If youve been inspired to customize your own clothes and dont know where to start, here are some ideas:
1. The thrift store is your best friend. Youd be surprised by all the amazing things you can find there. I recently got a beautiful jacket with a corset backing for just five dollars.
2. Screen printing is a great way to put your own designs on clothes. If youre feeling ambitious, check out this video tutorial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_8IM…
youre like me and prefer an easier, quicker approach, Id recommend this video tutorial. (This is the method I use.) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SyuY4…
3. Id recommend fabric paint over acrylic if you can afford it. It cost just a little bit more but it lasts much longer. Bleach is also great if you know how to use it. Heres a bleaching tutorial www.youtube.com/watch?v=nStJHZ…
4. Studs, spikes and eyelets make great accents. You can find eyelets at most craft stores. Studs and spikes are generally harder to find. If you cant find them at stores, you can take the studs off of old belts and wrist bands and re-use them or order them online. If you live in the Bay Area, Id recommend checking out a store called Cheap Thrills. (Studs can also be replaced with decorative brads and beads. You can find both at most craft stores.) Heres a video tutorial for putting on studs: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1Sgkx…
5. Snap tape and grommet tape are also both great. Theyre easier to apply than snaps and eyelets. (You just sew the tape on and youre done.) It also looks cool even if its just for decoration.
6. If you dont know how to sew, you can use fabric glue to apply patches. Its pretty straightforward but this tutorial is very helpful anyway. www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbJifo…
7. Other things you can add include zippers, chains, buttons, patches, and iron-ons. Heres a tutorial for making a zipper-chain shirt www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8AWCu…
and another for applying iron-ons. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8AWCu…
8. Save all your scraps. You never know when you might want to use them.
9. Hem patches before sewing them on. I know that doesnt sound very punk but it keeps the patch from unraveling.
10. If you dont think normal thread will be enough, you can use dental floss or embroidery thread. Dental floss is a punk rock classic but embroidery thread is super cheap and comes in a bunch of different colors.
11. Dont be afraid to get ideas from other people. Ripping them off isnt cool but theres nothing wrong with sharing ideas.
12. Contrary to popular belief, its perfectly okay if it looks like crap.
13. Art is dead, long live vandalism.
Some helpful DIY websites:
ThreadBanger: This is probably the most well-known DIY site. It has patterns, tutorials and more. www.youtube.com/watch?v=nStJHZ…
Punk Rock Domestics: A forum for crafty punk fans. Check out the fashion section for tutorials and features www.punkrockdomestics.com
Stencil Punks: Another overly touted site but if you want to make stencils but dont know where to start, this is a great place. www.stencilpunks.mattrunningnaked.com
Antimony and Lace: This is more goth than punk but there are some excellent tutorials and links gothfashion.info/
Lolita Handbook: For the more loli-inclined. There are fashion tips, great pictures and a few tutorials. (I personally found their lace tutorial incredibly helpful.) lolita-handbook.livejournal.co…
Some youtube users who make great tutorials:
Threadbanger (see above)
EverydayHardcore (these guys also have a cooking series called Ramen Round the World. Its brilliant.)
Thats all for now, guys. If youve made anything you want to share, feel free to send me a link. Id love to see it.
Thanks so much for reading! Keep on rocking!