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sewing thread, post your tutorials, ask questions, and get help!
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>>8753760
My parents want to get me a sewing machine for Christmas but I know pretty much nothing about them.

What brand/model and new or used? My dad is looking at some kind of used Viking for around $200 right now.
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>>8753779
Cheap supermarket sew machines like for 100€ are pretty well.
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>>8753779
I would go for new with a warranty if you don't know anything about machines, old ones are usually reliable and easy to fix - but only if you already know a bit about sewing! I had an entry level janome which was fine, singers are a bit crap these days and brother is variable but if you have a comprehensive warranty you should be ok
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>>8753760
have sewing machine.
how into sew?

...how long does it take to learn to make dresses from scratch?
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>>8753779
I'm meant to be getting a sewing machine for Christmas from my sister. Her budget is £100 max though and I would have liked something that was a bit above entry level. Does anyone have any suggestions for machines that I can give her?
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>>8753822
Depends how fast you pick up on it and how fancy you want the dresses to be. Bows, tote bags, and pillow cases are good projects for beginners. If you want to make lolita, learn to make a simple rectangle skirt, then you can learn to do fancier skirts and how to make a bodice and start making JSKs.
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>>8753791
>>8753796
Thanks you guys! I helped my dad settle on a nice, simple, new Janome from Walmart.

Poor guy was typing "amazon" into the eBay search bar lol
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What kind of fabric is this? I've come up with a design, but I couldn't find a proper fabric at joanns today. I just looks like a cotton, but all the plaid cottons I saw today were really thin and light. I saw a green and blue plaid in the "suiting" section, but it was like $20 a yard and it was the only color they had.
I kind of need to find and make this before a meet next Sunday. I'm looking for a red and black one.
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How to go about making pic related/similar patterns? I was thinking about buying http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Arrival-7-colors-Lovely-Princess-Sexy-Cosplay-Costume-Lolita-Style-House-Maid-Uniform-Restaurant-Server/2012470225.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_1_79_78_77_80,searchweb201644_0,searchweb201560_10 since it's very similar and making a red bow and possibly replacing the four buttons on the apron with two big buttons but I don't know if the dress would fit since I'm a 6'1" guy so it seems safer to make it myself. Though it will be my first time sewing anything and I'm sort of lost.
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>>8753873
Brother machines are good, and iirc are about that price. I got mine a few years ago from Argos I think. It's still going strong, but I can't remember if I got it on sale or something.
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>>8753822
A while. Iron your shit, pin everything, don't leave raw edges anywhere, and measure obsessively. Actually sewing the dress takes way less time than pinning and cutting and measuring, so once you've got the pattern correct and the pieces cut out you're good.
Also, start with darts. Don't go for princess seams just yet, get better at measuring first. If there's a dress that fits you great in a similar fabric to the one you're planning to use, make a pattern from it(plus seam allowances) to test out your skills.
Some details are better handsewn, so bear that in mind.
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>>8754148
>Poor guy was typing "amazon" into the eBay search bar lol
kek
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>>8754191
The cotton for these jsks ARE thin, it is just cotton really. Suiting could be good for the winter or tweed I've seen used. If you want to reinforce it you can line your bodices or use interfacing. Just don't get something too too thin that you can rip or feels plasticy.
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>>8754315
They're not fucking quilting weight cotton though, that stuff is almost see through
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>>8754394
That's why I said not to use something too thin, they didn't say what kind of cotton they were looking at. God damn I own the jsk I know it isn't quilting fabric.
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>>8753822
From scratch? A good amount of time and effort. I'd recommend picking up this book. It's used in a lot of garment construction classes.
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Whenever I see a sharp corner (like a v cut neckline, the part between your fingers in gloves) I get a weird bunching.

Anyone know how to fix that?
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>>8754724
Idk the name for it, but are you forgetting to cut wedges of material out perpindicular to the seam?
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>>8754736

I think the term is mitered corners!
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>>8754194
I can tell you, without a shadow of doubt, that this will not fit you, because I'm 5'7 and 85 cm dresses barely cover my ass. It's a simple enough outfit, sew it yourself.
Seriously, don't buy that. Sew something small like a bow to practice, when you have the hang of the machine read tutorials on how to make A-line skirts and box pleats. Plenty of tutorials on sew_loli and other places, just make sure to use decent cotton instead of shit lining fabric and make mockups from muslin until it fits you.
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I posted in the help thread but didn't get help, so maybe this is more fitting here.

