Post cute handmade things, tips, guides, questions, whatever.
I bought a JSK with a damaged bodice for cheap because it was my dream print. Part of the skirt is unusable because of a large rip. Now I don't have enough material to gather into a skirt that will fit my waist and have enough space for a petticoat, and adding a bustle like pic related is what came to mind to fix that. The problem is the skirt material isn't a single continuous piece, it's in two pieces and has a seam in the middle. Where's the least awkward place to put the bustle?
Cut the narrower panel into another two pieces. Put your bustle there. Use the wider panel as the front of the skirt. This way the seamlines will be at the sides of the skirt, not front and center.
I like the background in this photo.
this is adorable imo
I like her stuff a lot, but it's a shame that she doesn't know how to sew properly. And by "properly" I mean she self admitted that she takes a more DIY approach rather than pattern, cut, sew. Still, her stuff looks clean and always turns out well.
Online, eBay, Taobao. But honestly, you don't always need to add lace to something to make it Lolita. A lot of people get it into their mindsets that they need lace for some reason.
This is just about finished. Have to finish trim, add a couple bows, and make it look neat, but considering I didn't know how to thread a machine when I started this...definitely could have ended up worse. It's pretty cute in person.
I want to make this headdress, but I'm not sure how to make the ear thing. Help?
Does she mention where she got that fabric?
I also wonder why more brolitas don't make their stuff themselves, since they always seem to worry about if brand will fit their frames. Seems like it'd be right up their alley.
Cut out two pairs of the ear shapes, sew together on the wrong side, cut it so you can turn it inside out without it looking like a sack of pebbles, trim off excess fabric. Turn right side out, iron, add interfacing, iron again, see if it looks like pic related.
Looks like there's a dart on the ear thing, or it could be two separate pieces sewn together, can;t really see much on my screen.
But yeah, experiment, use interfacing, and don't give up if it looks awful on the first try. Learn from your mistakes and keep trying until it looks right.
It's a dart, that's why the ears are standing and not flat on the head.
I'd recommend looking at the store pictures, you can see the shape better.
Build a mock with craft paper till you get the dart right because it's oval shaped so it's a little bit tricky
start with plain or florals, you shouldn't have any issues finding a nice plain thick cotton fabric from a local fabric store. I assume you mean edge prints by 'proper fabric', please don't go for that
someone mentioned fabric dot com right above, I have no experience with it so can't comment. just look through the online stores of your local fabric suppliers. if you want to pay a lot for custom fabrics, spoonflower.
Start with a solid piece. Since you're in the US, try Joann's Stretch Sateen.
I've made blouses and dresses with it, and it works well for both. It's easy to sew, the slight stretch helps if you're not great at fitting yet, and it looks great wash after wash with its very subtle sheen. It makes nice ruffles too.
Don't like the bow on the waist but the rest looks pretty decent.
It's a full seam, not just a dart. It's curved so that it makes the fabric stand upright when worn. I'm not sure how to explain it, so if I get time tomorrow, I'll take photos of it laid flat so you can see what I mean.
Normally, I'd be against replicating an indie designer's pieces, but their quality has dropped in a shocking fashion of late. Comparing my headdress to a friend's (I bought it in 2012, she bought last month), it looks like it's not even from the same store. It's nuts and really sad.
It's easier if you either have some sewing experience, or have enough common sense and logic so you can figure out which pieces are supposed to go where. With that in mind, though, the instructions are really clear, and the text is barely needed at all, since they show you the final product most times you can guess what is supposed to go where. There is one project at the front of the book that is in full colour photograph, then the rest of the book is lineart drawings like this. Again, really clear drawings, barely any words. Most of the time you can use logic to guess what each diagram wants you to do.
As for the patterns, there is a large piece of paper in the back of the book that you cut out. It can be a bit confusing to locate the piece you want since they're all superimposed on each other, you choose the piece you need and then trace it out (leave the paper pattern intact so you can trace another pattern from it next round). Do note that their L size still appears to be a short, flat girl, it's just that L size is a fat short girl and S size seems to be a skinny short girl, so if you're taller and bustier you're going to need to modify the patterns. If you come across a piece that is white instead of grey inside the book, that means you have to draft the pattern out yourself (it's usually a rectangle though, so again, very easy).
>Buy fabric and lining for it
>Put them in water to shrink
>The lining fabric leaks colour badly
>Change the water 10+ times, still leaks a little
>Give up since my fingers are starting to look like raisins
Has this happened to anyone else? I have used the same fabric on differend colous but for the first time the colour leaks like this.
