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The old thread got archived, so let's make a new one

Feel free to discuss current projects, what you want to make in the future etc
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If anyone has examples of handmade outfits/accessories for Kumyas, please share! I have some burando capes, but I'm thinking of making something custom.
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>>10550825
does anyone know any good lolita patterns for aprons, particularly one's that are suitable for beginners? I was thinking of making an apron like pic rel, where it's tied around the waist and doesn't cover the torso
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>>10550921
Idk of any patterns but it's basically a gathered rectangle or semicircle with a ruffle and a waistband with extra length for tying attached, and patch pockets like most aprons have. for OnS anyway if the pattern piece is a gathered rectangle they tell you the measurements or how to calculate them for your size and you just measure and cut it yourself usually.
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Does anyone have any information on tailoring lolita garments? Specifically I'm wondering if it's feasible to take in the cuffs on a blouse like this as a beginning sewer or if I should just take it to a tailor.

I know this might not be the right thread for this question, but I didn't see any other sewing threads in the catalog.
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>>10555578
i don't think you need a specifically lolita tutorial for that
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>>10550835
There was someone posting their handmade cat kumya clothes on CoF for a while, Aggie or something like that? Might be worth looking up. I've made Kumya capes but I have some improving to do on them.
>>10550825
Gonna modify my Lovely Snow Fantasy OP with fabric from a damaged JSK to give it a just waist (yes, I have done this before and know what I'm doing). If anyone's interested in pics of the process once I start let me know.
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>>10555578
exactly how you'd actually approach it depends on the amount it needs taken in by, the particulars of its construction, and how polished you want the end result to be. easy mode could be relocating a button, or incorporating some tucks or pleating. hard mode will likely be to remove (partially or fully) the cuff from the sleeve, reduce the width by the desired amount, and reassemble. also bear in mind your hand still has to be able to fit through it when you're done. feasible as a beginner? i'd say yes. perhaps not a definite "yes", but at the very least it's an enthusiastic and promising "maybe!"

you've got an advantage here insofar as sleeves come in pairs and you're primarily concerned with the hem ends of them where they attach to the cuff rather than the armscye ends where they attach to the bodice. pair of sleeves means you can take one apart at a time and still have the other available to reference once you're ready to start putting it back together. hem end in focus means that whatever you change can be kept isolated to affect just that one area instead of cascading into a bunch of other inadvertent changes elsewhere on the garment. so yeah i say go for it. give it a try. work carefully and methodically and see how far you can get with it; worst that happens is you learn a detailed bit about how sleeve cuffs are constructed, get a better gauge on where your limits and skills currently stand, and end up taking the blouse partway finished to a tailor to complete the alteration. just remember: sewn stitches can be ripped out and ripped stitches can be re-sewn but there's no ctrl-z for cut fabric.
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>>10555605
Please update! I’d like to see how someone else does it before I potentially do it to one of my JSKs
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>>10550921
>>10550925
>>10550928
I was thinking about doing the exact same thing, a heart apron might be fun.

I should try to find that gloomy bear apron pattern too
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>>10555605

Interested to see the just waist mod, I'm another one looking to do it to my dress, too.

Heck, if you post just the one that you made before this or even just the steps I'd still be interested to see/read it.
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I'm super remote canadian, and have no access to irl fabric stores. where should i start for decent priced materials?
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>>10550925
Cut a long semi-oval twice the length of your waist and as tall as your skirt length minus approx 4 inches, trim with lace or a length of ruffled fabric, add pockets/patches and then gather the straight edge.

Sew it down to the middle of a rectangle that is the length of your waist + double the length you want for the band including 1 inch of seams.