Could anyone link me to a tutorial that could be helpful for sewing these shorts? I'm not sure how to sew the "gap" and strap so that it doesn't look weird. Especially with swimsuit materials, I seem to struggle a lot with making things look clean...
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Is it weird that I find hand sewing to be a lot easier & faster than using a machine? How do I get better at using my sewing machine? I always end up stitching way off even though the stitches are neat and I can't do curves at all, and the foot pedal is so sensitive it's either almost completely stopped or going at mach 10, and threading is so confusing & it always takes too long...
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>>8754797
To be honest it looks like she's wearing a garterbelt underneath the shorts.
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>>8754801
You probably just need practice. Eventually threading the machine will be second nature, and you'll warm up to the speed. I remember when I was starting, I'd just touch the pedal lightly and go super slow, and went to midway when I was feeling daring. Now I just push it all the way down most of the time.
As for guiding it, try just turning the knob with one hand instead of pressing the pedal, and guide the fabric with the other one. I do this when I need to be super precise or my roomates are asleep.
Machine sewing is just more sturdy and efficient, at least get comfortable with it.
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>>8754821
I like the knob idea. Thanks, anon. Also the knob gets stuck sometimes, any idea what's up with that? Do you have to oil it or something?
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>>8754802
Oh, I never thought of that! Everyone else seems to just assume it's shorts.

That still doesn't help much with the sewing situation though, since in order to get the same color I'd probably have to use the same fabric...
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>>8754736
I think you just mean clipping curved seams anon. Not really a name, but still google-able.
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>>8754191
most tartan is made of polyester or a poly/cotton blend. the cotton ones are thin and suitable for blouses, the poly ones are thicker and suitable for dresses. I get mine online, but I guess you don't have much use of that now.
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>>8754890
It's called 'notching', anons.
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>>8754825
different anon, but it could be the fabric is too thick at one point? I often have trouble getting the needle through a thick part, it mostly just stops working and makes a buzzing sound. if that isn't the case, check the bobbin case and otherwise take it to a sewing shop for a professional to check it
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>>8754755
That's fair. Thanks. Why box pleats though? Also to just make sure, which would be better to use, an A-line or a Circle skirt? Lastly, are there any especially good tutorial websites I should know about? Currently sew_loli is my only resource other than google & youtube.
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>>8754975
The ruffles are box pleats, they're sewn at the top and open at the bottom. You can make a 3/4 circle skirt, which is literally just a circle skirt minus 1/4, and that'll give you the A-line. It's basically a cone. You'll need a petticoat too, otherwise it'll be a) flat and b) constantly flying up. Get one that's long enough for the whole skirt without peeking out.
Can't help you much with the tutorial sites, because I've gone through my bookmarks and most of them are either sew_loli or deleted LJs, but google and youtube are great. Burdastyle, So Sew Easy and Allfreesewing have tutorials you'll find incredibly useful- the last one has more basic sewing guides but it's worth wading through the other two. Also, try looking at Pinterest, they usually have mother-and-child stuff but there are some good ones there.
And don't skimp on the fabric. Buy more than you think you need, make sure you look at how wide the fabric is, and buy it from a physical shop. It's easy to get confused by all the terms online, but feeling the fabric will help you pick something that drapes well and isn't too light or heavy. Line the skirt so the white doesn't show through, and use interfacing on the waistband of the apron, the bows, and the headdress. If your ruffle fabric is thin, use interfacing on them too.
It honestly sounds harder than it is.
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does anyone have the new OnS? how are the boystyle patterns?
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>>8753822
Adding on to what >>8754438 said, I have the first and newest eddition of this book, and the directions in the first are better, but the newer one has been modernized a bit in some of the designs.
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Anyone willing to share their best image-based sewing tutorials such as in the OP? I love these things.
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To all you cosplayers using sewing machines. Please perform your maintenances frequently!! Dust and oil and change your needles often. I have not yet once met someone who's machine I didn't have to clean out. For some reason, everyone is neglecting their machines.

