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*** The official and awesome DIY thread ***

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

  1. troika

    troika Senior member

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    Here is something I did recently. I needed a travel watch roll that only fit two watches. I had that black lambskin lying around from a few pages back, and then thrifted this ridiculously large but buttery soft lambskin shirt. I'm not super good with a sewing machine, but getting better.

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  2. Takai

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    I have recently taken a foray into the world of revitalizing denim through the use of Sashiko, and visible repairs. Here is my first piece. I should have my second one done tomorrow hopefully.

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  3. Eddiee

    Eddiee Senior member

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    Trying some distressing techniques on an old pair of jeans.
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    Trying repetitive needle picking to tease the warp. Yields a furry shredded look. Very labor intensive.
    using a cheesegrater gets about the same result with significantly less control.

    Ripped open the outseam and am sewing a strip of yarn dyed linen along it. Deconstructed tuxedo effect ? Should be cool.
    Plus, patches soon.
     
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  4. Notreknip

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    Partially inspired by this thread, I asked for a sewing machine as a (old man) birthday gift.

    Got one yesterday. Today I watched a few YouTube videos, made one $100-trip to the craft store for miscellaneous supplies, came back and in the first 3 hours or so...

    I successfully slimmed (thigh down), blind hemmed, and stitched a traveller's crease on my previously-hideous cotton golf pants.

    I feel like a champ! :slayer:

    If you've considered trying alterations, just do it gentlemen. I'm meticulous and I work with my hands everyday, but dare I say, it was pretty simple. I even tackled a hem on my wife's jersey skirt which is apparently supposed to be one of the hardest materials to work with due to the stretch. It puckered every so slightly, but she thinks I'm amazing anyway.
     
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  5. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    CONGRATS !!!!

    You are now the familys tailor and champ. Did you ever think you would learn a new trade.

    Soon to open the Paris of the prairies tailor shop?

    If you need answers, we are here just ask.

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  6. Notreknip

    Notreknip Senior member

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    Thanks! Today was a bit tighter for personal time but I did a quick jeans-style hem (does it have a name?) on a pair of 5-pocket twill pants. A good press and pins weren't even necessary. It was a 20 minute job at most, including measurements.

    Next up is probably a cuffed hem, then maybe a split waist take-in, then maybe some shirt darts. After that I really want to jump to my main end-goal of jacket sleeves.

    Do we have a DIY alterations thread here, or is this it?
     
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  7. troika

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    Made a second version of this using the same leather, just for 4 watches this time. Present for my uncle in Germany.

    More than happy to provide measurements and directions for anyone who wants them.



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  8. colabear

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    POP art bag inspiration:

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    I'm so tempted to spoof but don't wanna be rude :foo:
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    Bonus: oh sheet, I just got sum ideas for sum shirts, when it rains, it pours. Yes cum back to me :foo:

    HERMES x COLABEAR x GAP collaboration :slayer:
     
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  9. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hey NOTREKNIP

    Sorry but I dont cover everything every day.
    Yes its got a name its called a "jeans hem". Your time was as much as a tailors time.
    are you using a tailors wax chalk?

    Go to "search", and ask for "tailors technical tutorials".
    Scroll down to, for diys getting the trouser length right.

    There are other titles in there that might interest you.
     
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  10. el Bert

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    Painted some old CPs

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  11. el Bert

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    Started this too. I used a dark indigo uniqlo x pure blue sweatshirt I got for like $10 and painted it partially with two types of blue and planning on doing these patches, inspired by this. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  12. el Bert

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    Planning on dying this bomber and going cross elbow patches. Just not sure what color I'm thinking either blue or dark green? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  13. el Bert

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    Did this shirt too [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  14. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    dude you're on fire
     
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  15. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Senior member

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    wow, that shirt looks fantastic. Awesome!
     
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  16. ImaPro

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    Dark green for the bomber !
     
  17. canstyleace

    canstyleace Senior member

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    yes Bert!!!

    you need this new hobby man,,,, or any other new hobby really

    just make sure its one that doesn't involve posting sweet curated delicacies from the internet that keep prompting me to buy more shit I dont need
     
  18. jwalterweather

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    Cool projects El Bert! Where did you get the material you are using for the elbow patches?
     
  19. eazye

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    Recently I deconstructed one of my wife's favorite skirts, a 100% polyester beast from Urban Outfitters that she basically wore until the wheels fell off. I took it apart, made a pattern out of it, and re-made it in a very nice English made suiting cloth. I still need to hem and press it, but you get the idea. There is something really satisfying about taking a cheap article of clothing back from fast-fashion and turning into a quality piece.
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  20. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    That is awesome, E! I can only imagine how many husband points you're getting for that.
     

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