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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sipang, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    I posted this on another thread, but my wife is a very talented crafter, and makes a lot of her own and my son's clothes, and made me this modern version of a Japanese working jacket, using thick cotton fabric printed with old Japanese beer labels. The photo, taken by a friend when I wasn't aware, is a bit too arty to make out everything, but the jacket fastens in kimono style, is just shorter than hip length, and has wide sleeves which fall above the wrist. The main body of the jacket is lined with orange cotton.
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  2. Timbaland

    Timbaland Senior member

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    Not sure paint would work very well on jeans. You can try waxing them. I've seen people use lacquer on jackets and the end results were pretty cool
     


  3. Master Milano

    Master Milano Senior member

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    That looks great, i was thinking of doing something like that in my spare time but have no idea how to start
     


  4. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    My wife gets most of the patterns online, but they do tend to be in Japanese and as we saw earlier when discussing knitting patterns, translating information (written and visual) can be difficult for both language and cultural reasons. My wife, being Japanese, doesn't have this problem herself! You can buy patterns from places like this.

    The sewing for basic Japanese traditional clothes is not too difficult. All of them are based around rectangular sections, made from fabric that is sold in standard widths. There is a nice guide to making a yukata (summer kimono) here.
     


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    "My Japanese Wife" is the new "I Live In Mongolia" or PRC or whatever
     


  6. Master Milano

    Master Milano Senior member

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    Thanks this is very informative. Making clothes seems way harder than my architecture class to say the least. And then there's the translating...
     


  7. FlyingMonkey

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    I presume this is some kind of forum in-joke because I have no idea what you are talking about.
     


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    painted all black chucks with black gesso paint a while ago. inspired by the mmm painted gats and the drkshdw hogwash denim. subtle and adds a distressed waxed/matte black look to it.
     


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    it's really easy to do. helps if the shoes are already worn and distressed as the gesso can really make the wrinkles standout if applied right. i had the pair for like 5 years and got bored one day basically.
     


  11. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored

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    the saga continues

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    black leather laces, overlapping coats of green, purple and black polishes
     


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    shootspeed, those are some of the nicest looking black chucks i've ever seen
     


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    you guys are making me want to paint my dirty white vans.
     


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    thanks! the best part is that they aren't even expensive or anything and it's pretty easy to do for the most part.


    you could throw yours in the washer and wait for them to dry. it'll get them clean so the paint will adhere better, and also add more wrinkles at the same time. then get some white gesso and start painting! that part is definitely the most fun but you really gotta be mindful of how you do it. i specifically used a dry brush technique on the more distressed areas around the laces and tongue, which really brings out the folds.
     
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    How does gesso differ from acrylic? I recently painted my gats with acrylic and it turned out pretty well, but I might want something more matte.
     


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