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« Reply #200 on: February 15, 2009 02:51:08 PM »

I used to dip paper into tea to give it an antique look. It should work with plain white fabric too.
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« Reply #201 on: April 18, 2009 06:26:16 PM »

is there a way to make a new shirt or "thick" for that matter.. like the paper thing vintage style most thrift store shirts are..

obviously i know its years of repetitive washing and abuse. but i just always enjoyed the feel of that paper thin vintage feel.. and was wondering if there are any cool d.i.y. techniques on how to make them so.

« Reply #202 on: April 21, 2009 01:27:49 PM »

I just skipped to the last page because last time I read a thread that was more than 10 pages, it took two days to get through it Tongue

Well, I pondered and pondered about how to make a newish shirt more vintage-feeling (thin and worn). The only thing I can think of that would be REALLY effective is to get a rock tumbler, put some river-pebbles and water in there with the shirt and leave it to spin for 2 days. Cuz like, you can't put rocks in your dryer Tongue

Another method would be to go buy some second-hand sneakers/running shoes, wash them in the washing machine to get em nice and clean (cuz you're not gonna wear these, right?), then toss your shirt in the wash with them. Then toss them in the dryer with the shoes and some tennis balls. Then back into the washer with the shoes. Then back into the dryer with the shoes and balls. Etc, etc.

I honestly think the rock tumbler would be WAY more effective, though.

« Reply #203 on: August 01, 2009 06:28:25 AM »

Thanks for the replies.  The process definitely involves bleach, and salt water sounds promising as well.  And yes, you need a cotton-poly blend.  I discovered that when I looked at the tags of all my most comfy vintage tees--they're all 50/50 rather than 100% cotton.  So I've got a bunch of blank 50/50s, now I just need to figure out how to scorch/bleach the cotton fibers, I guess... I searched for the Style Network piece but their website is garbage...

Guess I'll just have to do some experimenting!

What about enzyme wash or stone wash that really makes the product look really vintage and old look effect
« Reply #204 on: November 13, 2009 02:26:56 AM »

I haven't cracked the way of making a T really feel old BUT I bought  brilliant Paint Me 35% cotton/65% polyester T's in the USA in summer and have been printing them using Paint Me paints. These are sold in Paint Your Own pottery studios in the states. Apparently they are in the UK too but I haven't seen them here. The Ts are very soft and quite thin.I think the polyester content helps give them a really nice hang. Paint Me paints  fab fabric paints which you paint onto paper and then transfer to the T-shirt using an iron. Because you paint on the paper first you  can get just the look you want before you print. You can do really washed out designs by diluting the paints and, even better, you can print the same design twice or three time and each time it gets a more faded, vintage look. The paint instructions say you can use the paints on any polyester fabric or polyester mix. I've used them to decorate bags too.
« Reply #205 on: September 18, 2010 09:44:57 PM »

I need to make a men's dress shirt look well-worn. You know how they sit on a person when they have been worn so much that they have turned super-soft and comfortable?

I can't seem to find anything beyond making a brand-new shirt slightly more comfortable, and I don't think that advice of "spray it with water and then put it in the dryer" will quite do it for me. Not to mention I have to pay 1.65 each time I use the dryer so I don't just want to do it until it works Tongue

Some of my ideas involve soaking it in something like white vinegar, or sanding it with a super-fine sanding paper, are those maybe things that will work?
« Reply #206 on: September 20, 2010 10:57:47 AM »

The sanding paper will work.  It will also manage to make your super-soft, comfortable shirt have a very short life span.

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« Reply #207 on: September 22, 2010 08:20:52 AM »

Yeah I figured. That was why I was looking for better advice, but it is my plan for if I cannot find any other way. It is a thrifted shirt and won't be needed a whole lot, so it probably isn't that big of a deal.
« Reply #208 on: September 22, 2010 10:01:20 AM »

Anything you do to that effect will debilitate the fibers of your garment.  But if it is not an issue, try bleach (the one for colours if it isn't a white shirt); leave the shirt in a mixture of water and bleach for a couple of days and see.

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« Reply #209 on: January 26, 2011 11:09:43 AM »

1. For jeans, the girl who posted to use a razor blade is correct, razor blades work great.  You can slice the bottom of hem in different places so it ravels when you wash it also and make little slices on the corners of the back pockets.  Those little details help jeans look vintage.  Don't know about the 50/50, salt, bleach or any of those methods.
2.  Tshirt:  Off the shoulder is very 80's -- think Flashdance (1983)!  Here is what you do: 1) iron the t-shirt really well; 2) lay it on a flat surface; 3) cut off the edge of each sleeve just about the hem stitching so that you have a raw edge; 3) cut out around the neck band.  I recommend starting just below it, under the stitching because you can always make it bigger, but can't go back if you do too much.  4) try it on.  If the neck isn't scooped enough, take it off and widen the neck by cutting more. Try it on every time after you cut until you get where you want to be. 

Hope this helps.
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