Introduction: Duct Tape Clothing
Everyone has heard of duct tape wallets. Some people make pursed, tote bags, even tuxedos! I found a really simple method for making duct tape clothing. I was going to use it to make s duct tape coat, but i don't have a job. So I couldn't afford a lot of duct tape (Don't criticize me for being unemployed. I'm 16 in a town with a crappy economy.). So it turned out as a vest. Still awesome though.
This would make a great Halloween costume as By the way. It's not that scary, but "Duct-Tape Man" would be awesome!
Step 1: The Fabric
My technique is simple. Make a crap-load of duct tape "fabric", cut it out according to a pattern, and tape it together. It works quite well, but I ran out of tape before I could make enough for the sleeves. So I now have a duct tape vest. Still awesome though.
The easiest way to make this fabric is to first make a wooden frame. It has to be at least big enough to fit the biggest piece of the pattern you've chosen. My frame could have been better. When you have this frame, put duct tape across it over and over again until you have a sheet. After that, turn it over and repeat. It takes a while, and you'll need a few, but it is still an efficient method to make the fabric.
Step 2: The Pattern/Cutting
Now you need a pattern. If you don't have one, do what I did and cut up an old shirt. Make sure it's on you won't wear again for obvious reasons. Once you have a pattern/mutilated shirt to work with, trace it onto the duct tape and cut it out.
Step 3: "Sewing"
Duct tape sewing is a lot easier than regular sewing. It's also manlier! Not that I'm sexist (I actually have to sew parts of my girlfriends Halloween costume for her. I'm a bit metro aside from my obsession with explosives and firearms.) but it's true. This is like redneck sewing! It's very simple. Just tape together the sides of the pattern that are supposed to be sewn. It's a good idea to "sew" on the inside and outside of the edge.
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