Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:29
Have an old t-shirt you bought years ago and loved to near death? Can’t bear to get rid of your favorite nostalgia pieces from way back when? Favorite shirt’s stain causing you pain?
Have no fear, we can help you save it!
The Rip Club Sewing Lounge is hosting a T-Shirt Recycling lab. Bring in your old shirts and let us show you find new life in old threads! Bonnie will teach you how to polish up your golden oldies so they shine like you just bought them off the rack, all the while helping you find and establish your very own style!
Entrance fee is $30 for the entire class. Equipment is provided, as are old t-shirts to chop up. Call The Rip Club at (970) 222-7703 to sign up now!
Posted by - Bonnie @ 19:05
Thank you to “Art2Ya” for painting “Ned” on our “bad boy” window (where I sew on “bad boy” for all of our biker customers. Here’s her website:http://art2ya.com/ And thanks to Mai, Forest and Katie for helping me to make the corn maiden and set up Ned on a bike in our main window! Come see us during the Loveland Corn Roast Festival, “Tour De Corn” and check out the scavanger hunt here: http://maizemaiden.com/
Corn Maiden from the Rip Club window for Tour De Corn 2013
Posted by - Bonnie @ 11:03
Charles’ custom Gortex Parka
I started this custom parka in October and didn’t finish it until January because of tendonitis in my right hand which made it impossible to ease and heat seal the seams. Once I got back and running I finished it off and finally got it to Charles Moore for the rest of the winter season. He had a Gortex parka that lost it’s waterproofing after many years and couldn’t find a new one that fit him. He wanted a custom one made up where the arms would be longer and the lining would be thin so he could layer it over his jean jacket, and other layers, for our seasonal changes here in Loveland, Colorado. He rides his bike a lot and has the coolest set up with a helmet and mirrors and this is something he needed to make him comfortable again, in all climates, especially those in between months where we’ll get sun and warmth, but then it’ll rain or snow out of nowhere. The saying we have here in Colorado is, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” I ended up buying all kinds of waterproofing seam protectants but ended up actually fusing waterproofing sealant tape for most of the seams so that it won’t loose it’s waterproofing. This parka should last for 20 years and I spent over 40 hours making it. I still have the mock up in a plaid flannel which I might use to make another one, if anybody requests it. I would want to make a few at once and get a special heat press for heat sealing all of those seams. This was my first coat out of Gortex and I can tell you that you’ll need Microtex needles and you’ll go through at least two needles for this project. I enjoy the challenge of new, special customers who want a custom tailored garment that is outside the proverbial box. It challenges me to learn to use fabrics I’m not familiar with, and to try new methods of construction. Thanks for your patience and your custom, Mr. Moore. I hope your parka gives you years of use and satisfaction.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 20:31
I was so sad tonight when we had to cancel our slice and dice class for lack of students. Check out what others have done with old T shirts.Flapper dress from recycled T shirts
Also check out the recycled T-shirt aprons we made for MoBetta Gumbo when they open up on January 25, 2013.
We have two new apprentices who are doing construction and alterations for the shop. Ashley and Neva show real promise and talent.
Sandy has been taking care of me and cleaning up the shop every day. It’s been hard to do much with tendonitis in my right hand that I need to ease with. If you don’t know what easing is, it’s stretching a shorter length of fabric into a longer piece to create curves and angles in clothing.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:29
Very Fun Clown Pants Custom Sewn by Bonnie McLeod Carmichael of Rip Club
It was a gas making these clown pants, but boy it was like making custom jeans. A lot of work with a fly and an adjustable elastic waist. The button was a real find as well. Back pockets have side gussets so he can carry blown up party balloons in them. I wish I’d taken a side or back view photograph because it’s hillarious! Custom design was done by me, Bonnie McLeod Carmichael, from Arnand’s description, pictures and needs. The little teddy bears embroidered on has to do with his character’s name. I hope he brings the joy and laughter to the inhabatants of intensive care and hospice at the Longmont United Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 18:35
Nola, Katie and Destiny Modeling Cute 40’s Style Dresses
The Grand ReOpening of the Rip Club at our new address of 333 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado on September 14, 2012. Old and new customers enjoyed the cute models, live Jazz music by CarYaffee (Tim Carmichael and Don Yaffee), a free buffet, and tours of the sewing lounge upstairs.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 19:15
As You Enter the Sewing Lounge We Will Check out your tool kit and help you pick your perfect thread colors.
We’ve gotten all moved in to our new location in downtown Loveland. The new address is 333 N. Cleveland Avenue. Our Grand Opening will be held on Sept 14, 2012, from 6pm-9pm. In addition to an open house with models showing some cute 40’s style dresses, we will have a live Jazz duo and some refreshments. Mark your calendar. Hope to see you there!
New Rip Club Storefront
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Check us out for the final night of NoCo Fashion Week! The theme is “Animal InstinX”. Rip Club will be showing some of our current wild leather and fabric creations. Get tickets at the door for $15 mentioning “Rip It”. Here’s the Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/214234218683031/ and here’s the article they did on us: http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_20403481/loveland-woman-turns-old-clothes-into-hip-fashion
And here is the NoCo Fashion Week website: http://nocofashionweek.weebly.com/ We will be posting a bunch of pictures from this event soon.
Posted by - Bonnie @ 16:39
Here is a review and pictures on an antique leather restore done by Rip Club:
“I recently inherited a leather jacket from my father this holiday season. The lining was torn up on the inside, and most of the pockets had gaping holes in them. I took the jacket to Rip Club sewing for repair, and I could not be happier. They not only replaced the entire lining and pockets for me, but also reinforced the pockets for me so they would be less likely to blow out in the future. Even more amazing is that based on the tear patterns on the inside of the jacket they were able to conclude that the jacket was too tight in the chest (something that I had just resigned to deal with since leather tailoring can be difficult) and proactively fixed the tailoring. My leather jacket now fits great and looks even better. If you want an experienced tailor knowledgeable in their craft, you can’t go wrong with Rip Club Sewing!”
Thanks again for your work! The jacket looks great.
Ron Logan's Leather
Ron Logan's New Lining