Thursday, August 26, 2010

suite 200 on forest hill

So what have I been doing the last week or so that prevented me from blogging? Well, frankly, extremely glamorous things like mopping around the house avoiding the heat, eating unimaginable amounts of carbs and sleeping in late causing permanent bedhead.

But between my obviously busy schedule, I've managed to make a couple of treks downtown and to my local mall to rummage through some vintage clothing stores (bought nothing), get some back to school clothes and wax my bushy brows (hurt like a b***ch!).

Did I mention that I've spent so much time working at the pool that my hair has been bleached a different colour? Old friends that I havn't seen in awhile have asked me whether I've dyed it or not. Gr, will have to dye it pitch black before school, which is quite ridiculous as I would only be dying it back to its original colour!

I'm also thinking of cutting my hair short. Like, BOY short. Think Agyness Deyn. I know I know, but I've painfully bored with long hair and maintaining it just takes up too much time. I've been with this short hair idea for a long time now, should I get it cut? Leave comments below!

Gonna go now before anyone realises that I'm only posting a crazy long post to hide the fact that I don't have any new pics to post.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

night after ten hours of guarding....

So a quick update on the previous post, of the DIY braided shirt. This is just simply how it looks like when worn. Sorry, I will return with a longer and much better post soon, but as the post title says: I've been working for basically the whole day. So, extremely tired right now. See you guys soon!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

DIY Braided Shirt

Just the other day I came across a youtube video (here) that taught you how to make a ripped braiding effect on your t-shirts. Now, I have an abundance of musty old t-shirts murking around the back of my closet and stuff into the bottomless depths of my drawers. So I thought I might as well try and revamp some of them with this braiding technique, and was very pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. You gotta go to read to the very end to see the results! Here goes:
You will need: Tshirt, sharp kitchen knife, scissors, pen, string&needle and a ruler.
Find any old t-shirt that you wouldn't mind screwing up, place it flat on a flat surface. Front or back depends on where you want the braid to be on. Lay a ruler horizontally/diagonally/vertically, whatever you like, on the tshirt and draw out a line.
Draw out inch increments along the line.
This is what it should look like after you're done.
Now draw out two-three inch increments in between the on inch increments.
This is what it should look like when you're done
Like so.
If you have really sharp scissors, then go ahead and use those to poke holes on the top of the lines. I didn't so I used a sharp kitchen knife instead to poke holes on the top of the increments. I poked the holes because it is so much easier to slip scissors into the holes and begin cutting.
Cut along the lines! (Reminds you of kindergarten doesn't it? Happier times....ahaha)
The shirt should look like this after you've cut them up. Rather skeletal isn't it?
Close up!
Now to begin braiding: loop the second increment into and out of the first increment.
Then loop the third increment into and out of the second increment.
So on and so forth.... This part of the braiding process is extremely hard to explain and I'm afraid I've explained it in vain. So I strongly suggest you go see the video to be sure.
This is what the braids should look like. Resembles more of a ladder at this point though....
I love close ups!
Now, using a string that is close to the colour of your shirt (or something compatible), string it into the eye of the needle and tie the ends together.
Loop the last increment onto the end of the braid. Hold it in place with two fingers like so ^.
Sew together! I think I did a cross stitch on this, but you don't have to do any fancy needlework. As long as it keeps the braid in place, it's good enough. Anyways, nobody's gonna go that close and inspect your craftsmanship.
Finished product!
I absolutely love the way it looks and the way it resembles a winding, diagonal spine running down my shirt! And the rips along the braided "spine" shows tons of skin, so that doesn't hurt either ;)

That's it, you're done! Simple right? You guys should definitely try this out, especially since it's so much more creative than just slashing your tshirts to make it looked ripped.

I will be wearing this shirt out, very soon, so I'll update and show you guys how it looks when it's worn!


P.S- Sorry for the darkness of the photos, I literally made this in the dark before midnight, with only a dying lamp and the flash on my camera to help me see.