Fold the rectangle in half and sandwich the gathers in between and sew it down. Voila, you have the apron in that picture.
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>>10557382
https://www.fabricwholesaledirect.com/
Has affordable basic fabric and some fancier ones too and solid shipping, quality wise you pretty much get what you pay for and there are discounts for bulk orders. Their patterned fabric is shit though
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Does anyone know if there’s any translations for this volume online anywhere? I picked it up from Kinokuniya the other day and while the pictures help, I want some clear details so I don’t fuck anything up
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>>10557382
I heard the internet has some pretty cool sites you can use. Try searching "fabric" and see what pops up.
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>>10557382
https://www.closetcorepatterns.com/the-ultimate-list-of-online-fabric-stores/
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Would anyone be interested in buying some fabric? It's not all enough to make a dress out of but I'd rather it go to someone who will use it instead of sitting in my storage
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>>10557520
use google translate app on your phone in picture mode. I don't think there's translations of any recent volumes of OnS
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>>10555605
I'd be interested in seeing your process, more dresses could do with a just waist.
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>>10560444
Oh shit, I didn’t think of that. Thank you!
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What is this kind of fabric called specifically? Where can I buy something like it?
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>>10562667
crochet
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>>10562667
>>10562681
the body is lace knit, the trim is crochet
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>>10562681
>>10562692
Zooming in, the fabric itself is knit and the trim is crochet. Is there a name for this style of knit with a design made with little holes, in this example the hearts? "Eyelet knit" didn't give me great results so I was hoping there was something more specific.
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>>10562800
Generally knits like that are knit in the factory. They don't cut fabric because it can be knit to the shapes needed.
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>>10562880

Nayrt but if I have an at home knitting machine (That old as seen on TV sweater maker), is there any chance I could do some of this openwork knit style in my own knit items?
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>>10562667
This is commonly referred to as a knitted lace. It's not impossible to find a knitted lace with a simple diamond pattern at fabric stores, but a heart pattern like this seems improbable. However it's a fairly simple thing to knit up yourself if you know how to, or are willing to learn.
Here's a similar looking pattern, the video tutorial is reallt helpful! https://www.studioknitsf.com/how-to-knit-lace-hearts-valentines-day-knit-stitch-pattern/
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>>10562899
Yes, but it'll likely look as heavy as this anons example. >>10562943
It'll also take a lot of manual changes with a machine like yours.
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>>10562880
I figured that would be the case but it didn't hurt to ask. Maybe someday I can afford a decent knitting machine, unfortunately I had to give up hand knitting due to carpal tunnel.
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>>10560436
Got a picture?
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Is there such thing as a trend in handmade lolita? I remember when rosettes were very in, or sashes. Is there anything that comes to mind in modern lolita?
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>>10563729
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places but I feel like I don't see as much actual handmade hyped in the community anymore. Even indie brands are mostly outsourcing these days. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong though, I'd love to see more.
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>>10563814
AYRT I was stressing not the handmade aspect, but rather the type of accessories that can be brand, or homemade, or indie. For example, rosettes could be brand, but it's the type of accessory that can be easily done without special skill or equipment, unlike a pleather bag, for example.
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>>10562667
It’s called ‘pointelle knit’.
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>>10563729
I think people who are on the oldschool trend are making themselves all kinds of things to fill out their wardrobes (see rr memorandum becoming a whole-ass business), and people who are on the OTT sweet trend are buying indie jewelry to supplement their hard-fought AP jewelry
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Any website or Etsy recommendations for where to get some cute printed fabric?
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>>10563849
uh, anon, pointelle is slightly different than what OP posted. the holes in pointelle are much much smaller (like your picture)
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>>10563849
>>10564017
I asked the question originally and still found that helpful for other reasons, thanks
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>>10564069
good for you? it's still important to be aware of.
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>>10550921
that one in your picture is just a gathered rectangle that's tapered at the ends into a semi circle type cut
You can make full aprons like that by measuring your waist, times that measurement by 1.5, or 2 if you want a fuller apron and then cut it out into a shape you like.
The ruffles are done the same way but measure the hem of the apron, and times it by 2-3.
Make your waistband from a rectangle long enough to tie around your waist, plus more for a decorative tied bow, then you just add on patch pockets and embellish as you like
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>>10563729
I think with the current trends it's harder to handmake unless you're doing, say, resin jewellery or miniatures to supplement your OTT sweet collection. It was easier with classic shit in 2013-15 that incorporated more normie things like those spray painted skewer madonna crowns and fucking flower crowns. Basically if you can hot glue it, then people do it.
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Here's a cute button idea I saw today
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>>10565420
That is adorable; I love it! Thanks for sharing anon!
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>>10565420
Probably a good idea to do this after sewing down the button the normal way with white string for security before doing the decorative stitch, but it is super cute!!
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>>10565481
If you use embroidery thread or something thicker it could easily work on its own I think.
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Are there any legal repercussions for making and selling something that is more or less a replica of a non print dress? I know it's frowned upon, but there are a lot of designs that are pretty generic and i know some people in these threads even make replicas sometimes purely for themselves.