Please please go buy a can of air and machine oil and do this right now if you haven't. There are instructions online for how to oil almost every model.
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>>8754801
Put a sponge under your pedal
When I was 8 and just learning how to sew this is what my grandma did to slow me down
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>>8753779
>>8753873
If you're relatively new to sewing, don't feel like you need to start with a top of the line machine, or an old metal behemoth from the 70s that will last forever. Yes those are good investments, but especially if these are presents I think it's better to get a new, solid plastic model to learn on and then in a few years you can be better informed on how you want to upgrade.

Singers are a bit crap, so try looking at mid range Brothers or Janomes with good reviews. I hear good thing about the Brother CS6000i specifically.
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>>8754825
The bobbin might have gotten tangled in itself, so you will most likely have to clip it and check if your fabric is stuck.
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>>8754191
I have an older Baby dress that's very very similar to the one on the far right and the fabric is actually a poly/wool blend.
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>>8756814
I'm so, so bad about cleaning my machine, and I know it. Poor thing has been acting up for a while, and I just keep neglecting it.
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>>8753760
maube im retarted but why cut it on the diagonal?
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>>8756953
In theory, cutting on the bias will give the fabric a little stretch. Honestly I don't see why this is important here though.
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>>8756958
Yeah i was thiniking the same since it's bows it shouldn't really make a difference?
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I have a few tuts I can post if anyone is interested?
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>>8757070
Yes please! I'll see what I have, though it's definitely not much.
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>>8757083
Most are pretty simple but I'll dump them!
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>>8757500
Bless you for posting the tutorials, anon!
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>>8756814
I'm the anon who will be getting my first machine soon. Could you explain the basics?
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>>8757638
Sorry couldn't post anymore yesterday because 4chin wasn't working
I'll post some more now
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>>8757702
these are great anon! How does one know what pleat is best to use for what purpose?
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>>8758463
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>>8756184
That particular book has a better sleeve block then the new edition. Decent book, I used it more in fashion school then any draping or couture techniques books.
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>>8758474
Disclaimer: I don't know if these tuts are actually any good, I've just saved a bunch of them
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>>8758474
Shit, just noticed this one is a two part tutorial, my bad
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>>8758486
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>>8758488
Anyone have any tuts on quilted fabric? (I think that's what it's called)
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>>8758510
oh u
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>>8758700
This is a terrible tutorial lmao
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>>8758707
I just posted about 15 tutorials
I even said some of them might be shitty
But you just have to focus on the negative, don't you?
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>>8758819
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>>8757070
Can this method be used to make a petticoat? Or is this a dumb idea?
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>>8758821
I think there would be too much negative space for fabric to properly drape over.

>>8758822
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>>8758813
It's pretty much become tradition to post this one, hasn't it ?
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>>8758829
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God bless this threads full of easy and well explained tutorials for people like me
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Any good tutorial to make Madoka skirt? I don't know how to make that mushroom form.
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>>8758822
>>8758816
Really useful tutorials! Thanks!
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Is there a way to sew sailor/Peter Pan collars without adding a layer of interfacing on the inside of the garment?
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>>8760143
I think Rufflebutt may have made a tutorial.
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>>8758725
I'm just saying, hopefully nobody actually follows this tutorial
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>>8760149
Just do it m8
But worst comes to worse, sew all the edges and flip it inside out, then hand stitch it on top of whatever
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>>8760143
>>8760156
Rufflebutt does indeed have one but it's super time consuming.
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>>8753822

Start with skirts! They are the easy part of dresses.

A nice swishy circle skirt is a good way build up confidence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVXd951Q8ss

You can do it with an elastic band or a waist band.
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>>8758813
It's not even a general tutorial thread. I was even thinking wow, a bunch of these are the same as the ones I saved when I first started on here and had dumped before, and then this.

