Here we discuss sewing, lace-making, knitting, crocheting, beadwork, claywork and other lolita crafts
>What craft(s) can you do?>What is your current project?
i love old schoolers who make pieces for themselves <3 never change
>What craft(s) can you do?I can sew and crochet>What is your current project?A simple tiered skirt with cotton lace for casual coords
>>10661325Can sew, crochet, learning to knit and hand embroider. Currently waiting for a new sewing table to arrive in the mail so I can set up my machine in my new apartment and start on either a blue velvet or cotton strawberry-chan inspired print OP.
>>10661324Is it okay to post other jfashion related crafts here? I found a cute patterned crochet sweater tutorial from some random girl I got reccomended on YouTube and it might be good for people wanting to make casual pastel or fairy kei sweaters: https://youtu.be/v459LyAfS3wThis one also came up: https://youtu.be/V6u-SMh4y0w
>>10661324I haven’t done much knitting since I was younger, but I’ve picked up clay making again! I love making miniatures for my dolls!
>>10661386OP here. Yeah, I think it's ok
>>10661324same anon from >>10661297 , where do you guys buy that nice quality cotton old school lace? Trims, beading lace, and rose lace!
>>10661325>>What craft(s) can you do?Sewing, I Can crochet but rarely do so, embroidery, basic jewelry stuff.>>What is your current project?Adding a thick lining to a brand tote. It doesn't need it overly much, but i am trying to work through fabric and this might help the bag last longer.
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?Can sew, embroider and make traditional teddy bears, currently learning artificial flower making and crocheting >What is your current project?Tiny crocheted straw hats and fascinators for my 1/6 scale dolls!
>>10661325>>What craft(s) can you do?sew, crochet, basic knitting (also just got a flatbed knitting machine), basic embroidery, some wig making (but not styling), leathercraft, learning to spin. i also have access to an industrial embroidery machine but the software gives me a headachewould like to learn bobbin lace, point lace, silversmithing/jewelry making, and tatting. also do non /cgl/ crafts like welded metal sculpture, blacksmithing, and am dabbling a bit in woodturning but don't care much for it (i like metal more)>>What is your current project?a dressform, some crochet stuff like a kerchief, a boring leather wallet, a leather purse, a stupidly expensive wig for a cosplay, then some heart shaped aprons and maybe a skirt with a wool applique made with tambour embroidery for casual wear
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?A lot of. I can sew, crochet, knit and tat. Also I know different types of embroidery, like cross-stitch and satin stitch. >What is your current project?A gothic op, with tatted lace collar, handmade lace (voluminous stitch over fabric with eyelets) and a cross and rose embroidery
Anyone have any tips for turning an op into a jsk?
>>10662601cut the sleeves off.
>>10662581Any WIP shots?
Where I can find OnS in eng online to download?
>>10662607>i can't sew haha
>>10661406Unfortunately I can't help you with local shops. Hope you'll get well soon! And an advice for future sewing projects - just buy lace on Ali (or Tao if you use it). On your local shops you'll get the same lace you buy on Ali but by ~x5 price.
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?Sew almost everything and make jewelry from metal findings. Also not long ago I've learned how to do eva foam flowers and now I'm learn how to do flowers made of fabric.>What is your current project?Classic OP in style of old MMM, I make it from nice b&w cotton that I bought very cheap; off-white rectangle headdress cause Meta one that I've got is ivory and doesn't match the rest of my wardrobe.
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?i can sew and hand embroider, i used to knit but haven't in a long time.>What is your current project?taking a break from diy lolita stuff for con crunch, but my most recent project was a skirt and a matching tote bag
>>10662728What are some good Ali/Taobao shops to buy quality lace, anon.
>>10661406if you like grey Belarus has some good shit, but I hate grey so I have none
>>10661324Can any of you share books? Pdfs, anything goes. I want my mom 2 lrn2 neck and wrist thingies, and button thingies too. Not necesarily lolita, but it'd be cool for lolita ones too.
>>10662885>Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe.anon im so confused
>>10662945https://fuwa-fuwa-fashion.blogspot.com/2018/09/otome-no-sewing-book-1-english.html?m=1Here you can download OnS in English, it has step by step tutorials.
>>10662703Then ,why ask if you can't make use of the tip you requested? Honestly confused.