I'm conflicted. It's like, for example, if a brand put out your basic tiered non print dress in a super common cut and colorway and someone copied it. would it be wrong?
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>>10566662
I doubt any jp brand would care to go after you since this stuff is hard to make and you wouldn’t have their recognition’. That being said. if you change things enough to make it your own design/dress, then I and others wouldn’t have a problem. Such as adding some ruffles and bows here. Or longer sleeves.
The dress designs are all modeled on other historical dress designs anyway.
The only issue is if i can look at your dress and immediately think of a specific AP or MmM dress. Like if you printed a gothic blue gate pattern on a black dress, that would be a no from me.
I want to look at the dress itself and not get distracted realizing you totally copied a release.
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>>10566662
For what it's worth sometimes brands release dresses that look really similar (I think both IW and Mary Magdalene have a bib OP that looks really similar, for example).
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How can I find a working a-line skirt pattern for a egl dress?
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>>10566684
yeah, for sure. fashion copyright is messy and unclear but as soon as you put art on it, it becomes art theft. Even if it was just a really similar print, it would be iffy. i'm more or less just kinda inspired by the blouses, which most people don't seem to buy on brand anyway.
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>>10566684
>>10567252
i agree with these two takes. i think it begins to tread replica territory if you copied, say, the btssb karami bodice and skirt and just added a bow at the waist. or, if you copied a thematic accessory (like the candy tulle on candy fairy) and just changed the bodice. when you get into the territory of no longer being inspired by another design, but are just tweaking small details to call it your own... that's when i think most people would consider it a replica
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>>10566772
Otome no sewing has traceable inserts for A Line OPs and skirts, all the books have been scanned to blogs somewhere, just search for the one that has the silhouette you like and buy the volume that has it
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Where do people find fabrics with really tiny prints? I'm trying to make a dress for a doll to go with one of my coords.
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>>10555605 here. As promised, I've returned. My dresses came in and I immediately started taking them apart. I've completely disassembled both the JSK and OP, added some lace to the bottom of the sleeves since AP sleeves are always just a little bit short on me, and fixed the lace on the bib since it was sewn on in such a way that taking the pieces of the dress apart made the lace start to fall off.

I will update but I have a bit of a dilemma first: I'm tempted to switch the lining for white lining since the dress's print looks so faded with a navy background. Here's the print with the default navy lining (top) vs the white lining (bottom). What do you guys think? It's more work and I'm kind of undecided because it has a bit of weird plasticy sheen that's more visible with a pale lining but I like how the white enhances the print.
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>>10568002
Quilting fabrics?
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>>10568065
you do get a nice, almost luminous contrast from the white lining. how visible is that sheen in real life though? if it looks just like it does in the photo, I'd probably stick to the navy.
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>>10568065
Navy looks way better
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>>10568065
First off, great job so far! I like what you're doing to the sleeves-- I find that sleeves can be slightly unflattering without that few extra cm of lace to round out the arms! I do think the navy lining looks way better. The print is certainly more "apparent" with pale lining, but it visibly washes it out. The navy color becomes closer to a royal blue, and the pinks/purples become muddied quite a bit (which sucks since the best part of navy colorways in sweet is how much the pastels pop!). Good work though gull, keep it up!
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>>10568068
It looks pretty similar irl. I kind of wonder if the lighter colorways have this problem now or if it's just because of the navy and white contrast.
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>>10568070
I agree that the navy bits are washed out, and that gave me pause too. Thanks for the advice gulls, I'll stick with the og navy. It certainly saves me some work.
Here's the extra lace on the sleeves (added from the JSK's straps) and the right is what a disassembled high waist OP bodice looks like (the back panels wouldn't quite fit in the shot so they're on top). The extra lace I'll be adding to the new bodice pieces are from the JSK.
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>>10568065
I like the lighter lining, but I considered doing the same to mine.
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>>10568002

Are we talking border prints or all-over prints?

All-over prints is just a matter of paying attention to scale, a lot of prints come in sizes small enough for dolls. You can try searching for "ditzy prints" as well (it just means small print).