>mfw I will never be free
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I'm a newb and I sewed (tried to) sew stretch fabric with a non stretch needle and fucked my whole machine up. Has this happened to anyone else before? I can't find any trouble shooting tips for this way of messing up a machine (the next time I sewed it made an angry beep noise and the tension is fucked)


the machine is a singer advance 7422
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>>8762440
I would assume that making a Madoka skirt in itself is time consuming
Is there a better way to do it?
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>>8762565
>singer advance 7422
This happened to my machine and a friends right before our last convention and it should be a relatively simple fix. On page 62 of the instruction manual it tells you how to clean that bottom part, follow those instructions. I'm pretty sure what happened is that the bobbin case got out of alignment and just needs to be reseated,
Good luck and i hopw that works.
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>>8762565
Can't help you with machine problems but you reminded me of when I was teaching myself to sew (by hand, didn't have a machine). I used to sew stretch fabric with really tight running stitch and it'd always tear. So I sewed the seams back up again with really tight backstitch instead. That worked out about as well as you'd imagine.
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>>8758489
making an accurate one is actually easier and looks much better.
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>>8762873
What is an "accurate" one? Like what's the difference? I just saved this one and I don't really know how they're supposed to look
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>>8762569

lol, yes.

The tutorial is only intensive because she specifically includes the petticoat. If you're okay with a store-bought petticoat you can skip the most labour-intensive parts, then all you need to make are the top skirt and the petal skirt.

As for the petticoats, you can buy them off ebay, square dancing shops, aliexpress, taobao, many places. Just make sure they're white, about 1inch shorter than your skirt, have a nice bottom edge and are wide enough. Layer 2-5 of them to get the right poof. When viewed from the bottom, the fabric scrunches together and looks like ruffles.

I want to add another note about steaming/pressing the ruffles, she's got an issue with them flipping upwards because she didn't press them. I'd advise to press the ruffles so you don't have the same issue.
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>>8762658
Thank you so much oh my god
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>>8758846
It doesn't feel like a tut thread without it.
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>>8762906
Oh yeah I was already planning to skip the petticoat part
Thanks for the pressing the ruffles tip though, definitely will do!
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>>8762890
That shit is some weird awful cross between a gi and a kimono. Gi generally have tube sleeves and shoulder seams, kimono have no shoulder seams and an extra panel to overlap in the front. Neither are cut out one single piece of fabric for sleeves and body like that.
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Guy who wants to learn to sew here. I have an untouched sewing machine from the early 2000s (Singer) but It looks more like a mid-range machine. Should I just bite the bullet and get a cheap noob machine?
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>>8760149
If you mean without a neckline facing, I generally machine sew the side that'll be visible, and then fold the seam allowance and raw edge under on the other side and blind-stitch it shut.
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>>8764295
> guy here
Disregarding that, the Singer should do just fine if you're just going to replace it with a cheap modern sewing machine.
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>>8756799
Here are all the resources I've saved over the years. Includes tutorial graphics, posing guides and a few other good nuggets
drive.google.com/open?id=0B8K0IZiNRUtwbTZ6OHVkTHFySU0
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>>8756958
I think it's so that each side droops nicely.
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>>8758463
>pleats
Sorry to take so long!

Usually i just go with box pleat and knife pleat. Most brands use box pleats.

But if you google the pleats you can see some inspiration.

I can see double box pleat being used in lolita, but the rolled ones... is kinda a waste of fabric to me.

I just found out that military box pleats are used in Kilts, wich is interesting.
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Is there some what-fabric-to-use master list that someone can share to me? Because I don't know what fabrics are better for some things, my knowledge when it comes to fabric is almost non existent
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>>8765075
I second this request. I simple introduction to different types of fabric would be a godsend for this novice.
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>>8753760
Ahhh nostalgia. This was the first tutorial I ever used.
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>>8765281
Google and experience, really. At some point, you'll be familiar enough with fabric to know its characteristics and how it drapes, and thus how appropriate it would be for your costume.
>https://cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/guest-post-fabric-101/
>http://www.powersewing.com/2009/07/fabric-photo-dictionary/
>http://www.derangeddesigns.com/fabricguide.html
>http://crazylittleprojects.com/2013/01/learn-to-sew-series-how-to-buy-fabric.html
> http://www.sheknows.com/love-and-sex/articles/813834/a-bride-s-guide-to-wedding-dress-fabrics-1
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>>8765957
http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/10/sewing-101-fabric-uses.html
http://fabrickind.tumblr.com/post/107703806818
http://momijizukamori.tumblr.com/post/64184882565/field-guide-to-silk
http://momijizukamori.tumblr.com/post/63666674003/a-field-guide-to-cottons