>>10662695>>10662945Japanese definitions used in sewinghttp://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/japanese-sewing-terminology-a-list-of-translated-terms/http://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/2012/01/17/understanding-a-typical-japanese-sewing-pattern/Old resource from FYeah Lolitahttp://www.fyeahlolita.com/p/lolita-tutorials.htmlBox pleated A-Line skirthttps://sew-loli.livejournal.com/1760638.htmlLJ for other peoples' projectshttps://sew-loli.livejournal.com/Miss Carol Belle:Includes GosuRori, GLB, Otome No Sewing, COS!, youtube tutorial to follow drafting,https://misscarolbelle.wordpress.com/list-of-patterns/https://www.youtube.com/c/ModealaBelle/videosI had also bookmarked http://gotadebaunilha.blogspot.com/ - I believe they were uploading Otome no Sewing patterns as well, but it seems they have restricted who can view their blogOtome no Sewing Vol 1 [ENGLISH]https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1uvrexAXttCD5enNkOP_4T3b4zCh6KiRRAssortment of GLB and vintage patterns - Haven't had the chance to read these yet, but it's been in my bookmarkshttps://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/11shRENuDAi4_3dGuLIcgpd-IYgS2VVGEAdditional Guide:https://docs.google.com/document/d/135yAcnRsL6OXv42AAFV_TyMfAF46tvZuJGyK1QKN1Q8/editI'm currently working on a Google Spreadsheet where I'll be collating all the patterns and resources available, catagorised into cut or feature type e.g: JSK or partial shirring and then referencing it to which pattern is applicableI've been putting it off for a while, but maybe I'll start working on it again if people are interested.
>>10663205Just to clarify, the Google Docs listed isn't mine, I'm working on a separate one
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?I can sew at an advanced-beginner level (my focus is cosplay, crafts like basic plushies, and in the future I want to make clothing for my wardrobe). In the future, I want to take up hand embroidery to do some visible mending and personalizing.>What is your current project?I had to put them all down at the moment for school/work, but:Primary: Commission of Maid-Sama Plushies for a friendSecondary: Maid Ichigo cosplay from Tokyo Mew Mew (It's like 80% done and watching it sit there is so frustrating, but I have no goddamn time or energy rn)Tertiary: Tackling my pile of project clothes. They need tailoring, mending, or flipping to make them wearable and make their way back into my closet.
>>10663030>>10663205Bless you ladies!
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?Crochet, sewing, little bit of embroidery but still practicing>What is your current project?Setting up a shop selling handmade old-school style headdresses with crochet lace!
>>10661487this sounds super cool anon! i hope they turn out well!
Crocheting is so much fun!
Can anyone think of any good aristo headgear to make? I have hats and that's fine but huge hats aren't for every situation and i want to sew something nice
I have a bunch of pdfs of japanese crochet books (including a few that were originally japanese but are now in mandarin for some reason) and vintage (19th century thru 50s) crochet and knitting patterns so I'm sharing the nice stuff from them so you don't have to pay actual money for them like I did/spend time tracking down the free ones. I've also got some stuff on embroidery if there's interest in that
>>10665161pt 2 of this chart
This was actually a free pattern that came from a whole website of free Japanese crochet and knitting patterns that had been translated into English, and I unfortunately cannot remember the name of it
Requires a hairpin lace loom (you might be able to do it with one of those flower looms in all honesty) but some very cool hairpin lace motifs that would be great linked as a shawl or bolero
Last one for now because I don't want to clog up this thread. Some filet heart motifs. 4chan gave me a file too big error so hopefully these aren't too grainy
>>10665186The left edge of the lower chart was cut off in the original pdf for some reason but you can infer what's supposed to be there as long as you aren't a total beginner
Thank you, anon!
>>10662581Do you needle tat or shuttle tat? I want to learn cro-tatting and have some speciality hooks for it but it kinda scares me
>>10665164I remember the website now. It's https://gosyo.co.jp/english/index.html
>>10665937I shuttle tat, its easy, but takes a lot of attention
>>10665937tatting is incredibly easy and enjoyable, check out rustikate on youtube for decent tutorials, crotatting is really related to needle tatting, so needle tatting info should get you started
i'm working on knitting my first lolita cardigan! it was near impossible to find a simple cropped cardigan pattern without any bells and whistles, so i just took my measurements, knit a swatch, and have been doing everything myself. the front pieces and back are done, working on sleeves now.maybe once i'm done i can write up a knitting "recipe" for making something similar, because i'm not a pro pattern designer and don't really know how to account for sizes other than mine. would that be something of interest?
