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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dying a t-shirt with foil printing? on: November 20, 2008 12:38:25 AM
so i have obtained this t-shirt from a band i enjoy quite a bit - however, it is an awful color combo - electric blue and silver foil print!  i love the silver foil print, but the blue has got to go.  i plan on dying it a more subdued color (i'll probably use black dye, but i acknowledge it may not come out jet black, i'm fine with that, just no more electric blue, aaargh.

so here's the question - is the dye going to ruin the silver foil? the shirt is brand new, so the foil is still all nice and...foil-y.  and i'd really like to have it stay that way as long as possible. i was just going to use good old rit dye, because the shirt is 100% cotton, and i figured that would be the gentlest solution for the print (also, the cheapest).

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making a curved hem on knit fabric on: November 07, 2007 11:15:55 PM
so i have a dress that's shaped like this:

i wish to reconstruct a large shirt to a similar shape (except probably minus gathering).  the biggest issue i'm running into here, is how to sew the hem on the neckline without the fabric stretching out?

here is a closeup of the example dress's neck hem:

(note: both pictures are HUUUUUUUGE, my hard drive crashed very recently so i literally have NO image editing/resizing/management programs on my computer as i am using a temporary hard drive with nothing but bare mac osx on it...)

i have a standard sewing machine, no access to a serger.

thanks!!! :]
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / spray paint = agony on: February 22, 2007 12:06:07 AM
i'm not entirely sure where to post this, as there doesn't seem to be any sort of forum for painting without stencils.  but i figured people around here might be the most knowledgable about spray paint...(if anyone has a suggestion for a better forum i'm happy to delete this thread and repost it in a different forum)

i'm trying to spray paint words on the back of a hoodie.  i want it to have sort of a graffiti look, so i'm not using a stencil.  it's only four, fairly short words ("war all the time"), because i know i can't write very small with it.  i have two colors - silver and red - that i've been practicing with on newspaper.  the red i do okay with, but the silver just produces ridiculously fat illegible lines.  i can't figure out what i'm doing wrong.  i've tried getting closer to the newspaper, farther from the newspaper, pressing less hard, everything i can really think of to make thinner lines, but i can't seem to figure it out.

help anyone?
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / two fabric dye questions... on: January 25, 2007 05:02:00 PM
the search seems to be down ("high load on server") and the google one is none too functional, so i apologize if these have been asked before.

i'm using rit dye in dark green and mauve, and the hoodie in question is an 80/20 cotton-poly blend in periwinkle blue.

a) if i dye the hoodie with the green, will it turn green-blue or just green?  i'm aiming for sort of a subdued green-blue.

b) if i spray the (now green-blue) hoodie in spots with mauve using a spray bottle and leave it on there for awhile, will it dye the fabric or just wash off when i wash it?  will it turn mauve or icky brown?  also, if this does work (and turns mauve), how long do i need to leave the dye on the fabric?  how well do i need to saturate the sprayed spots?

also, i'm planning on installing a new zipper in the hoodie, but due to the difficulty of finding a 34 or 36 inch zipper in a pastel green or blue, i'll probably just use white (if i can find that!).  will the zipper turn colors when i dye it? [if so, i'll wait to dye it until i get the zipper, because i want the zipper dyed too if it will take the dye...]

thanks :]
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Count the Stars on: February 13, 2005 01:31:49 AM
click for larger version, the pictures look funny resized.


made from a men's medium count the stars t-shirt, and some yellow and white fabric.

it took me awhile but i think i actually like it.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / No, it's not toliet paper.... on: December 17, 2004 06:05:29 PM
...as much of craftgrrl seemed to think upon seeing the first picture.  Hahah.

(click to enlarge pictures)

and then because i was no longer allowed the use of my mom's camera (which the above pictures were taken with), these are blurry because they were taken with mine, it says, "Sing like you think no one's listening" (it's from "Existentialism on Prom Night" by Straylight Run and quite possibly one of my favorite lyrics ever).  The two beads not with the rest are the ones with music notes on them.


The lyric beads are fishtank filter hex beads, which I painted, wrote on, covered with clear nail polish, and then covered liberally in clear finish spray.  The other beads are just some red and gold beads I yoinked from art class.  I tried this before in art class for the jewelry unit (sort of - I did the music notes on beads part only, and I only did three and added them to a bracelet I made which I might take pictures of later - it was green and black with spring-y beads I made out of easily bendable wire, along with the music note beads) and I guess I didn't get enough clear finish on (I didn't have any clear nail polish in art class, hahah) because they smeared all over and got ink all over my wrist, because the sweat from your wrists will do that.  So here's hoping I was thorough enough this time, I even soaked the beads in water after finishing them to get any excess ink off and make sure they wouldn't smear (they didn't).
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Shoes = clothing on: September 28, 2004 08:58:18 PM
Yeah, there's no forum for shoes, so they're close enough to clothing, right?

i painted white shoes i bought from savers (aka value village) orange.

then i put artist's tape over it.

then i painted them blue.

then i removed the tape.

buuuut the tape pulled off some of the orange.

so then i painted those parts orange again.

afterwards, i sprayed them with clear finish to keep the paint on.  yay!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I like skirts. on: August 19, 2004 02:50:25 AM
Here's a couple skirts I've made (I'm new, heh.).

Polka dots!
(oh, mirror shots.  sorry about that.)

and stripes!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A few projects...(lots of pictures!) on: August 19, 2004 02:35:13 AM
I'm new here, so this is some of the stuff I've done in the past...

Made from an old t-shirt, double fold bias tape, grommets, interfacing, and scrap fabric (it really doesn't fall off me as much as it looks, i swear!):

Made from a t-shirt I got in Disneyland when I was there with the choir (it's no longer assymetrical, it's now ruched on both sides)

Made this a year or so ago...it's from pink ribbon and an old choir t-shirt that i turned inside out so just black showed.

This one was pretty simple, but the best resizing I've done yet:

This one needs a little work, i.e. hemming...haha.

From a striped polo shirt:

Made this tonight:

From an old Tower of Terror shirt from Disneyworld:

Super simple, I just replaced the straps with ribbon that looked like measuring tape:

This was made from an XL nautica t-shirt:

Aaaaand I'm done. Smiley  These were all made over the last year, with the earliest being the pink ribbon halter and the latest being the blue one I made tonight. ^_^

(yes, I'm aware I've got a different hairstyle in almost every picture, heh.)
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