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Old Suit, Old Tie, Old Shirt = New Gear

June 27, 2007 1:50 AM

OK, this almost makes me want to shell out for a sewing machine.

Next New Networks launched Tuesday an online TV network covering, of all things, do-it-yourself fashion. Yes, it’s one of the many legs in the new trend to go green – essentially re-imagining your old clothes. The new show at ThreadBanger.com is called “How-To Tuesdays” and will run for eight weeks.

So what do you get when you mix an old pair of suit pants, an out-of-step tie and a Hawaiian shirt? A brand new spiffy pair of board shorts, of course!

Well, after you’ve sewn and threaded and measured and cut and designed and all sorts of other things that I’ll never be able to do. (remember, gals, what Kristin Scott Thomas said in "The English Patient": A woman should never learn to sew, and if she can she shouldn't admit to it.)

Even so, this first installment at threadbanger.com is mesmerizing because the video makers have sped up the sewing, the pinning and all that jazz so they appear in pseudo-fast forward:

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