I don't mind giving specific advice, either, though a good rule of thumb with more basic stuff is to think 'if I were buying this in a store, what would it be made out of?'. Like - casual jacket? What are casual jackets usually made of? That sort of thing.
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I'm trying to sew horsehair braid into a hemto make ruffles but each time I do so the braid seems to flip the hem and doesn't hold its shape. I've followed all the horsehair tutorials but neothing seems to work
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Here are some things I stole from Facebook
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Sorry for the fact that they aren't in English, but I believe the pictures are pretty self explanatory and easy to follow. If you have any doubts I'll be glad to help.
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I guess that's it. There was more but most of them keep repeating the same stuff or variations of it.

I hope some of these are helpful. You obviously need to know how to trace a basic pattern though, so you can change it to the patterns shown.
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>>8766192
You, anon, are a lifesaver.
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>>8766192
Anon thank you so so much, can't tell you enough how much I appreciate it
Have cute dog as small thanks
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any good tuts for body suits? Looking to make a typical super hero body suit
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>>8767149

>http://www.stretchy.org/

It's not hard, but it can be a bit tedious - you need a bunch of measurements and math, basically.
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what are some high quality scissors i can buy? I want them to last a while, I plan on sharpening them
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>>8772992
If you're in the US, wait until JoAnns has a good coupon and go buy a pair of Ginghers with it. The larger shears come out to about $20 with coupon, and they have a set screw so you can take them apart and sharpen them properly.
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>>8773143
thank you
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Posted these up a while back, but here's a link to all of the patterning and fashion textbook pdfs I've grabbed over the years

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d3z1814muvtxoyh/AADFuIAoYs9RYEkmaCEVNajDa?dl=0
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I posted in the help thread, but it's weirdly dead, so I'm reposting here:
>Does anyone have tips on attaching a skirt to a corset-style top? Should I do it before or after I add the boning to the channels? I was initially thinking to make both pieces separately and attach them, but in hindsight that could lead to accidentally sewing over steel bones.
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>>8773603
Definitely sew it together before boning.
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>>8773605
Thanks! I have no experience with boning so it's good to know my suspicions are confirmed.
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>>8753760
I don't know if I'm just incredibly stupid, but when I make a bow with this tutorial, the sides just flatten and it looks like those really sad bows you see on replicas. The fabric is quite nice, a similar enough weight cotton to most of my brand, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
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I just fixed up a crappy machine I kept at my parent's house so I can finish last minute gift details. I keep sewing over scrap fabric over and over to get rid of the excess machine oil but it seems endless. For now I've got the presser foot and needle down over several layers of paper towel overnight. Any other ideas for getting past this?
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>>8773369
Bless you anon.
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>>8766022
Off the top of my head, a couple things you could be doing wrong-- you might need to iron it more, you might be using too wide of a horsehair for too light of a fabric, or your circle skirt might not be cut evenly enough. I've done all of those and ended up with the hem flipping.
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>>8773640
You need to put interfacing in the bows. Really important thing that this tutorial just doesn't touch.
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>>8773369
This is perfect, thanks so much anon
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>>8754861
Look up how to sew a garterbelt.
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Any tutorials for making floral headpieces? Doesn't matter whether it's on a headband or clips in. I'm new to this and don't really know where to start.
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>>8773369
Thank you so much!!
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I'm trying to figure out how to add an invisible zipper to a jacket that has bias tape at the center front, where the zipper will be. I'm worried that if I add the bias tape first, the zipper will fold some of it under and look strange. Any suggestions for accomplishing this?
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Sword sheath
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>>8773369
Thank you!
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>>8766176
I've been looking for something like this thanks!
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I'm looking for a gakuran pattern. Tried to make my own and it looks okay, even the finished gakuran. But it fits so awfully and trying to adapt it more to my build made everything even worse.

