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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby needlethatsings » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:19 pm

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junya-esque flannel patch shirt. Basically my first ever sewing project.

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Also patching up some old jeans, still a wip
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby INNIT » Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:16 am

amikrumpingnow wrote:@exprof and @sknss some of the plaids are cut running along selvedge and some aren't, I took a rough brush to the edges to make them fray and kinda wear unevenly, as I think that's in the spirit of the original garment. could def run along the edges to make sure they don't fray all the way though.


yah youre right man. i have a couple of needle's ribbon flannels and the edges on the ribbons have all frayed. after enough wear it makes the thing look even more arts&crafts and shitty which i kinda like.

your DIY is rly good tho
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby BIGBEE » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:46 pm

going to try to sew some webbing onto my jacket like this acronym one

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don't have a sewing machine right now so it'll be awhile, now I just have to find some pouches that aren't ugly as sin. if you have any ideas tell me, worse comes to worse I'll buy a few acronym ones.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby Blastoise » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:35 pm

Does anyone have experience with fabric tape instead of sewing? My sewing machine is broken and I'd prefer to finish what I'm doing myself than take it in somewhere (but that's also an option at this point). The fabric is a heavier linen/rayon blend, not sheer at all.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby blanket » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:04 am

Late Night Tea Adventures
last night i dyed my socks with tea
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left is english breakfast, right is green tea.

This is pretty close to their actual colours
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Story: after dinner I drank too much tea and I was hyper and jittery and I thought it would be a really really really cool idea to boil my socks in tea
Moral: I should stop drinking tea after 4pm

Summary
Brew 3-4 teabags per litre of water for 10-20 mins
Take tea out
Soak items in tea until desired colour is reached (15mins to over 12 hours)
Squeeze tea from items and soak in cold water for 30 mins
Squeeze water from items and hang up to dry

Rambling about socks and tea (please excuse the rubbish pictures; most of this happened around 9-12 pm)
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Muji socks. I thought the 70-80% cotton composition would be enough to get soft colours, but if I wanted stronger colours I would search for 100% natural fibre, wash the socks before dyeing or try a mordant. I don't think the oatmeal socks were as dark as they are in the photographs.
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I usually make English Breakfast on weekend mornings, and green tea whenever I feel like it. I would buy loose leaf, except we temporarily don't have a teapot.
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English Breakfast
Boiled three teabags in one litre of water for 10 minutes (until the water was a fairly deep brown) then threw the teabags away.
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Soaked the socks in the (still simmering) tea until the colour wanted was reached - in this case, around 10-15 minutes. For a darker brown, I would probably soak them for about an hour or two. I simmered the tea and socks together, but after looking up some tutorials and guides to natural dyes I found out it's actually not necessary to do that - people usually soak the fabric in the coloured water after boiling and straining out solid bits.
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Squeezed and rinsed the socks, then left them in cold water for half an hour to help the dye set. Hung them up to dry after that.
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While waiting I made myself a small meal (not pictured - sashimi, salad)
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Even the coaster is tea-themed
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Green Tea
Boiled four teabags in a litre of water for 15 minutes, and threw out the teabags before before adding socks and simmering. I was hoping for light green socks, but this green tea is normally a yellow-green, so I wasn't too surprised when the socks started to turn yellow. However, after half an hour of soaking in tea, the socks had only become a very pale yellow with no sign of green. I blithely added four more teabags and continued simmering.
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An hour after the green tea socks had begun soaking I was getting hungry again, so I polished off the half-finished tub of green tea ice cream languishing in the fridge.
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After one and a half hours the socks were not getting any greener. In fact, the tea was slowly turning brown. I suppose the tea was oxidising - essentially, turning into black tea. The socks were still disappointingly pale, but looked like they were pale yellow-brown rather than a pale yellow.
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In frustration I turned off the stove and left them to soak overnight

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In the morning the green tea socks looked browner. I took them out, rinsed them in cold water and left them to soak for half an hour
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Meanwhile, the english breakfast socks had dried. Interestingly, the elastic inside the socks darkened a lot more than the socks themselves.
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They shrunk from men's socks to just the right size for me.
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Originally I was feeling rebellious and I wore the L sock on my right foot and the R sock on my left foot, but these socks really are shaped for the correct side.