Border prints, go to taobao and pop in 1/3 or 1/4 (or you doll size) 分 (part) 布 (fabric). There's companies that do digital custom print and do both doll sizes and human size (or just one and not the other). Be warned they can be a little bit hit-or-miss, check feedback photos from customers, etc before you buy.
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A random thought popped up in my mind yesterday concerning what niche needs to be filled when it comes to creating graphic tees. Are there any indie designers who make lolita/j-fashion themed graphic tees?

If there isn’t, I’m curious as to what designs or phrases everyone would be interested in wearing.
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>>10568091
thank you for sharing this! it's really interesting to see what it looks like all taken apart
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i really want to try to make this collar
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>>10564017
>>10564098
Greetings, Golden Turd. Always nice to see you floundering around trying to find something to criticize. There's no other way to communicate/interact with people, so keep seeking out things to nitpick!
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>>10568321
Seems very doable anon good luck! don’t forget to cut notches and iron!
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>>10568279
I would like to see nice floral and lace graphics as I feel like those could work across multiple substyles.

Most cutsew graphics are for sweet but I'd like to see things that trend towards gothic or maybe classic(?? I don't know if cutsews will ever work with classic, but maybe violins/musical illustrations, or other things inspired by vintage illustrations could work?

I like gothic cutsews with macabre fairytale illustrations like Yoh's and the ones FRILL makes, as well.
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>>10570541
Cutsew =/= graphic T shirt anon. They're any top made with knit material, and there are plenty that work with classic and gothic.
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>>10570561
...Ok? The question I was replying to was specifically asking about graphics and I thought it was clear that was the context I was speaking in.
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>>10570563
There's an anon in this thread being really pedantic for no reason. I understood perfectly what you were talking about, don't worry about them.
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Hi anons! I was hoping for some advice in mending a cutsew dress I bought as a fixer-upper, and encountered an unexpected issue. Apologies in advance if it's a dumb question with an easy solution, I've rarely dealt with cutsews.

So the dress originally had detachable cuffs which you can see the buttons left from in the pictures. One of the sleeve hems have come undone and I intended to remove all the buttons since the cuffs are gone and they're unneeded and just tack the loose hem, but then I noticed on the other sleeve that the topstitch is almost invisible from the outside. How is this achieved, is it a matter of the weight of the thread or the type of needle used?

While I do have a machine I was hoping to just mend this by hand since I have a perfect color match in thread, but I don't know if I have the right needles or thread weight to imitate the stitch on the other side so it doesn't look out of place. Any advice is appreciated!
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>>10570836
You just sew and take a bit of the fabric under the needles, not huge running stitches or anything. look up blind hems
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>>10570837
Thank you, I'll look at some videos
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are there any patterns available for cutsews, or cutsew dresses?? I'm okay with having to alter a normie one for puffy sleeves, not to confident in bodice and/or neckline alterations
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>>10578839
There's a few patterns in various Otome no Sewing volumes. Maybe some other anon has a more comprehensive list. It might be worth it to build your drafting skills since those kinds of patterns aren't as common.
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In the last thread I asked about hoodies and here's the pattern test (+added panda features) I made. I'm a bit surprised how easy it was to sew. Maybe I can make the classical hoodie I wanted to make but the pattern needs some heavy modifications for it.
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>>10578839
>>10578852

I'd go with the otome no sewing ones, or buy a commercial pattern and add puff sleeves.

Only ever saw limited few instructions for drafting that didn't start with "copy another one that already fits you".

