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51  Re: *Sweat Shop Swap round 3* sign ups=now to Aug 11th (send Aug 24th) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by skarinja on: August 10, 2006 07:49:38 PM
I'm making 5 Soul Meets Body tee shirts. They are 3/4 handpainted, 1/4 screen printed and take approximately 2 hours each. I paint on American Apparel shirts. Each tee shirt is unique and one of a kind so there will be a variety of color schemes. If it's cool with the organizer, you can PM me now or later (the sooner the better, I'm going away the 16th) with size color preferences.. If I end up getting you as one of my five, it'll make it easier for me to get to work.

Here are some various examples of the shirt design. One example is on a hoody just to show color variations.

You can also check out my company's website at www.cellardoorapparel.com. It's not entirely finished yet, but it's almost there.

I can't wait! This looks like an awesome swap.
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52  Painted and sewn tee shirts [IMG HEAVY] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: July 05, 2006 07:28:32 AM
I just made a couple of new shirts for a photo shoot my friends and I (our "company") did on Sunday. Tell me what you think. It's easy to make, but it still looks cute as hell (in my opinion). Please give me your thoughts!

Since you all seem very curious! All of the painted shirts below were made with Polymark http://www.munrocrafts.com/Polymark.html fabric paint. It is available for anywhere between $0.50 and $1.00 and is in a small container with a nozzle. No paintbrushes were used. The paint is generally available at Rag Shop or Michael's (on the east coast of US at least). Other alternatives for paint are Scribble paint and Tulip paint.

And a couple old ones, but slightly modified. "Save the turtles" and "Save the dinos" becomes "Save the whales"

Last but not least, my favorite shirts of all time. Scribble shirts. I've posted one here before, but they're all different so oh well, I'm posting again.

Thanks guys! Let me know what you think.  Cheesy
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53  Re: Bleaching Jeans?! Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by skarinja on: May 27, 2006 08:46:38 PM
Great! After i do that is there anyway i can lighten certain parts to give it that worn in faded look?

 Afterwards, you can put them on and then kind of just spread a light layer where it should be faded like around the creases. For example, where it wrinkles on your upper thighs and under your butt and stuff. On the other hand though, you probably won't have to because when you bleach stuff it weakens the strength of the fiber therefore already kind of giving the jeans a much more worn in look. Another way to make them look worn in is to give the old cheese grater some use. Take off your jeans, put a book or magazine inside and then use a cheese grater to roughen them up a bit. This often leads to ripping so don't do that if you don't want rips. Also, my fav way to vintage-ize jeans is to take an xacto knife or a razor and make small random slices along the top band and, pocket tops, and belt loops. (See the pic below.) Then take a cheese grater, rough it up and you'll have extremely vintage looking pants. By slicing before grating, the grater already has something to like pull away it. I love this look

Good luck with your jeans!
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54  Hand-painted shirts [IMAGE HEAVY] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by skarinja on: May 21, 2006 01:29:57 PM
My two friends and I made all of the below using typical fabric paint and American Apparel clothing.

My real purpose in posting is to find out what we should make the most of! Let me know your favorite colors, styles, designs, anything! Also, let me know what you dislike. All input is appreciated.  Smiley

All rips in jeans are made with x-acto knives and cheese graters.

Please comment and let me know what you think!
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55  What's the point of a prom dress if you get uninvited... ( in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: May 17, 2006 08:28:19 PM
The subject says it all. I spent hours and hours making this prom dress (and by that, I mean hours painting it and like minutes sewing it)......

and was then uninvited to prom (prom is this Saturday.)

I'm not going to bore you guys with the story, but yeah, I'm not in the best mood now. So, I don't have the motivation to bother hemming it or fixing the straps or sewing in little messed up pieces because, what's the point now? Oh well.. stuff happens and boys really do suck.

So this dress is painted chiffon (entirely inspired by and credited to IamTheShelbster). I bought approximately 5 yards of chiffon, painted it on a clothes line in my basement (after I remembered that wind existed when my painted fabric smacked me in the face). I used a tupperware container of water and like a 4 second squirt of paint. I did 2 coats. I did small stripes on one part, large stripes on the other and blended all the way. The lining is thin cotton white muslin.

This is the fabric laid out after the paint job.

This is the fabric squished up after the paint job.

I used pattern M5094 by McCall's but improvised a lot of it because the fabric it calls for isn't transparent (and I've never sewn with transparent fabric, so I made that up too.) It turned out well.. The directions aren't necessary. All you need are the cut outs. My first zipper, second sewing project, and first disinvitation. Haha...

Comments, criticism or questions are greatly appreciated. I loved making this dress. The painting was fun, the sewing was easy and quick.
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56  Prom dresses these days are boring... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by skarinja on: March 28, 2006 03:19:28 PM
So, I made my own.

It was based on a dress from Victorianmaiden.com .. I started with a basic tube top dress pattern from McCalls to get the bust fitting right and then altered the pattern for a much bigger skirt and a slightly larger back so that a zipper was unneccessary and I could fit in it with just the corset. The bottom is lacy and then gathered with a bow but it's hard to see in the pics ... sorrrrrrry. The underskirt consists of a normal slip with a giant piece of toule sewn on top. We sewed the toule, then pulled the thread to gather it and make it extremely poofy. Halfway down from the toule we sewed beige muslin so the toule wasn't visible.

This was my first attempt at ever sewing basically. My friend helped a lot but I think it was very successful.
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