It happens a lot with dark or jeweltone colors, the dyes are just more prone to running. Leave the lining fabric to soak by itself in some detergent + hot water for a couple of hours to get rid of all the extra dye, it'd suck if the color transferred when you steam ironed or washed the finished garment.
She always has really nice locations for her pics.
>what I normally use for skirts
Vaguest measurement ever.
It depends on how fluffy you want your skirts to be, and what shape you're aiming for.
For something like AP's Whip Magic coat set jsk, the top tier would be 2-ish metres and the second tier would be 3-4m. Baby's 2-tier skirt jsks (eg- Heart Marble Chocolate) are usually narrower, the second tier would be only 2-3m instead of 3-4m. So:
- if you're making something with a border print and want it to be clearly visible, keep it under 4m in the second tier.
- if you don't want to be a poofmonster, keep it under 3m in the second tier.
- if you're not doing a border print and want to be absolutely fluffy and poofy, go ahead and do 5m in the second tier.
Then work your way backwards to get the skirt width for the first tier, eg: 4m in second tier, do 2.5m in first tier. 3m in second tier, do 1.8 in first tier (not too narrow for your hips/petticoat). 5m in second tier, do 3m in the first tier.
You can't really get a good A-line shape out of just two tiers. If you're thinking of AP's miniskirts, the top tier is actually a flared skirt, then the bottom tier is a long rectangle. In that case you'd need to start with a flared skirt pattern, then add a rectangle as the second tier.
Ah, I forgot to add. These mostly work for those who fit within Japanese sizing, ie waist size 60-80cm. If you're a lot bigger/smaller than that, you might want to adjust the sizing in proportion to your waist size.
It looks good, but the pattern on the bodice is cut up and I think it would have looked better if she'd used a solid colour for that instead. Also, that waist bow is really limp, it looks really out of place. Waist ties would have been better.
Do you seagulls have any tips for finding out-of-print fabrics? I found some that I want to use because the theme for the event is swords and sorcery, but it's been long out of print. The locals only have a few fat quarters of the wrong colorway and it's even hard to come by online. Pic related, it's the fabric series I'm looking for.
The use of scallops in this design is A+. I don't normally like Christmas dresses but this is very well done!
That's really sad to hear! I bought my headpiece from Antique Beast in 2014 and have no quality complaints, but I've never done a matching comparison with an older version.
Reverse image search? Or maybe Etsy? I've sometimes found OOP fabrics there, although the mark-up can be pretty high.
Eh, just make it into a simpler JSK with a plain dark bodice. No ruffles, minimal lace etc. so that it doesn't become too busy.
This print has a nice structure and color palette, it's gonna look fine.
Anyone have pics of cute scepters? I often see them in coords, but more difficult to find on their own.
Can you let out the side seams and add a strip of complementary fabric? Assuming this is for ouji, a stripe plus some nice trim going over the seams could give you a nice look. Other than that, your fabric is now cut into such small pieces I don't know if you can do anything else with it other than make accessories.
I'm looking to make a veil headpeice to go with my new dress. I have a basic idea on how to construct one, but does anyone have any tips or constructs to making one? Any help would be appreciated. Pic related, general look I'm going for, but with added veil in the back. Also black.
Asked in the general but no help was obtained. I want to make a rectangle headdress and want to know dimensions of the main part excluding lace. Google didn't help. If you have a newer brand headdress to measure or reeeeeally nice handmade one, I'd appreciate your help.
Kind of a dumb question, but what should I look for in a sewing machine? I have very basic sewing skills, but I've always just borrowed sewing machines from other people when I needed them. I want to try making handmade now, so I figure I should buy my own.
Do I really need these "100 stitches" some of the machines have? What's a good price range? Is ~$100 enough to get something decent, or should I go with something higher?
It's a Bodyline headdress, but about 27x7cm.
Anon, I have a brother sewing machine I got for about $80.I've had it for two years now, and it's handled everything I've thrown at it, from fur to vinyl to denim. It works beautifully.
It has 25 stitches, which covers all the basic ones you'll probably ever use.
And it's super easy to use and get used to.