If you need to check which volumes have which patterns, misscarolbelle.wordpress.com should have most of them. OnS 9 in particular is the one with cutsew blouses and two cutsew OPs. There's a hoodie in one of the others.
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>>10578852
>>10579031
thanks for the suggestions. ons9 is selling for waaay more than I'm willing to pay for it, so I'll go for the normie pattern with modified sleeves for the cutsew/parka and probably for the dress too(I really just need a bodice, the skirt's a rectangle after all)
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A while ago I bought a UV lamp for doing my nails so I though I'd get into UV resin.
Is there a big difference between the "classic" Aliexpress UV resin(the one with the leaf drawing in the label that many western stores rebrand) and more premium resins such as padico??
Are there more guides like the ones in pic related? books are fine as long as they include a lot of pictures since I don't speak japanese, so videos would be even better.
Ig/twitter accounts of other crafters for inspiration would be appreciated,too. Don't worry, I'm not selling anything I make.
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>>10579563
Anon I think you meant to post here >>10458855
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>>10579065
The entirety of the OnS cutsew pattern/tutorial is scanned on misscarolbelle which includes drafting instructions for all the pieces...
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I’m having a lot of trouble trying to find good mesh heart lace. I’ve been able to find things to fit my lace needs for bows, stars, etc. but no luck with heart lace. Does anyone have any good recs?
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>>10582909
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.5-c.w4002-2106052910.40.4a5b1718jZK5Td&id=17114824283 Here's one, not sure if that counts as good though.
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.5-c.w4002-2106052910.12.1ea01718aZtouD&id=614027113142 then there's this one, but it also has candies.

Also if you've already been to this store as it's an obvious choice for taobao then I apologize lol
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I'm curious: When this thread is called "handmade", does that mean that you design and sew the outfits? Does it mean that you know how to modify patterns and make clothes from them? Or at least sew "by ear" without patterns?

To what degree are you making these clothes? For example, is anyone making shoes?
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>>10583913
You're being polite and earnest, so I will answer.

>does that mean that you design and sew the outfits?
Some people use premade patterns, while others draft their own, modify existing ones, or they combine one or more existing patterns. But generally, yes, this thread is for lolita clothing that people sewed themselves.

>Does it mean that you know how to modify patterns and make clothes from them?
See above!

>Or at least sew "by ear" without patterns?
I would argue that's actually harder? I think what you're thinking of is called "draping" and it's when you take fabric, and a dress form (like a mannequin on a stand that's just the torso) and then you pin the fabric on the dress form and cut away the excess until you have the basic pattern for a piece of clothing. Then you further refine this pattern by sewing a test garment, and modifying it as needed. Lolitas probably don't need to do this as much as cosplayers would since cosplay costumes can be really off the wall, but in lolita it's more efficient to use an existing pattern, or draft one from instructions. Personally I don't know how to draft patterns from scratch or drape, and I've only sewn from premade patterns with basic modifications.

>To what degree are you making these clothes? For example, is anyone making shoes?
Lolitas have embellished, painted, or otherwise modified shoes before, but most people buy them. Cosplayers are the ones who tend to make their own shoes but again, y'know, it's because they're costumes. Lolita fashion is not a costume, so there isn't a point to making your shoes.
People make all sorts of things, it just depends on ability and what they like to do. They sew dresses, bloomers, blouses, petticoats, etc. Some crochet or knit accessories or outerwear, some girls make wristcuffs or gloves, some make jewelry. Some make their own headwear, to the point of doing actual millinery and making fancy hats from scratch. Some also design their own fabric and have it printed.
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>>10584077
he's not being polite and earnest. he's a sperg.
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>>10584077
Thanks for a very nice reply. So here is where people are likely to be more knowledgeable about the whole process of designing new things or adapting existing patterns. I agree that sewing without patterns is harder. The way I like to learn about something is to go and work through everything that's necessary to know, while I see that many people and yt channels recycle the same tired basic techniques, I don't see that tracing over something one already has affords the creative freedom of being able to adjust the design.

Regarding draping, If I'm not mistaken, it is what fashion designers did before patterning democratised the industry, and it favored one-off designs without any other specification to facilitate copying it other than having the item in front of you and having an eye for everything involved in recreating it. It's that 19th century feeling where "the latest from Paris" showed up at Moscow two months later after someone smuggled/replicated something they saw in a French party or something. Patterning put an end to that exclusivity and made distribution faster.

I have began to sew with a machine, and much of the process happens before I sit in front of it. While the machine itself is pretty easy to use, I have become somewhat saturated of women telling me how to thread it, or of men showing off how their vintage monster can sew through 16 layers of leather. All those people are just noise. I found a yt channel called Christopher Sartorial, who seems to be a retired professional, and I was trying to understand his process from measurements to pattern, when I found a website called fearlessmakers that seems to have a free webpage to enter measurements and produce custom-made patterns. That looks interesting. When I have my measurements ready I'll give that a go.

