How To Distress A Shirt

Discussion in 'Workshop - DIY - Do It Yourself' started by Ashley, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Ashley

    Ashley New Member

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    Hi! I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to distress a t-shirt. I have some that I want to make look old and a lot more worn in. Any ideas besides washing them a lot? Thank you!
     
  2. AlexN

    AlexN New Member

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    Gently run over it with a car or truck.
     
  3. Meg

    Meg inspired contemplation

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    to distress sleeves or hems I use a sandpaper (well I actually used a foot paddle that is used for sloughing dead skin) and rubbed it gently on the hems until they started to tear and I got them where I wanted them
     
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    Tushka_BeLLa New Member

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    How do you get that soft vintage wash feel to a tee?
     
  5. fourboltmain

    fourboltmain More Old Skool Than You

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    Let me get it for a few days. I take my clothes to the junkyards and they come out so legit. Nothing says legitimate patina like transmission fluid. I'm kind of patch working my destroyed jeans into Franken-jeans now using pieces of old t-shirts as well. Just wear them a lot, over wash them, get some cigarette burns, etc.
     
  6. gius

    gius Active Member

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    should ask someone who works in film and theatre /costumes :wink:

    i had to do this in my courses
    sandpaper is wonderful because it's not too severe right away and you have a lot more control

    we also paint it to look old
    there are patinas in dyes and paints
     

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