's super easy, but, 100%, find a piece of scrap and play with thread tightness or stich spacing or whatever - theres actually two fixes, one I didn't post (on a much smaller hole) and that one looks better because its lower tension/fewer stitches per pass. I'll need to redo this sooner rather than later but I know how to do this better now.

post #820 of 1112
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Originally Posted by Kajak View Post

Alright, so I darned up some old denim:



Used a machine, zigzag. It's super easy, but, 100%, find a piece of scrap and play with thread tightness or stich spacing or whatever - theres actually two fixes, one I didn't post (on a much smaller hole) and that one looks better because its lower tension/fewer stitches per pass. I'll need to redo this sooner rather than later but I know how to do this better now.


If you straight stitch back and forth a bunch of times, it comes out looking a big cleaner than zigzag. If you are color matched and you follow the direction of the warp threads, it can be a pretty clean job. If the weft threads are in bad shape too, you can follow them first to build a bit of structure and then finish parallel to the warp.

It's the closest approximation to the darning technique shown in that selfedge video (but for people without a darning machine and the balls to freehand a machine that's running that fast.
post #821 of 1112
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

If you straight stitch back and forth a bunch of times, it comes out looking a big cleaner than zigzag. If you are color matched and you follow the direction of the warp threads, it can be a pretty clean job. If the weft threads are in bad shape too, you can follow them first to build a bit of structure and then finish parallel to the warp.

It's the closest approximation to the darning technique shown in that selfedge video (but for people without a darning machine and the balls to freehand a machine that's running that fast.

nice video
post #822 of 1112
Spring, when will you be arriving? I can't wait to start doing some DIY. Visvim, Nigel Cabourn, Robert Geller, I am thinking of you
post #823 of 1112

That kids post in WAYWT makes me really want to make a tie-dye oxford.  I just grabbed 4 plain white ones from Uniqlo so I guess I might as well give it a go..

post #824 of 1112
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Originally Posted by colabear View Post

Spring, when will you be arriving? I can't wait to start doing some DIY. Visvim, Nigel Cabourn, Robert Geller, I am thinking of you

an idea just popped in my head...first up, Robert Geller



musical and visual inspiration
http://vimeo.com/11413343
post #825 of 1112

this thread has (unfortunately) been very slow lately, but since I don't have anything of my own to post, I'll just share this link
http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.se/search/label/DIY

 

Pretty sure I've seen her blog mentioned somewhere else on the forum before and her DIYs are often really cool (even though the majority of them are very simple)

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