Ok, so, in short, good to know there are people here that can see their way through a pattern.
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>>10584306
>>10584185
>while I see that many people and yt channels recycle the same tired basic techniques, I don't see that tracing over something one already has affords the creative freedom of being able to adjust the design.
You gotta learn the basics first. It's like doing art and calling life drawing or basic perspective techniques "tired". They're the basics, they're the foundation you build on. Much like a high school art teacher drilling into students to start drawing real life instead of just anime, you have to know how to build a thing before you try and distort it. Many people learn sewing by first understanding easy premade patterns.

>I have began to sew with a machine, and much of the process happens before I sit in front of it.
Yes, that is definitely true. The hobby of sewing doesn't involve that much actual sewing, lol.

>>10584306
>While the machine itself is pretty easy to use, I have become somewhat saturated of women telling me how to thread it, or of men showing off how their vintage monster can sew through 16 layers of leather
I mean, you know, all that is common and basic beginner's advice, so you're gonna see a lot of it. Vintage machines get recommended frequently on /cgl/ because they are factually quite powerful (and a good investment).

>>10584306
>Ok, so, in short, good to know there are people here that can see their way through a pattern.
Honestly, there is no right or wrong way to do this as a hobby, so as long as you don't ignore foundation and try to take stupid shortcuts that will result in a subpar product or more work at the end of the day. Different priorities. Cosplayers that don't care about precisely tailored everyday wear will probably be happy to keep draping and won't give a shit about working off commercial patterns, and hobby seamstresses aren't going to stress about being able to draft a bodice block from scratch (that would be me, I use commercial patterns pretty much exclusively and for now I am happy to do so).
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I am considering making my own lace sock toppers.
Like a garter that I can pin to OTK socks since I am too tall for brand ones and off brand ones tend to look cheap in my experience.
Has anyone tried this? I would like to take the lace off the brand socks I have eventually, but I want to play around with it extensively before I try something so ambitious.
I am willing to sew them on to the sock directly as well, just want to try multiple ways before I commit. I am just so sick of being disappointed buying socks.
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>>10584899
I haven't made a garter before, but I have added lace to the tops of socks by sewing it straight onto them directly. The key is to gather your lace first, then make sure you sew the lace to the sock while it's stretched (I pull it on both sides of the needle as I feed it through)
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>>10584912
Did you gather it like you would a ruffle then?
I think I understand. I will try it with some scrap lace on an old sock and see how it goes.
Thank you for the tip.
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>>10584945
Yes, but I only gather is a little because unless you're maxing out your socks, they scrunch up a little bit on your legs naturally. If you want, I can send you a picture of mine when I get home!
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>>10584960
I would love that, thank you!
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>>10584899

Sock toppers are pretty much like wristcuffs, so searching for the latter would probably get you more hits.
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I'm interested in the honey cake listing on LM right now, particularly because it has some pet damage.

I have some cats and dogs so I'm looking for tips for making dress repairs for damages like pic related.
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>>10587130

I think looking up things like darning or general instructions for repairing holes in jeans and things would be helpful. The fact that it came from a pet doesn't make it any different than a normal rip or cut in fabric which isn't too tough to mend.
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>>10587148
I have in fact! But I was wondering how people fixed patterned cloths in particular.
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>>10587343
It's just a matter of using the right color of materials on each section of the pattern ig. Maybe someone else has more specific advice.
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>>10587130
Ironing on interfacing on the backs of the tears would stop them from getting any worse and make the hole less visible.
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>>10550835
I’m sad I couldn’t get this set. I’m thinking of buying the bag and cutting it up to sew into a kumya outfit.
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>>10587130
Unfortunately any mend you do will be visible. Like the other anons said, your best bet is to use some iron on interfacing on the inside to stabilize the fabric and then use color matched thread to darn the holes with. Or you can play up to the the fact that it's visible by choosing to place an appropriate patch (like a bear's face or maybe one that's snack themed) to make it part of the design. I hope you're getting it dirt cheap because those holes make it essentially trash for a buyer
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>>10587378
It's not currently bidding for usual HC prices. So still cheaper and better than the shitty poly one which is basically a trash bag and always selling for $500+

