Thursday, 3 April 2014

DIY: Vintage Style

Now I know everyone loves the vintage look, me included.  But vintage comes at a price.  So here's a little Do It Yourself guide on how you can make your new T-shirt look old!! If that makes sense! 




What you need to fabricate a vintage T-shirt: 1/4 cup sodium carbonate washing soda + 2 cups salt + 1 pack fine-grit sandpaper + 1 new T-shirt

Step 1: Make Your Mix
To create a vintage T-shirt, start by mixing together the washing soda and salt. The salt acts as an abrasive, making the shirt look older. The alkaline washing soda breaks down the new shirt's built-in coating that keeps it stiff, crisp, and . . . well, new. Start with one size larger than you wear; it will shrink considerably.

Step 2: Do The Wash
Throw the shirt into the washing machine with a towel or with other shirts you're trying to age. Set the machine on the highest temperature. The heat weakens the fibers. After the water has risen past the top of the load, dump in the soda/salt mixture and your usual detergent. After it's done, dry the shirt on high heat. Then mix up another, smaller batch of soda and salt, and repeat the whole cycle three to five times, drying on high heat after each wash.

Step 3: Brush It Off
Now for that pesky logo. Here's where some elbow grease comes in. Using fine sandpaper, lightly swipe at the logo using circular but irregular strokes.
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