Friday, October 31, 2008

Im Shredded, Actually The DIY Is. Rather, Im Shredding

Happy, Halloween! You guys all know about this DIY. Childhood flames did it, Something Picasso, Tangg in the City, you name someone, the bloggers have done it. Except for maybe...cough cough.. The Clothes Horse. Instead she does an awesome shirt/zipper diy that Im wanting to do as well. I think I might have caught the DIY bug or something (Im actually sick right now, but thats beside the point), I just want to do EVERYTHING! Which I think is a good thing for my mom, cause I think she's sick of buying me stuff. Ok, done rambling. Promise. Anyway, so yes, I finally did the shredded, DIY, $500 wanna-be, Raquel Allegra inspired plain white tee. And Im here to share with you what I did. So, in other words, TUTORIAL TIME!
BTW, Im coining this DIY as the Raquel Shred Shirt. Wanna know why? Cause Im sick of calling it DIY 500 dollar wannabe, childhood flames did it, etc.

What youll need:
-seam ripper
-plain white tee
-scissors (or, if your like Wolverine you can use your nails)
-soooo much time (think about it. twice)
Lets get started:
Take your scissors and cut off the hem of the shirt, the slightly thicker strip along the bottom of your tee. Youll have a long band, or a cut up band, when youve cut it all off.
(see second picture below)
You can use the band for a very stylish bracelet, or throw it out in the trash with the vintage duds you bought at goodwill and realized were incredibly tacky.
Stretch the shirt a bit (this will help in getting the thread loose.) Take the seam ripper and locate the bottom of the tee. Start pulling at the threads that are horizantal. If you break a few, that is okay. I probably have broken 1349287342 threads in my tshirt. But I say that adds character, so youre okay. Youll find that the threads are all connected, and the more your pull (without breaking), the longer your thread is running horizantally, the bigger your shredded section will be.
When youve got the length of thread to be the size youd like, take the thread right beneath it (still woven into the tshirt), and do the same thing. Pull the thread to be as long as the thread above it. Repeat. Keep going up until the section is as tall as you want it to be.
Recomendation: I seriously think that you should stretch the shirt often. It makes the threads easier to get out without breaking. Seriously. Itll make your DIY just. that. easier.
Repeat until you have the desired amount of sections and tallness. Youre done!
Now tell me, that wasn't so hard, right? (Basic sarcasm embedded into last sentence. It took me 3o minutes to get the first section started. Yes. I mean to get the first thread not to break in order to start the column upwards.)Photobucket
I still havent finished mine, oh well. Ill post pictures asap, though I think you already knew that.


copperoranges said...

i want to do this diy over holiday break. i like the results a lot!

Lisa said...

hi beautiful!

i am amazed everytime i see this.

it looks like it takes foever.

you must show the finished product.

have a wonderful day & eat heaps of mini-candy for me!!!


MR style said...

it's so lame that they dont celebrate Halloween in Paris

Mimi said...

It's beautiful but unfortunately didn't work with me when I tried it last week.maybe i should do again.

Dana (MODAna) said...

I'd love to do this
but I don't have the patience

Nay'Chelle said...

Trying the camille shredded thing I see? I wish I had your patience, it looks really good.

aimée said...

that is cool, no really. i'm going to get some wolverine fingers haha.

Nature Grafitti said...

love what it looks like so far... can't wait to see the finished product!! ;)

p.s- happy halloween!! i made you a gift:

The Clothes Horse said...

Great DIY. I'm very excited to see the finished product.
P.S. They don't celebrate Halloween in Greece.

Juliet said...

I guess I should put my weekend into that.

juliet xxx

♥ fashion chalet said...

Thank you. :)

Ohh that looks fun, but I'm afraid I'd mess it up. Can't wait to see the outcome..

♥/ fashion chalet

DaisyChain said...

As soon as I get some time I'm trying this!

J. said...

so cute, but so complicated! hope you have the patience - i'm sure it'll come out great :)

this wheel's on fire said...

i need to try that!!

DIANAB. said...

i'm doing this same project! and gah! it takes so darn long.

love your blog :)

enterrement de vie de jeune fille said...

quel travail!!!!!

Oliver said...

This will not truly have success, I consider so.
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