The green tea socks became a soft powdery yellow, which I do like.
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They shrunk a lot - the diagonal line at the side was originally the heel of the sock.
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Thoughts and Conclusions
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english breakfast 7/10
I was worried I had pulled them out too late because when they were wet, the colour was creepily close to my skin colour. Thankfully they became very nearly the light brown I was hoping they'd turn into. I only soaked them for a very short time (about 10 mins), and I imagine more dramatic results would be easily achievable. There isn't much of a tea smell. Earl grey would be nice to try; I always like the bergamot smell more than the tea's actual flavour.

green tea 6/10
The green tea was very pale, took forever to dye and leaned towards yellows rather than greens. The socks currently have a really lovely roasted green tea smell (a bit like genmaicha). They also shrunk quite a bit because I simmered them for two hours. Would try a matcha or a different brand of sencha if I did this again. I do like the yellow colour.

experience 9/10
very fun seeing what comes out; best thing is just finding out what happens
definitely going to try again, perhaps with things other than socks.

I haven't put the socks through the wash yet, will report on whether the colour gets washed off when the time comes.

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@heckawheel showed me a chlorophyll tee by Tender
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really would like to try something like that with salad or leaves from local flora, then wear it outdoors and let it fade and react to the sun.
not that there is very much greenery in HK
not that i go out in the sun very often


things to try in the future: hibiscus tea (supposedly turns light purple), pomegranates, red cabbage, spinach, radish, salad, flowers, blackberries, iphones
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby Bartender » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:36 pm

Anyone know good places to get nice fabric for sewing basic shirts/trousers? Been on other board's DIY threads, and seems to be a common trouble
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby sknss » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:48 pm

Have you been to your city's fabric district?
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby Bartender » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:52 pm

Going to school in Boston, I should probably check it out but from what I can glean online it seems Boston's fabric district is pretty small and just doesn't compare to NYC
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby bobo77 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:27 pm

Update on http://care-tags.org/viewtopic.php?p=35614#p35614
Little bro in the Trucker.
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Levi's/Wu-Tang/Levi's/Adidas
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby yubbermax » Sun Nov 09, 2014 9:51 pm

I bought this bomber for $25 not realizing how bad it could be. It was bad. I forgot to return it and I'm stuck with it. I decided to put a mesh graphic on the back and I cut a piece of screen door mesh and used it as a stencil. Unfortunatly it wasn't pressed down against the jacket enough so it came out pretty shitty. The paint has begun to wear off quickly and it looks kind of cool so I'm going with it.

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Excuse the miniature t shirt
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby mc-lunar » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:27 am

What don't you like about the bomber? Looks pretty solid from here
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby parastexis » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:49 pm

severely fucked up an old denim shacket i had

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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby JewTurk » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:03 pm

Finally patched these fuckers after not wearing them for quite a while. Fashion teacher at school was kind enough to let me practice with the school's machines with their extra fabric laying around. Ended up practicing with a bunch of denim smocks my art teacher let me borrow until I felt good about doing the final product.

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Picture makes the patches look almost identical in color, sulfur dye is pretty crazy.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby meatjacket » Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:46 am

love the idea of messy paintings and i've been trying to mix that up with what i wear and whatever

its 2am and i should be asleep but i painted my olive ma-1
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with a pocket knife and some tempera paint.

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Then I put it on (still wet paint) and danced to the strokes for like 10 min lol

looks cool i think. I hope the paint cracks and chips off eventually

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also i realized i bought this uniqlo dry package tshirt in black and havent worn it at all so i destroyed the hem (i think)

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will post more in the near future
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby meatjacket » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:18 pm

Done a couple things since my last post (one thing i can't show til after christmas)

Embroidered my uniqlo ocbd elbow so when i cross my arms or lean on my hand, it shows

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Painted the back of my denim jacket

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Patched up some jeans (still working on making it more neat, even for patchwork jeans)

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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby Jeezas » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:17 am

Cut the collar on an old chambray shirt to make a mandarin collar. Not a crazy project but it's easy and it can change the look of a shirt.