I was also going to suggest matching patches or intentional designs in stitching that are aesthetic as well. I've seen some people on ig swap out very plain AP lace on pieces for really cute decorative lace and trim, like alterations that make the piece unique rather than change the size. Those kinds of things would be really cool. With HC you could easily do tiny red or brown hearts or something cute like that.
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Where does one find the patterns for this type of thing?
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>>10584964
Hi anon, hope you're still here. Here's a sock I made out of a pair of tights. I accidentally sewing the elastic to the outside, but it doesn't matter because the lace covers it. Hope this helps!
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>>10589208
I am and thanks!
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How crazy am I if I alter my burando solids to add side seam pockets? I add pockets to my normie clothes all the time, and even though I don't plan to ever sell my lolita, I still have a crazy fear about altering and resale value. I'm definitely too scared to alter print dresses at all, but solids are okay, right?
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>>10589245
I can’t speak for others but I’m fine with this personally and I’d buy a dress with well-done pockets any day.
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>>10589245

>tfw I've been altering my print dresses with pockets

Colour-matching is probably the most annoying thing. That, and print dresses are usually cut with only one side seam, I usually dart the other side to hide the pocket.

I've never sold any of the ones I added pockets to, though, so I can't speak to the resale value. They get more valuable to me and I'm way less likely to sell them after I add pockets.
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>>10589245
Sometime you see altered brand (done well) go for more on Lace Market. It is usually for people making stuff bigger, but if the pockets are done well I think someone will find value in it.
If you mess up that is a different story, but you know that going in.
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>>10589245
can't speak for other anons but small alterations like pockets are cute and I would totally buy it secondhand
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>>10588747
Did you drop your pic anon?
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>>10589245
If it’s well done it wouldn’t prevent me from buying anything
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I've never had a jsk with a detachable collar before, but I'd like to make one. Are they just attached with buttons on the wrong side of the bodice and straps? Thanks in advance!
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>>10592267
That's exactly how they're attached.
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>>10592267
Sometimes they're not even attached to the straps depending on the shape, just the bodice.
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>>10592267
I have a hoodie dress with a detachable collar, and it has loops on the detachable collar and buttons on the inside of the hoodie collar WHICH SNAG ON MY HAIR EVERY FUCKING TIME. 1/10 would not recommend.
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Has anyone drilled glass before? I'm preparing to make some matching jewelry for the pic related prints and I was thinking of using some doll jugs and plates to make necklaces and bracelets. I'm planning on following the guide below but other than the fact it's risky to bring a drill near water, what are your thoughts?

https://www.eternaltools.com/blog/how-to-drill-sea-glass
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>>10592707

If you're using doll miniatures, there's a high chance most of them are plastic instead of real glass. You could also look into getting rements. Plus there's a few sets of resin molds for miniature dishware, teaware, jugs, potion bottles, etc on taobao, you might be able to commission something from a resin artist, or ask the crafting thread (if it comes back from dead).

Then you can drill them like plastic instead, and superglue/resin glue/epoxy glue things together. Easier than trying to drill actual glass. Though this isn't what you asked.
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>>10592707
Not glass, but I used these types of bits + technique to put holes into old porcelain mugs for plants with a cordless drill and it was completely fine.

I dunno if the entire thing necessarily needs to be immersed in water, just that there should be water immediately around the area you're trying to make a hole in and starting at an angle to get the initial notch/stabilization before straightening the drill is important to getting the hole through without cracking the entire thing.

Regarding >>10592766 's suggestion, just keep in mind that drilling resin or plastic sort of needs water too because you don't want that shit flying about in the air even while wearing a mask.
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I'm interested in getting into sewing, though I'm lost on what sewing machine to get.
I eventually would like to make my own clothes, but I figured I'd start small and make doll clothes first.
I'd like something long lasting obviously, but also I have no much home space.
So something overly large wouldn't be ideal.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
My budget isn't anything too low, but I'd prefer around $200. I'm willing to go higher, of course, for something that fits my needs more.
Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask.
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>>10592766
>>10592846
Thanks for the tips! I was considering buying a vintage doll tea set and drilling holes into it but resin casting sounds infinetly better compared to my wacky plan.
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>>10592909
Most sewing machines are around the same size, unless you get a vintage machine that has its own table, or an industrial machine (which is not what you want, lol).
For super bare bones sewing, all you really need is a straight stitch and a zig zag. If you only wanted to make doll clothes, a cheap sewing machine like the cheaper Singer would probably be enough. They start around like $100-150 and you can find them at Walmart and other big box stores. The problem with them is that over time they just don't last that well, and probably won't last you if you transition into making regular clothes. One option for you would be to find a second hand machine at a flea market, thrift store, etc. that is older. Machines from the 80s or earlier were made with metal parts and usually work great after you have them serviced. You could also check local dealers and see what they have in store if you want a new machine. Some places will sell you a refurbished machine for cheaper and many come with warranties, although this route is gonna be more expensive.