Now I want to sew it again. But with the right pattern. Can you guys help me out?
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>>8775009
I don't have any tutorials, but I did this. I buy a headband and fake flowers and I glue it with a glue gun.
I don't recommend it a lot, because some leafs fell and it's possible some flowers too, but If you don't touch it a lot, They'll stay all day.
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>>8777319
get a copy of McCalls M4745 or maybe Butterick B6844 (i haven't used the latter one personally but it's a good base shape) - you'll have to pin pattern pieces together on the McCalls one to get ride of the seams, but it's not far off.
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>>8775009
Get some fabric glue m8
Way better hold
Stitch where you can
Attach backings to felt then the object then put more felt over the back to make it smooth.
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>>8777905
Thank you. I'll try the McCalls pattern and hope it'll turn out the way I need it to.
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Does anyone have any good patterns for a waistcoat suitable for Ouji and Lolita? I'm looking for a nice fitted pattern that's not too long or a huge men's one.
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>>8774083
Thank you anon! I thought I was losing my mind.
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What would I look up to find a pattern related to this?
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>>8777970
Good luck! If you can dig up a copy of Simplicity 7274 (the Civil War one, they've reused the number) it's actually even closer - fewer seams you have to take out. Unfortunately OOP as far as I know, though.

>>8778019
McCall's 2447 is my go-to for vest basics - it's super dudely, but it's got fitting darts, pattern pieces for the facing, etc and vests are really easy to modify. The shirt pattern it comes with is likewise a full-fledged dress shirt - if you were to follow the instructions it'd look like it was off-the-rack, and it's also not hard to mod.

McCall's M4890 had a bunch of different vest collar (plain, shawl, notched) and front options (single-breasted and double-brested, two different hems) - it's unfortunately also OOP, which is a shame because while a few of the newer steampunk patterns have a vest in them, it's generally only one style option.
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>>8779458
Maybe look at Vogue's pattern catalog to get some ideas of names at the very least? They have a decent number of crazy avant-garde pieced dress patterns.
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I'm looking for a pattern for the jacket-cape-coat thing in pic related. Would anyone be able to help ?
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I feel like the dumbest of shits but I've been pouring over this page for like 2 hours trying to figure out how to attach these tabs for buttonholes to my waist ties from my OnS book 1, and I just don't get it.

http://imgur.com/a/7ckh5

I made a simple diagram of what I think (based on the translation and the tiny busy photos) is happening but it doesn't explain how the top and bottom edges get finished? I'm definitely making this harder than it needs to be gulls, halp.
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>>8780819
The waist tie is sewn as a tube and gets flipped inside out and pressed, that's how the edges get finished.

As for the tab you're basically right, I think. Step one, sew right side to right side like picture. Step two, fold it so the seam is open, and then press the top and bottom of the tab towards the middle along the red lines. Then fold over once more in the same direction as the first step.
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>>8775043

Is it lined or faced?
Maybe you can add the zipper to the lining and then put the bias tape on the fashion fabric and then hand sew the lining and fashion fabric together?
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>>8757649
It comes with a basics booklet.
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>>8757702
Not really helpful, I can't read it.
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>>8758466
Really small
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>>8758488
Add on that you need to check your line up before sewing, even as an example, this final product looks terrible
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>>8760156
It's not that good
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>>8781822
it's pretty easy to understand, though. The thick, dotted lines are the stitches, and they show the seams being pressed open, and how everything should be laid when they're being sewn together. The thinner lines/crosses indicate the seam allowance. Are you having trouble understanding a specific diagram?
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>>8775584
did you know the swedish word for sheath is slida. slida litterally means vagina.
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>>8781869
yes, and the estonian word for a sword sheath is tupp, which is also the medical term for vagina. pls no more derailment

I have a huge bunch of various pdfs, patterns and guides saved, anyone looking for anything special? mostly lolita (I am willing to provide OnS and GLB scans if someone really can't get them otherwise since I'm feeling merry), but I also have loads of reenactment and larp resources
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>>8780166
seconding this
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There are some free patterns up at dr-cos.info. I haven't tried any myself, but I've been meaning to.
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http://egl.livejournal.com/4904975.html anyone ever done this tutorial? good or bad?
suggestions for cute bloomer tutorials/ideas in general would be appreciated, I need to make a couple basic pairs.

