If you love those broken-in, vintage concert t-shirts, you don’t have to scour a thrift store to get one! Here’s a s
Courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine, and Miyong Noh, who ages clothing for designers like Calvin Klein.
· Step #1: Make the mix. Take one-fourth of a cup of sodium carbonate washing soda – you can find it in your local grocery store – and mix it with 2 cups of salt. This’ll make the shirt look ‘old.’ And make sure you’re using a shirt that’s at least one size too big – the salt will shrink it considerably.
· Step #2: Wash the shirt. Throw the shirt into the wash, and set the machine to the highest temperature possible. Noh says the heat will weaken the shirt’s fibers, which’ll give it that ‘vintage look.’ After the water has risen above your shirt, dump in the salt-washing soda mixture, along with your normal detergent. Then, wash the shirt as you normally would. When it’s done, dry the shirt on high heat. Then, repeat the washing and drying process – including the salt mixture - 3 to 5 more times, depending on how ‘old’ you want it to look
· And the final step for creating your own vintage t-shirt: Brush the logo. Gently brush the shirt’s logo with a fine piece of sandpaper, using circular strokes. A lot of logos won’t wear down during the washing process, so this’ll make it look ‘vintage-y,’ just like the rest of the tee.
So to review: If you want to make your own vintage t-shirt, mix salt with sodium carbonate washing soda, run the t-shirt and the mix through your washing machine 3 to 5 times on high heat, and brush the logo with sandpaper. Voila! You’ll look straight out of the 1970’s!