My personal choice of brand is Janome. I got mine like 7 years ago at a trade show, so it was at a significant discount. Switching to it from a cheap machine made all the difference for me. The best thing about is how hardy it is; it can sew through four layers of faux fur and act like it's nothing. Same with denim. It's great. Other (optional) features I really love include: automatic threader, automatic buttonhole maker, electronic sewing control (allows me to really slow down and be more precise), and it's self lubricating so it never needs oiling.
My mother also has a Janome; I got it for free from my high school teacher. It was really old. It was totally broken at the time, but my father opened it up and repaired it (just needed cleaning and soldering some broken contacts) and my mother now has a machine that works like it cost $400 for actually cost $0.
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Gulls, I need some design advice. I bought a black skirt recently, but irl it's a weird shade that looks bad with every black blouse I have so I decided to get a blouse that matches the mint/seafoamy color in the print, but I specifically want one that's cotton and meant for being worn over a skirt so I'm going to make it. I had this blouse pattern on hand, but wanted advice before I made a mock-up:

Does this style work? Would it look better to leave the sleeves plain since they're already going to be a little ruffled, go with some trim and maybe some ribbon at the flounce seam like the right arm, or use the elasticized sleeve in the top left? I was thinking about having just 2 small rows of ruffles under the collar seam like I drew, but I like the pleated collars on the shirts I pasted in. My worry is just that I don't want it to look like every piece of the blouse clashes. Also, I didn't plan to put anything down the front since it's not a separate button placket, but I can adjust the pattern to make it one if that would look better.

If it matters, the skirt I'm matching is a sweet print and the ruffles or pleats are going to be the shirt fabric. Sorry if I seem indecisive, I'm better at visualizing once I start making things, but not much in the planning stages. Thanks in advance.
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>>10593354
hey anon, if you're deadset on making it you can but I found one from strawberry witch which may be the same color you're looking for. It's in the worn thread. >>>10592787 I'm trying to see if it will fit a bluish green skirt I bought but im not sure if it will fit. Either way, this one is cotton and may be of use in making a few coords.
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>>10593354
I think it would be cute if you trimmed the collar with the same lace you use to trim the hem and sleeves. I think using a small lace on the sleeves and a bigger lace on the hem, and then stacking the small lace on top of the larger lace at the collar would look super good! I hesitate when it comes to pleats because if you're a begginner they can look sloppy if not done perfectly. Also, you might want it to be more fitted at the waist? haven't seen the pattern worn but most lolita blouses meant to be work over skirts tend to have more of a dramatic, almost peplum-style cut to really emphasize the smaller waist in comparison with a floofy skirt
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>>10593397
Ooh, right on time, anon! Thanks for letting me know. I'll still make a shirt, but get this too just for some variety. Going to follow that thread to see how the color actually looks too.

>>10593411
Thanks for the tips! The waist isn't terribly loose, but I planned to take it in anyways.
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does anyone know the best way to make an op bigger? it's literally only like 2/3cm the zipper is on the back but it has zero shirring
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>>10594145
get it altered
with a 2-3 cm difference there might be enough material to let the seam out a bit (I've had that done with a jsk and the end result was great, ymmv depending on the dress though)
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>>10593267
Thanks for this! It'll def help me out a lot!!!
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>>10592909
>>10594533
I got a Brother XR9550PRW sewing machine for a bit over 200 dollars on amazon recently, and as a beginner that's starting to maker clothes, it has everything I need and more. It has an automatic upper threader and bobbin threader, as well as many embroidery stitches and different feet. I've heard good things about the Janome machines myself, and I think the other anon's advice is pretty good. I think if you won't need to sew many layers or heavy fabrics, somethfor cheaper should be fine especially as a beginner.





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