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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I plan on buying some MTM shirts from Ratio Clothing. That being said, I want to get the stonewashed look (similar to J.Crew shirts, a more casual look), but MTM companies dont seem to offer this, so I want to do it myself. I found this guide:

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_10066929_can-stonewash-tshirt.html

 

What do you guys think? Will the bleach ruin the shirt? Or is it ok?

 

Paul

post #2 of 17
Never put stones in your washing machine. Whoever wrote that article needs his head examined. Use an Iroh-type method instead. Tie the clothes to a thin rope or thick string and the other end to a bicycle and ride for awhile, dragging the clothes behind you. Ride and drag as long as it takes. Then launder as usual.
post #3 of 17
Dear Man of Lint, unfortunately I don't have a bicycle. Would tying the thin rope or thick string to the back of a convenient bus, taxi or train, travelling around dragging the clothes behind achieve the same results?
Edited by MikeDT - 9/12/12 at 2:15am
post #4 of 17

You get that effect by buying a high quality shirt, taking good care of it and letting it age gracefully. Avoiding spaghetti helps. Anything other process is dishonest. 

post #5 of 17
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Dear Man of Lint, unfortunately I don't have a bicycle. Would tying the thin rope or thick string to the back of my car or a convenient bus or train, travelling around dragging the clothes behind achieve the same results?

You in inner Mongolia? Tie it to the tail of a yack.

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post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Well it is a cheap old washing machine that only needs to last a couple more months, is it really that bad of an idea?

post #7 of 17
Yes.
post #8 of 17
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Well it is a cheap old washing machine that only needs to last a couple more months, is it really that bad of an idea?

Yes it is. If you can borrow a yak to drag your shirt around with for a few hours, I believe you should achieve a much better result. I'm going to try it tomorrow with one of my Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street dress shirts.
post #9 of 17
J crew uses an enzyme wash to soften up the fibers
there are a couple of industrial wash house that do this for the trade.
I doubt they would do this for an individual.
post #10 of 17
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Yes it is. If you can borrow a yak to drag your shirt around with for a few hours, I believe you should achieve a much better result. I'm going to try it tomorrow with one of my Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street dress shirts.

 

Well, not everyone has access to yaks. I wear HUGO BOSS and wrap HUGO BOSS shirts around the outside of an automobile tire and roll the HUGO BOSS-wrapped tire down the street each day while I walk to work. A few weeks and the HUGO BOSS shirts are perfect.

 

I tried putting my HUGO BOSS shirts on tires *on* my car and going for a drive, but that tend to "over-distress" my HUGO BOSS shifts. Hand rolling HUGO BOSS shirts give you so much better control.

 

MikeDT, pnewelljr and and everyone else: if you do this with Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street dress shirts, be sure to use tyres and not tires.

post #11 of 17
Why not just buy the J Crew shirt? DIY is rarely worth the effort.
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Well, not everyone has access to yaks. I wear HUGO BOSS and wrap HUGO BOSS shirts around the outside of an automobile tire and roll the HUGO BOSS-wrapped tire down the street each day while I walk to work. A few weeks and the HUGO BOSS shirts are perfect.

I tried putting my HUGO BOSS shirts on tires *on* my car and going for a drive, but that tend to "over-distress" my HUGO BOSS shifts. Hand rolling HUGO BOSS shirts give you so much better control.

MikeDT, pnewelljr and and everyone else: if you do this with Charles Tyrwhitt of Jermyn Street dress shirts, be sure to use tyres and not tires.

Putting HUGO BOSS shirts on your moped's tires?? Where did you get that idea, HermesMan's blog?
post #13 of 17
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Why not just buy the J Crew shirt? DIY is rarely worth the effort.

 

They never fit quite right.

post #14 of 17
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Putting HUGO BOSS shirts on your moped's tires?? Where did you get that idea, HermesMan's blog?

 

Not a moped. I ride in STYLE. Luxury brands.  MERCEDES BENZ or LEXUS *O*N*L*Y*.  In UK ROLLS is acceptable. I want to be next HermesMan.


Edited by jt10000 - 9/13/12 at 4:08am
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Not a moped. I ride in STYLE. Luxury brands.  MERCEDES BENZ or LEXUS *O*N*L*Y*.  In UK ROLLS is acceptable. I want to be next HermesMan.

When did Lexus become luxury?

Pleb.
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