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lizstaley
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« on: July 03, 2007 04:41:17 PM »

Someone save me from the armwarmer addiction!

Okay, first of all, there's this shirt:

Which, as you can see from the photo, is an awesome shirt. However, I've had it for forever and I'd lost it for a little while. When I found it again (it was beside the washer), it had some Bleach damage on it. And had a few holes in the back near the bottom. So, I held on to it...


Better view of the discoloration...

Well, I was reading about doing Bleach designs on shirts, and thought, "Hey! I could do that! And then it would make the discoloration around the design invisible! So I did, and then I hacked it up and made these:




Abstract diluted bleach splattering (it made the blue turn pink, which is kind of cute, but didn't harm the dragon!), plus black thread and sewing machine = Awesome armwarmers that are one of a kind!

The second one is a little different. Take this thermal shirt:


I LOVE the front of this shirt, and I love the thermal material. Love it. Would wear it ALL the time in the winter if I could. It's warm, it's snuggly, it's just tight enough to be unfrumpy. There's one problem though..

I've always hated the sleeves. For one thing, I'm not fond of the design. For another thing, long sleeves bug me (which is why I make armwarmers!)-- I always end up with my sleeves pushed up to my elbows if I wear long sleeves, and they still drive me absolutely bonkers! So, I said bye-bye to the sleeves on my lovely thermal shirt...




And made super-long thermal armwarmers! I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the rest of the shirt. I've though about taking red sleeves out of something else and attaching them, and maybe a hood? Dunno yet. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007 04:50:29 PM »

I think they're pretty cool!  Good job!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007 06:00:01 PM »

Hey nice job, the second pair are my favorites!
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007 08:29:28 PM »

these are cute, but i'm wondering how exactly you did the bleaching.
the blue looks darker on the armwarmers, or is that just the lighting?
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007 08:22:48 AM »

urban_albino: Thanks!

shayneblate08: Thank you! They are REALLY warm-- I almost died taking photos of them outside since it's about 2382873 degrees here.

xfoxglove: I think it's just the lighting. The photos I took of the shirt all together were inside. The shirt is kind of a cornflower blue almost? Maybe a little darker?

As for the bleaching, I took two tablespoons water and two tablspoons Clorox, mixed them together in a container I wasn't going to use for eating anything (I'm paranoid about Bleach apparently). I laid the fabric pieces in a cardboard box and took a large, old paintbrush, dipped it in the bleach mixture and then just swung with semi-wild abandon. I also used the brush to try to make some hearts and stars on the fabric, but I probably should've used a smaller brush for that, really. Smiley They sort of bled everywhere..
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