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phoquess
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2009 01:43:47 PM »

What a clever idea! That looks great! I do agree that the second one looks a bit better faded, though.
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cloverfire
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2009 07:16:27 PM »

This is such a great idea, I especially love that you sewed objects into it too. Might be fun to make a bunch of small pockets...hmm

*runs off to find some scraps*
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LetterGhost
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2009 02:35:35 AM »

those are absolutely gorgeous, I can't stop staring at the pictures... so much detail!
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« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2009 04:17:16 AM »

this is true awesome right there! great job! i agree that this does rock!
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2009 05:30:28 AM »

I love 'em! I made a coat with partial scrap covering, and it was sooo fun and addictive. Are you a fan of gibbous fashions? (Look 'em up if you haven't seen them-- I think you'll dig it.) One question, though-- did you use a pattern for the vest? I've been wanting to make myself a vest or two, but can't find a pattern that I know I like. The shape of yours is fantastic.

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« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2009 06:37:33 AM »

Thats a great way of using scraps. Brilliant.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2009 09:13:08 AM »

Wow, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!! Smiley

I love 'em! I made a coat with partial scrap covering, and it was sooo fun and addictive. Are you a fan of gibbous fashions? (Look 'em up if you haven't seen them-- I think you'll dig it.) One question, though-- did you use a pattern for the vest? I've been wanting to make myself a vest or two, but can't find a pattern that I know I like. The shape of yours is fantastic.

Thanks! And you're right, it's very addictive! I found your post with the coat, and it's gorgeous!! I've been thinking if I make another vest it'll be with fewer scraps, just to see how that turns it out. I am a big fan of Gibbous! Their clothing is absolutely phenomenal.

I sort of made the pattern up for the first vest, and it involved some last-minute shaping and darts once I'd already sewn on most of the scraps. For the second one I simply cut up an old tanktop for the base, and had to alter that quite a bit, too. The fabric changes a lot once it has all the scraps sewn on, and I ended up being really surprised sometimes at how the fit would turn out. Again, more darts for correction. Tongue I could possibly do a tutorial on the vest itself if someone would like it, but it might take a week or so.
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« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2009 10:25:19 AM »

I love these!   Grin
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« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2009 12:19:57 PM »

those look amazing with just the basic long sleeved shirt. Maybe you could change the look of the last vest by dying it with tea? I dunno if that works on making things fade though. Maybe you could also just leave it out in direct sun for a while (i'm sure that'll fade it, I just don't know to the extent)
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« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2009 12:41:28 PM »

The fabric changes a lot once it has all the scraps sewn on, and I ended up being really surprised sometimes at how the fit would turn out. Again, more darts for correction.

Indeed! When I made my scrap-happy scoodie ("Merlin's Hooded Scraf"), I had to add tons more bits to compensate for how it shrinks the fabric. And thanks for the compliment on the coat! My only complaint with that is that since the coat is canvas, it's extremely stiff. Good for.. oh, something rugged, I'd imagine, but who wants to take a 5+ hour project out in the woods?

Re: aging them... Some ideas (I do some steampunk costuming, so I'm all about making things look old): dyeing with tea is good, but will only work on the light fabrics. You can also sand the fabric with sandpaper or even a brillo pad to weather it. Leaving it out in the sun would also probably work, maybe after spritzing it with lemon juice? A very mild bleach/water mix may also be interesting. I love faded patchwork, be it "authentic" or not.

Again, good job with the vests. They're all the more impressive for having been free-handed.
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