Before.
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After.
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There are a few raw/loose threads but the seams are still here so it won't fray.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby meatjacket » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:15 pm

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embroided a jacket for my girlfriend

shes a gemini
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby FeministFatal » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:36 am

So I've been really into photoshopping recently (actually gimping bc poor lyfe) and I made a few things for my friends. My friend Bridget's birthday was this week so I made this for her and printed it on 2ftx2ft glossy poster paper at my school library. It cost 7 dollars and would be cheaper if smaller. It occurred to me that maybe I could set up a little online store where people would choose a style of poster and send me a picture and I would make it (send as JPEG for cheap, poster print for more) and sell it.

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I did a bit of research and there are a few options for customizable pop art portraits but they are either super basic and cost around $40 or are actually well done and cost around $120. This seems like a significant mark up and I think I could undercut that. Maybe go for $20-30 a piece.

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Also, I have not been able to find anywhere that lets you make other types of custom posters. I've experimented with a few other styles (they don't look as good because it was the first try) and can think of a few more. Also I think I might buy the real Photoshop soon and that should increase my professionalism by a ton.

Psychedelic Poster
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Flapper Style
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I would love some feedback! Do you think it has potential?
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby sick boy » Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:52 pm

The idea with this is for the jacket to work in autumn, winter, and spring. The wool is a slightly loose weave, making the jacket alone breathable in warmer seasons. The liner keeps it warm enough to wear with a t shirt around -15.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby soundclip989 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:51 pm

Soundclip piss stain jacket mod. (Not actually pee)

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Still feel like there's a lot more to be done with this, probably more layers of dye applied with a brush. I'm imagining something like a watercolor, but we'll see how it goes on to this cotton fabric. Could turn out badly.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby igsu » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:26 am

Does anyone have tips for cutting fabric to sew from scratch? I have a cutting board and one of those rotary cutter things, but I'm still unable to cut through even two layers of thin fabric and them come out even and clean-cut.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby BIGBEE » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:27 pm

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handknit sweater (full fit in spoiler)
my mom made this one. It's made of rope dyed yarn so it'll fade kind of like denim.
my mother started knitting so young she can't remember not being able to knit!
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby slappa » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:54 pm

I made this wall clock that I had been wanting to make for quite some time. Found a supplier of the watch movement and dials last month and had a few samples sent for this prototype.
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#interiordesign
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby TheLouisVuittonPawn » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:46 pm

Unhemmed the jeans im wearing today
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and updated fit
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby igsu » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:03 pm

Here's my friend wearing an outfit I put together for a fashion show. All items were DIY except the shoes and her rings. I still have close to no idea what I'm doing but I think it turned out alright anyways. I look forward to wearing this fleece sweater thing.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby kylebisc » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:21 pm

I never really wore my black jeans because I felt they were just too plain, but the other night I decided to give them a little DIY with a pocketknife and so here we are, my first time trying something like this! I'm planning in the near future to start attaching scraps and patches all over because I would love to have a pair of crust pants.

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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby pk! » Sun Mar 08, 2015 5:39 pm

Had some thrifted engineer boots that I was having a really hard time styling as-is, so I cut off the majority of the boot. Then I got bored with that and gave them some attention with a set of brushes and some gesso. Here's the result:
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Thinking about coming back thru once it's all dry and adding a suede panel on the inside to give it some texture.
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby eli7 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:33 am

I got some really beautiful indigo wool and knit it up just in time for spring. Pictures don't really do the wool justice

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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby CheerUpBrokeBoy » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:16 am

thinking about DIYing a paint job like this lang trucker, but on a flannel

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not sure if a flannel would be the best choice though, i feel like like the way cotton flannel bunches/drapes would take away from the straight lines. flannel's my gut instinct tho

what paint would work best for this?
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Re: Small wallet, big ideas - the DIY thread

Postby Baddarn » Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:06 am

Got tired of camping for UC 85 jeans and doubting whether it was worth it, so I decided to try and make my own crust jeans! Have been spending waaaay too much time on these over the last few weeks... It's obvious why 85:s retailed around $1000.

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And while they're sort of done now I'm thinking about doing some changes. Mainly:


    - Should I dye them black? (since the threads are polyester they won't become black, it'll only be the original grey cores)

    - Should I take them in? Bought them with the idea to have some baggier jeans but over time I've begun to doubt I actually want that...


But if you have any sort of feedback beyond that I'd love to hear it!

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