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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 / Re: Dyeing hair blue(ish) on: April 21, 2006 04:36:47 AM
Thanks for the advice ppl. I live in quite a small town so its hard to get most of the products available without going for net or mail order stuff. I went into boots and they had the L'Oreal Feria 3D one. I was thinking about using semi-permenant stuff, but I'm far too lazy to constantly be recolouring it, and my hair is shortish so it wont take too long to grow back anyway. Will let you know how much of a mess I make of it...
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing hair blue(ish) on: April 20, 2006 02:11:53 AM
I would just overdye it, but my hair is currently quite a light black, and if it went blue I would get a disciplinary at work... I'll have a look around for a suitable dye, but I'm not too confident about jumping straight into it without some idea of how it's going to turn out.  Embarrassed
4  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!)
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage on: April 18, 2006 01:56:56 PM
Just to point out I find that thin bleach is a lot weaker than thick bleach and lemon juice is not only weaker it really does need the sun to help it out.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to make stencilled Tees 'Last' on: April 13, 2006 02:15:00 PM
The type I'm using I think is the only one available locally. It sinks into the material and goes soft once its washed. I have been heat setting, maybe I'll be more thorough next time, and perhaps the leaving it for a week before washing might make a difference. Cheers for the advice, maybe its just the washing powder or something - actually could it be the line drying - the sun fading it?
7  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
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can You Tie Dye Camouflage Patterns? on: April 08, 2006 09:51:25 AM
Sorry, I was thinking more like this sort of dying, but with more than one colour/ tone

Here are some jeans with a similar effect:
9  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...
10  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....
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