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Swingin' Utters A crust punk battle vest.

Mattcrum
Wed, 14/09/2022 - 03:03

This is a punk vest I have been working on for about a year. I added a hood and some fabric from a hoodie I found in my apartment. Most of the studs and spikes are from second hand ebay auctions. I added some natural canvas on the inside to provide support for the 1 inch pyramid studs. I plan on adding more as the time passes and hope to wear it out. I have had a problem with always selling my clothing projects on ebay before they are done. Then I went threw a period of throwing all my projects away after spending much time because I didn't want to accidentally sell them again. I've made lots of mistakes in the past with sewing too thick, repeating identical patches on the same project multiple times, making projects too heavy with metal gear to the point that they are painfull to wear for a night's rock show, spray painting the studs and then removing them to reveal a colorful design and probably others too. I have been hand stitching since high school and my first project was a Jansport backpack of which I sewed a flaming Harly Davidson patch, a cloth Vandals patch that I ordered from their record company that my friend Mario had in sophomore year health class that costed 5 bucks. Back then most cloth patches were a dollar as far as I know. It also had some 5/16 cone studs from Tandy Leather back when they did sell that shape. But now I'm trying to appreciate what I have and actually finish, wear, appreciate and keep my clothing projects.

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Swingin' Utters   A crust punk battle vest.
Swingin' Utters   A crust punk battle vest.

Polite Rude Boy's picture

lookin good, stitching is tight and the variety of studs is neat

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Mattcrum's picture

Thank you, I really like engish cones but I think the world is ready for English domes so I took out the six English cones that had previously been on this vest. There was one small english cone on each shoulder and two brass plated standard english cones in the mid panel of each breast pocket. For a while I was thinking of restricting myself from english cones all together because they are highly popular.

JohnHD's picture

\m/ \m/

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Komplott's picture

The stud work on this is definitely worth pointing out and praising to no end. Must have taken you ages to not only align but also lock them into place!

Mattcrum's picture

Thank you! The key to studding denim is having a ice pick and small needle nose pliers. I first poke two holes for the stud legs at the appropriate distance. Then I insert the legs and bend them inward with the pliers curving the legs as I move them inward so they don't overlap. Overlapping the legs might cause them to get stuck on threads later. It's kind of like you bend them half way down first at a right angle then bend them all the way down so they hook into the fabric. If you want a more secure stud grab you can stitch on a extra layer of fabric. I used two extra layers for the 1 inch pyramid studs since they are so big and only have 2 legs. Extra fabric isn't always necessary but it does add strength and security for the studs. A bad thing is it adds bulk and too much extra fabric subtracts from form and flexibility. Putting studs under the arms near the arm pit is a bad idea because they rub too much against your skin and it begins to hurt. I recommend buying small amounts of studs at a time so you don't get overwhelmed and frustrated and throw them all away to feel relieved, unless you are a hard-core stud aplyer and are used to doing 1000 in one sitting. But buying small amounts of a interesting assortment adds detail and variety. Being leery about your pattern choices is a good idea because jumbled clusters of random studs can look tacky.

Wretched Egg's picture

Wow your attention to detail and commitment to this vest is insane! Great work with the stitching I could never have the patience to do that.

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Mattcrum's picture

Thank you! I guess the good thing about investing so much time on stitching means you get better with time. I use a combo of shurelock thread and #10 crochet thread, that's why my stitching looks thick. I use to outline patches in a linear fashion before I did the regular stitch but about a year and a half ago I started just doing a further apart basic stitch and then just go back around closer a second time. You don't really need patience to stitch for long periods of time, you just need to get in the groove. Music helps and it becomes like a fun game. You can't think about being finished because that could make it seem like you're waiting. You just got to stitch one patch at a time. Also starting out with coffee helps me focus.

Mattcrum's picture

I forgot to say 2 inch soft sculpture doll needles are my personal favorite type of needle to sew with. You can buy them in 6 packs on ebay shipped from NY for a good price.

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