>>10666981Please, I need more patterns for my virtual stash
Hope you gulls don't mind me posting some inspiration of actually good handmade lolita and lolita-ble items. Probably will be mostly crochet, knitting, and tatting since I haven't had the time to sew lately and I can take those with meStarting with these bows (source: http://romantic-a-la-mode.com/13shousai/AnnaRivers.html)
>>10667065they'd be cuter without the flowers but posting anyways to prove not all crocheted wristcuffs are fuglysource: https://www.etsy.com/listing/765791444/crochet-cuffs-bracelet-wedding-lace
>>10667082Dropped image like an idiot
>>10667065Thanks for the mini dump anon, I'll post some too.
is a set such as this one very difficult to make for a beginner?
>>10667392If you have a pattern and practice getting your stitches neat, then not too tough. But something like this is so simple if you are a beginner that every little mistake will stand out.
could someone tell me where i can find printable pattern pdfs online for such cute dresses?
>>10667502how do they diy them then ?
>>10667505Learn to draft patterns. It isn't as hard as it seems if you follow the basic principles
>>10667505Pattern drafting. Some lolita magazines like OnS have instructions with some lines to trace but you still need some Japanese (or none but a little is easier) some drafting skills, and the money to pay out the ass for the more popular volumes with good patterns.
>>10667065I actually have the pattern for something similar (although unfortunately very low quality) to this due to my e-pattern hoarding. If you want more lolita-able patterns let me know. I have suitable patterns in knitting, crochet, tatting, a few bobbin lace patterns (not a craft I do yet though), some basic handbag and leather patterns, a handful of embroidery patterns, and some interesting applique/patchwork patterns that aren't really suitable for lolita are still really cute.
>>106688213/3I just started tatting but I hope to make this soon, although this is meant for shuttle and I'm using a needle/double ended hook
Hi everyone my grandmother just gifted me a sewing machine and i'd love to know How old is it?it seems very old, I'd love to know what deaid it is from(enless this is the wrong thread for that kinda stuff)
>>10669806the copyright for the machine is in the user manual. It will also clearly mention your model number in there; google / ebay for extra parts; first suggestion is a ruffle foot.Protips; >always pre-wash and dry your fabric the way you will launder it in the future BEFORE cutting anything out.>always finish edges of fabric pieces with a straight stitch or a zigzag before actually sewing the pieces together.>always iron everything between steps of assembly>learn some basic hand sewing skills. Your work will always look best if you do some key points by hand and not by machine.good luck
Honestly this is a dumb fucking question but do I really need special needles to knit lace? I can do basic knitting and I've crocheted lace before, but I really want to knit lace. It's delicate in a way crochet lace isn't.I've seen needles with longer tips being advertised as being for lace and I've also seen some people recommending using wooden needles, which personally I cannot stand (I like all my hooks and tools to be metal, preferably steel). I'd like to purchase a good set of metal interchangeable needles and I'm torn between getting ones meant for lace and ones meant for general purpose.
>>10669853>always finish edges of fabric pieces with a straight stitch or a zigzag before actually sewing the pieces together.Not correct. You are thinking of fray check. Finishing stitches should be sewn after each seam is sewn. Sew the seam and sew the finishing stitch.>always iron everything between steps of assemblyAgain incorrect. Use a steamer. Unless OP can't afford anything else, there is no reason in the current year to ever use a traditional iron unless it's for pleating or something.
Has anyone lowered the waist on a high waist dress? I saw a taobao dress that I think looks gorgeous but it has a slightly high waist. I'm considering buying it but before I do I'm hoping to get some tips for altering it. I was thinking of chopping off the upper portion of the Skirt and making a plain rectangular bodice extension but is that stupid? Pic is similar, but not the same as the dress I saw
>>10670932>Again incorrect. Use a steamer.Nta but you're just nitpicking a personal preference thing at this point. Using an iron isn't "incorrect."
>>10670932Anon is right in the sense that SOME fabrics should have their edges finished right away before assembly because they'll fray uncontrollably if you look at them wrong. If you've ever worked with silk satin or any other fabric that's floating a lot of threads, you know what I'm talking about.
>>10670957Anon that will look terrible. Just save your money and buy something that fits or make something from scratch that fits your proportions
>>10670957Where is that dress from?
>>10670932Fray check is an adhesive-related substance that can leave a rough edge. I finished the raw edges of a jacket in that stuff once and basically never wore it again after the first time out; the fray check kept rubbing against my skin and leaving marks. Zig-zagging along the edge or using a binding seam just does the job without risk of making the garment uncomfortable. I'd say fray check is okay for doing the edge of anything that will be turned over twice (think a skirt hem) but nothing where it might touch your body.
