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Topic: Various Techniques for Making T-Shirts/Clothes Look & Feel Vintage  (Read 120954 times)
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« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2004 07:21:28 PM »

I am so happy I started this thread it has gotten so much response!  Yea!!  You guys have had so many ideas about getting the vintage "feel."  Do you guys have any more of the vintage "look" ideas?  That is more what I am going for... adding to my wardrobe!

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« Reply #41 on: June 16, 2004 09:17:19 PM »

it's okay...people can't always get online to see everything....a little refresher is nice sometimes.

« Reply #42 on: June 17, 2004 11:27:42 AM »


I have some experience breaking down clothing for movies and theatre, and what we do is wash, wash wash, over and over.  If you can set your machine to just keep ajitating, and leave the clothes in there for an hour or two, then things are great.  Throw a big rough towel in there to help the abrasion.

You can add rock salt, or TSP (household cleaner), that tend to eat into it a bit.

I don't think I would recommend soaking in the bleach recipes...those seem pretty strong and would probably end up weakening the fabric to the point that it would fall apart the next time you wash it.

Use sandpaper to rub at printing or decals if you want them to wear off a bit, and you can use sandpaper to gently thin the fabric, (rub in long strokes), but be very careful not to get any tiny holes in it, because they will get bigger every time you wash it.

Hanging in the sun is a great way to unevenly fade it.

IMO, i don't think you can get a vintage-y feel, without some of the old look, because you have to break down the fabric and fibres.

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« Reply #43 on: June 17, 2004 12:56:04 PM »

do you know if this really works??? my sister stole my vintage "MASH" tee and it was so comfy...and I was thinking about doing that to a few shirts that are too "new"...

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« Reply #44 on: June 17, 2004 04:40:45 PM »

I tried this a few days ago with my old light blue tee. It's still not dry yet but the bleach turned it white. It also might be because of the fact I changed the proportions. I used about 3 cups of water, 1/2 cup of salt and a little bit of bleach.
« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2004 08:15:14 PM »

 :othis is crazy lol i read about this in ym too! im kinda afraid to try it... worried about ruining a fav tee, and i really dont have the patience to wait! please post how well it turns out- i really wanna kno! oh try to post a pic if u can!

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« Reply #46 on: June 17, 2004 09:14:16 PM »

Not sure...i'm going to buy a shirt at the thrift store to test it on...i don't think the bleach is a great idea either....i would try the normal fade myself Smiley Tongue

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« Reply #47 on: June 17, 2004 10:52:20 PM »

With jeans, you can attack them w/ sandpaper, razors and cheese graters, then use some of the rock salf etc methods in here 2 fade them!
I have never done it, but it sounds like fun!

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« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2004 11:53:31 PM »

Inspired by this topic, I decided to try something out for myself. I mixed 6 c. water with 1/2 c. rock salt and just a metric glug and a half of bleach. I took a navy blue shirt and folded it from the bottom up like an accordian and secured with two rubber bands. I left the shirt to soak oustide in the bowl for 4-5 hours. When I came back, the folded-in bands were less bleached than the folded-out bands, creating a striped bleachy look (as seen on expensive jeans I've seen). The fabric was definitely thinner and drained of quite a bit of color. I was surprised that some posts were suggesting 2 days, as 4-5 hours resulted in quite a dramatic difference. I'm quite pleased with the results and glad I gave it a try. If i can get some good pictures once the shirt's completely dry, I'll post them.

P.S. What's the purpose of the rock salt? I don't find that it particularly wears anything away, as it either ionizes in the water or settles to the bottom. If anyone's got a hypothesis, the chemist here would appreciate it ^_^.

« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2004 12:20:38 AM »

I've heard that to turn bright white curtains into a dirtier ivory you soak them in tea.  Maybe you can do the same with tee shirts?

P.S.  Does anyone know where I can find some cool looking vintage/retroish tee shirts?

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