Sunday, August 18, 2013

Vintage-ize a t-shirt?

If you Google or Pinterest search how to brine a t-shirt or give a shirt a vintage or worn-in feel, you'll find thousands of recipes. This has been something I've wanted to try for a long time. Then I did. And I wasn't impressed.


I followed the basic steps after first picking out which shirt I wanted to, in my terms "soften" and I got down to it!


1. Combine the salt and water.


2. Wad up the shirt and put it in the salt water mixture.


3. Let the shirt brine for 3 days.


4. Remove from mixture, wash and dry like normal.

Like I said, I wasn't impressed. My shirt felt the same, not softer, not more vintage-like. Nothing different. Soon I'm hoping to try this recipe from Men's Health. It calls for a couple different ingredients and steps, so I'm hoping for the best!

But just for fun, I thought I'd share this chart with you. Apparently, this is something most people learn in elementary school. I must have missed this day because I had never seen this before a friend of mine taught it to me. I needed it because I only had cup/ounce measuring tools and this recipe called for a quart.


You can see that 2 cups are in a pint, 2 pints are in a quart and 4 quarts are in a gallon. So for 1 quart of water, I needed 4 cups! Ha! Does everyone know about this nifty diagram?

Happy brining! (if you can find a process that works for you)

5 comments:

  1. Why don't you throw the shirt back into the dirty laundry after you get it out of the dryer? Then wash it again. Repeat. Times twenty. :)

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  2. That's the natural way to get a worn in look, but this method is supposed to accelerate the process... Ya know? I'm disappointed.

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  3. I'm making that chart! Thanks! Finally putting my graphic design degree to good use!

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  4. Hey thanks for this post! I tried this recently and can backup your experience that it does not work at all. Did you end up trying the Men's Health recipe?

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