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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: June 01, 2004 03:41:52 PM
As the author of the original post, I'd like to say I was really after the FEEL of a vintage tee.  I realize this is a hard thing to simulate, but I noticed that all of my really soft old tees are 50/50 poly/cotton, so I thought maybe there was some way to scorch the poly so they're just thin cotton... or something.

Anyway, I've experimented with the rock salts techniques above, and while they certainly FADE the t-shirts in a nice, vintage-y way, they don't do much for the texture.  I'm going to try using rock salt in the washing machine this weekend and see if that helps at all...

Thanks for the great ideas, y'all, I think we're definitely on the right road.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: February 24, 2004 10:16:57 AM
From the Queer Eye website:

"High Sodium Fashion
Like the worn out look of a t-shirt but need a new one? Wash it in a washing machine with rock salt. That abrades the fabric and fades it a little bit for that well-worn look."

Huh.  Kind of vague on the details, but this is obviously a step in the right direction.  I'll try it out and post my results ASAP.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: February 24, 2004 10:09:29 AM
thanks for the tip.  i looked at craft stores for the stonewashing kit, and i don't think they exist anymore (not that I'm surprised, really).

so i guess i'll try the rock salt method.  hot water, salt... i wonder where the bleach comes into the picture...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: February 10, 2004 03:28:42 PM
Thanks for the replies.  The process definitely involves bleach, and salt water sounds promising as well.  And yes, you need a cotton-poly blend.  I discovered that when I looked at the tags of all my most comfy vintage tees--they're all 50/50 rather than 100% cotton.  So I've got a bunch of blank 50/50s, now I just need to figure out how to scorch/bleach the cotton fibers, I guess... I searched for the Style Network piece but their website is garbage...

Guess I'll just have to do some experimenting!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: February 07, 2004 09:24:50 PM
I was working on a movie recently and lameting that new t-shirts just don't feel the way old ones do... you know, the really well aged ones that are threadbare and fit like a second skin... Ah.

Anyway, one of the costumers on this film said, 'Oh yeah, I know somebody who can make a new shirt feel like that, I think it involves bleach and like, high dryer heat and...'

But I never got the full story.  Does anyone know how to do this?  I see new "vintage" t's in some of the stores here in LA, so somebody has obviously figured it out.  HELP!  Thanks.
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