Decorative stitches are nice, but not a necessity. It's something cheap machines throw on and it looks flashy, but you should invest in a good machine. Depending on how much you see yourself sewing as a hobby, you can get something that will be decent, but won't last too long. I sew a lot, both for lolita and cosplay (as well as home things), so I got a Janome student model that was about $500, but should last me 20 years+ if I treat it nice. I'm partial to Janome because of the quality, but I've used a Brother and it was fine. I learned on a '78 Singer (that only recently died), but I say only go with Singer if you're buying vintage because new Singers are cheap crap.
If you aren't looking for something flashy it's definitely worth looking at older second hand machines on ebay and the like since you can get lucky and pick up a solid older machine pretty cheaply. With a straight stitch and a zig-zag you're covered for most of the stuff you might want to do when you're learning.
Thanks for the recommendation! The reviews are good and the price is low, so I will consider it. One question: is the foot pedal pressure sensitive to adjust the speed? That's what I'm used to, but some models mention having only one or two preset speeds.
Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure how often I will be using it, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to invest $500 into a sewing machine yet. I don't want to go over $300 max right now. I'm afraid I'll end up not using it enough to justify the price. But I will definitely consider springing for something a little nicer.
Thanks, I'll definitely check out the 2nd hand market.
Thank you all for your advice and suggestions! I'll think this over for a while.
Not a fan of the lace she used, but overall nice.
I tried to make a bat peplum belt inspired by this. Mine didn't turn out so great, but I know the basics of how to make it stand up like that.
What I did (hope this makes sense):
>Make the top part of basic skirt pattern (this part is irrelevant if you are making a headdress, you'd want a headband pattern or something...)
>slash and spread up to top of skirt to add flare
>split the pattern and add in tapered seams (smaller at the end) to meet the points of the bat wing parts.
Cut out two and sew the tapered seams, then stitch them right sides together along the jagged part and flip inside out
The tapered seams will add the necessary structure to hold it up (you could add horsehair braid or something into these to make it stiffer), while the flare enables it to stand up from your head.
I made this which was originally for a Christmas coord that I never got round to wearing due to depression. But is this good? It was my first time trying something like this, as usually I tend to stick with sweet.
To be completely honest it looks a little too bulky. Some of the holly leaves having snow while the rest doesn't also throws it off. It's a great start, but I would make the design more balanced and be a little more careful with the details next time.
Thanks. I think the same myself, really and planned to wear it with a really wavy hairstyle but I do see where you're coming from and you're absolutely right. Thanks for reconfirming my thoughts though. I appreciate the criticism.
Newbie here. I'm looking to make something similar to pic related. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good tutorial/pattern for the skirt portion? Specifically, I want to make the general shape of the skirt, not necessarily the ruffles and stuff at the bottom. I know how to make a basic rectangle skirt, but that would give me too much of a bell shape, instead of the A-line I want. Sorry for my cluelessness.
I want to see someone make something out of this.
Comes in green too.
I'm pretty good with fabric and I'm not sure.
It's got a nice drape like a jersey but that skirt material is going to be to heavy for a jersey bodice so that can't be it.
It's not stiff enough to be a cotton. Can't be a satin either
My guess is a poly blend of some kind.
I feel like you guys need more to choose from for more handmade goods.
too busy for my taste but used judiciously it could work.
Bears paired with brown velvet bows or grosgrain ribbon would be so adorable.
I'm not entirely sure, I was just going to look in the fabric store for some light pink and white fabrics that looked nice, but perhaps I should plan this out better. The original OP is chiffon, according to the product page. It doesn't look like any of the chiffon I have, but I'm not really an expert on fabrics, so...
Looking at some of the close-up pics, it does look see-through like chiffon.
Thought it might be something like that. It looks a little gathered at the sides, too. I've made a full circle skirt before, so I think I can handle that. I'll just have to do some math to figure out exactly how to cut it.
Yeah, I love how it's draping. Would love to know what it is if anyone had any suggestions. It says chiffon but that looks heavy for chiffon, unless it's a different kind of chiffon.
Idk if this will help but.
The skirt has a seam on each side, and isn't gathered at all on the front or the back, only has gathering on sides.
The gathering is about 17cm long, and I have the S size. (the gathering reaches to the boob dart on the bodice, to the dart on the back of the bodice) I HOPE THIS HELPS!
The zipper is also on the side seam.
I'm not to sewing savvy as you can probably tell but, I'm happy to help any way I can.
sage for double post.
Thank you, this actually does help! Having a number for the gathering helps. Would you mind giving a measurement for the circumference of the bottom of the skirt?
I'm not very sewing savvy yet either, but I'm trying to learn. So thank you!