about to get into the whole process of altering clothing - tapering, hemming, the whole shebang. maybe even making some of my own
anything a novice should know before he starts fucking his shit up? what are some of the basics?
also general diy thread
start with old clothes that you wont regret on fucking up, like an old pair of baggy jeans to practice tapering and hemming, same with old shirts and t-shirts
for the garment making you´ll need to buy some sort of book to get into some system to make patterns or you can copy the patterns from old clothes by deconstructing and marking each pattern into paper and the you can use those paper patterns to make more garments like the one you copied
take some classes for basic sewing, trust me itll help big time, i was altering my clothes for almost a year before i took a legit class and realized how horribly i was fucking my shit up, and now i an actually make decent wearable articles
IMO is better to sew first, then try them on, then adjust, preferably all the way trough so it looks more uniform and you dont get weak seam tips where the seam can start ripping, after you´re happy with the fit you cut the excess fabric and if you feel like it you add a bias binding to givee more structure and resistance
well yeah, you can make whole garments by hand but it will be very labour intennsive, one single stitching that usually takes yyou like a minute to do in a sewing machine will take you half an hour by hand, also theres the chance that you dont get the proper thread tension thus making weak seams
investing in a sewing machine is a very good idea, many modern domestic sewing machines are rather cheap and have a lot of functions, like multiple stitching tchniques and even the function to sew buttons
I got this patterned wool sweater, but it's too high contrast for my taste and would like to darken it using black dye. Is it possible to 'layer' the dye so the pattern is still visible and the sweater isn't completely black?
Also, does softening the wool with conditioner really help?
pic related is a similar kind of sweater (the colors of mine are a bit more muted tho)
Made a first sample for my sweatpants. The topstitching at the waist hem is a bit rough, as I didn't stretch it enough in the beginning, and I don't like how the pants make my hips look wider than they are. But that's the risk of a strong taper.
I got the pattern from the spring edition of La Maison Victor btw. The material is a sweater knit, so it's very soft on the inside.
I was tricked into buying this parka and it's 80% cotton, 10% polyester, 10% autism.
Can I dye it black? I literally have no previous experience in this field and would appreciate any advice. It's a nice jacket, but I don't think I'll be hiding in a tree line anytime soon.
Currently sitting here with two bottles of RIT ready to throw this bitch in the washing machine.
Here's the catch, I've also got a bottle of bleach sitting next to me as well.
Should I try bleaching the jacket first? Or go ahead with round 1 of dye, see what the result is, and go from there?
Drink the bleach and use the Rit! I don't know about bleaching. I feel like it might remove the pattern (maybe that's what you want) but I'd be worried about damaging the integrity of the jacket
a perfect pour, everytime
ps i don't know why these are all sideways, they're the right orientation in the folder I have them in
i once had a pair of shorts that i wanted to bleach white. i put them in a bucket of bleach water and left it for a few hours, when i got back they cloth was literally falling apart, like it was being dissolved