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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Repairing Jean Hems on: April 27, 2006 07:15:27 AM
I have a pair of jeans with back hems which have totally gone  Cry I am planning on splitting the seams, cutting out the material and stiching some new denim back in... Does anybody have any ideas on how to do this, or advice?
Also, once repaired is there any way of making the repaired hems last longer? (does heating them with a lighter work?)

ps I have to sew everything by hand...
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing hair blue(ish) on: April 19, 2006 02:40:14 PM
I'm looking for a bit of advice on putting a blue tint into my black hair, (like snape in harry potter) but I'm not sure what I need, how long it last etc. I work in a supermarket, else I'd just bleach it all out and dye it blue all over... Anybody recommend a product or something avialable in the UK?
(and hair is very crafty so no telling me it isnt you oiks!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Read the label... on: April 13, 2006 04:07:37 AM
So I got these jeans, womens Levi's but they fit and it was cheaper to get womens, so who cares....Anyway, there this girly blue (ypu know, like the cheap jeans at the supermarket) so I dunk them in this bucket of super-strong tea for about 3 days (cost about 20p for the teabags so I made it REALLY strong). I go back to see what has happened - hoping that the blue will be a bit darker and that the white will be all dirty so they look more manly, but they just look wet, so I chuck them back in along with a t-shirt that I thought I'd tie dye (in tea...) a couple of days later I grab my tee-shirt out - nicely died, and dry the jeans - for some reason the blue is darker and the pocket lining is brown, but the white fabric is still white...
I take them in and start removing blue threads from the back pocket, so its just white threads showing through. Then I just thought I'd iron them before I took them to the laundrette (because I wait to have a good load of things to take down) so I set the iron up and start ironing. Then I notice that the white is starting to brown up, 'wow' I think, somehow the die is coming out of the fabric now... Then I accidently leave the iron for a few seconds, and burn a nice brown iron mark... which I carefully blend back out, thinking that the dye is showing through with the heat...
So I just finish the ironing, going over the back pocket with the exposed threads and then, the whole pocket justs melts away...
After checking the tabs it turns out that the white was poly and the blue was cotton... so i could have saved myself all the time dyeing the fabric, and carefully picking holes in them... but I did manage to salvage the whole thing and get it looking good anyway...

Lesson? Read the label dimwit
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Can You Tie Dye Camouflage Patterns? on: April 07, 2006 06:34:58 AM
Any help? I'm not sure if its possable, but I thought I'd ask before going out and buying a camo shirt...
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Design Patterns(?) For Ideas on: April 07, 2006 06:27:00 AM
Sorry for the bad title, because I don't know what there called, which is proberbly why I can't find any... but does anybody know where I can download those print-outs of people wearing clothes that you can colour in or use as a template for drawing other clothes - sorry if I don't make sense, we used to have them at college - little outlines of men and women that you use to design clothes....
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / DIY clothing for men on: April 04, 2006 04:57:43 AM
I might be wrong, but it seems that 99% of the websites, mags, books etc out there seem really orientated towards women. I'm not complaining, I'm sure this is because there aren't many men interested in designing/customising clothes for themselves. Does anybody know of some sites/books etc where I can find some good tutorials / inspiration for unisex or male designs and reconstructions?
Cheers
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Screen Printing On The Cheap??? on: April 02, 2006 09:13:50 AM
OK, I've screen printed stuff (mainly paper/card, some non-clothing textiles) at college for years, and I can't see why people see it to be so expensive? I want to start screen-printing clothes instead of stenciling - because of the quickness and the fact you can do the same design loads of times.
Would this be a good idea:

Quick wooden frame made from a few cheap lengths of pine from local DIY shop.
stretch over a pair of tights or maybe some muslin?
staple edges.

Would that be OK?
I'm assuming the process to be the same as for stencilling clothes? Or do I need to use different Ink/Paints?
(when working at college I've only used 50/50 acrylic/extender, whilst for clothes I use 100% fabric paint will it be OK?)
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How to make stencilled Tees 'Last' on: April 02, 2006 08:37:57 AM
I've just got into the stencilling thing, but I think I might be doing something a little bit wrong?
I brought a very cheap tee from a big high-street store (it was of low quality) and some Dylon fabric paint for a couple of pounds (the type in a pot that you use a brush for.) I followed the instructions to wash and dry the item first, then I stencilled it, waited for it dry, ironed it through a piece of baking paper to fix it and then washed it about 2days later. To be fair, it wasn't very well done, as my stencil wasn't too good so it had bled a fair amount but I wasn't too fussed about that. Now though it has been washed about 4 times, and it has faded really badly (black is now dirty grey/ showing through green tee.) As far as I know this is a very good brand of fabric paint so I did expect it to last longer.
 
Does anybody have any methods for making the fix more permanent so it will take longer to fade, or am I just not following the instructions correctly?
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing Clothes with household products on: April 02, 2006 01:27:11 AM
I'm trying to dye some cotton tee shirts, but I'm trying to do it without the use of commercial products like dylon. I've heard that tea can be used to dye fabric a dirty beige colour, or dirty up denim, and that beetroot gives a bright pink/purple colour.
Does anybody know how to go about using these things as dye (how long to dye for, how to fix, how well it will wash etc) or any other household products (or anything I could get from the supermarket) that can be used as dye?
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