>>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
>>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?
>>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.
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.
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.
>>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.
>>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.
>>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.
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...
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...
>>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.
>>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.
>>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
>>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.
>>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.
>>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.
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.
>>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.
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)
>>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.
>>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.
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.
>>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.
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?
>>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 >>8756953 >>8756958 I think it's so that each side droops nicely.
>>8765075 >>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
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.
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
>>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.
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.
>>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.
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?
>>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.
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?
>>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.
>>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.
>>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.
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.
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.
>>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.
>>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?
>>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
>>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.
>>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
>>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.
>>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
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.
>>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.
>>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.
>>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.
>>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!
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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