also, I'm >>8781877, pic related is my pdf collection (yes I seem to have 3 versions of GLB, yay), I also have a metric shitton of links so feel free to ask if anyone wants anything
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>>8782824
It's basically correct, but the top measurement should be your hips plus a few cm, not your waist. I have a 78 cm waist and 94 cm hips, I'd never be able to pull a waist + 5cm waistband over my ass.
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>>8783121
oh god yeah, definitely. I think it's safe to assume that waist = hips when doing this.
guess I'll start fucking around with elastic and lace with this one, thanks for pointing the mistake out anon
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>>8782824
I'd love one of the Otome no Sewing book scans - I've been contemplating buying some of the newer ones, but I'd like to try a pattern or two first to see how hard it is to scale up/follow the instructions.
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Great thread
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How the fuck do I sew diagonal pleats?
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>>8783750
Found this guide that might be helpful http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-design-and-sew-shirt-with-bias.html

What I'd do is pleat a big piece of pattern paper diagonally, cut it into the shape you need the final piece to be, then unfold it and use that to cut the fabric. Does that make sense?
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>>8783851
Just pleat it normally and turn it a little bit.
>imagined someone struggling to pleat a piece of paper diagonally
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>>8783614
hey anon, I haven't been on my pc today but I'll upload it for you tomorrow morning. bedtime for me now. sorry for making you wait.
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>>8785145
No worries! I have family visiting for the holidays right now anyway, so my sewing time has been limited.
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>>8785391
https://www.dropbox.com/s/n3vbtkbqqp38u44/Otome%20no%20Sewing%20Book%201.pdf?dl=0 here ya go anon, this is the one I have.
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>>8785969
Thanks, anon.
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>>8785969
Thank you!
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i want to make this, but i don't know what kind of pattern i should use. Any help would be awesome
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>>8792621
it just looks like a short v-neck dress with a circle skirt (maybe with some darts to make it flare out like that), the top is practically a fitted V-neck shirt (pretty sure that's a collar there). just look some dress patterns up and judge what might fit. I'd say this is kinda 50s-60s but I could be wrong
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>>8792632
ok thank you
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Gonna cosplay Sangu from Owari no Seraph this summer, but have no clue how I can sew her clothes and there are absolutely no tutorials. Help??
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>>8781844
Not that anon, but with the limited information provided, it's like it asks me to go get the fabric and try and cut that dress shape out
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I have a pair of men's jeans I'd like to alter into a women's cut. I have a pattern for women's jeans that have the fit I'm looking for. I figured I could just take apart the pant legs (leaving 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces), cut them to the pattern's fit, then sew them back together.

Is this a good idea or waste of my time?
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>>8794061
Honestly, unless you have far more free time than money, probably not worth it. Taking in the legs of pants is easy, but if you're altering the hip and waist area, you're going to have to totally take apart the waistband/belt loops, and possibly the fly.

If the alternative is 'buy new fabric to make pants', it may be a reasonable use of your time, but otherwise, pants usually aren't that expensive at thrift stores and the like.
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>>8798150
Well, both my free time and money are somewhat limited. I wanted to alter the pants because they're in a color and fabric I like and would hate to see them go to waste. Most of the time I have to alter pants anyway because of my sizing. I was going to make a pair of pants from scratch but I fear I don't have enough time for them either.

I just have this idea that altering clothes is easier than it really is.
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Anyone have any good bonnet tutorials similar to picture provided?
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>>8798161
In a case like this where you have to take apart a surprisingly intricate waistband area, modify the whole thing, and sew it all back together... you're making pants from scratch, basically. It's not going to take you any less time, and it might take more, since you're going to have to take apart a lot of stitching.
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>>8798487
That's true. I just really don't like messing with cutting out fabric and sewing zippers but making the pants from scratch would be the better learning experience. Thanks for saving me time and the potential headache!
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I made a pair to pajama shorts as a first attempt at pants. Construction wise it was pretty easy to put together, but the fit isn't great. I think it is because the pattern was made for someone with a smaller ass. Any tips for a beginner to alter a pants pattern?
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