>>10671069I cannot believe that anon suggested using fray check over just overlocking or zig zagging raw edges. Some people are so lazy
>>10671069>>10671073also using pinking shears works to limit fraying on tons of fabrics as well
Feel like there's not enough diy stuff for gothic out there so I'm sharing some vintage filet crochet charts I found that would make great edgings or insertions. Hopefully this is legible, the scan I got this from was pretty low quality
>>10671081You can find countless charts like these by searching for church lace crochet, church lace filet crochet, etc. I' have some really cool charts for cherubs and angels but they're way too big to fit on a lace trim
>>10671086This one isn't gothic but it's too cute not to share. It'd look great combined with a scalloped edge. I'm sure someone has a use for it
>>10671087And if filet isn't your thing I've got normal edgings too. I prefer charts but I've got some prose instructions for some really beautiful vintage edgings too
>>10670932Maybe I'm just stupid but how to you press your seams flat with a steamer?
>>10672598>stock photo shows the model wearing it without a blouseI'm aware I'm being autistic but I cannot stand this. It never looks right. I'm a firm believer that your shoulders and armpits should be covered in lolita
>>10673751At least they actually styled it like it was a hot day and she was outdoors, rather than just leaving out a blouse for no reason as they usually do.
>>10661325>What craft(s) can you do?Sewing but only for accessories
>>10671084I'm totally going to crochet this
Looking for more girly/fancy knitting or cross-stitching designs, if anyone has any!
Anyone have anything on beading?
>>10679465What kind? Like for beaded applique? In general Native American two needle techniques are pretty solid
>>10673751Thats very handmaidens take of you
Anyone here as obsessed with the way embroidery looks as I am?
>>10679465I saved a few things as inspo.
>>10680174I spy peyote stitch
>>10680181Also for beads: I prefer Toho to miyuki, but I wouldn’t bother with any generic Czech beads, they tend to be super inconsistent.
>>10680181Yeah it's surprisingly hard to find the right style for lolita.This book has some really cute ideas though.
>>10680181Aw I used to peyote a lot. Double stitch>>>> single stitch because it stacks up easier, but still time consuming. Japanese beading in general is so cute. Beading can easily look kind of grandma in a 1980s Karen way, but Japanese beading is quite simple and without the weird Karen touches.
>>10680169This almost makes me want to take up beadwork. Almost. I don't need another hobby to spend money on
>>10680318>>10680199I've got a small folder of beading stuff even though I don't do it (I'm just addicted to downloading craft ebooks), I'll share some nice inspo I found (and can post patterns if anyone wants them). I've also got books specifically about crocheting, knitting, and tatting with beads but I'll stick to beadwork for now. This is from a book about bead weaving on a loom
>>10680166The Priscilla Bead Work Book (which you can freely download as it's a book from 1912 now in the public domain) has instructions for a similar necklace
Unfortunately the scan I have of this Japanese publication is pretty low quality but I can post the instructions if anyone wants them.
Some bead weaving designs from a British bead magazine that don't totally suck and could work for gothic
>>10680428This one isn't gothic I just thought it was interesting
>>10680429Also not gothic. The instructions say this bezel would take about 3 hours to make
>>10680396Please do share anon! I also love collecting patterns and inspiration.>>10680399Agreed, definitely looks similar. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to search up the pattern.
>>10680434I'm finishing up my search through that british bead magazine (there is a lot of ugly garbage in there but occasionally something classy that could work for classic or gothic), I'll post the pattern for the purse in a moment
>>10680435This would look nice with an artificial flower at the center instead of a bead or as the outer border of a rosette
I think I'm out of decent beading examples (let me know if you want any of the patterns for the one above though and I'll post them) so I'm going to share some more crochet since I've got 32GB of crochet stuff saved
This is shown on the model as a top but I think it would be a great bolero
>>10680448Do you have the titles of the books you mentioned about knitting/crocheting with beads? I have a hard time finding books like this for some reason.
>>10675353I've got a lot of cross stitch charts and about 17gb of knitting stuff saved, are you looking for colorwork charts? I've got plenty of those.
>>10680454Oh my thats adorable, the teddybear would look great on a totebag
>>10680452Here's a list of every single book about beaded knitting and crochet I have saved. Most have boring normie patterns but can help you with the basic techniquesYou can find these free online if you visit certain shadow library type sites (I don't think I'm allowed to link to those)English language:>Knit One, Bead Too>Beaded Crochet Designs (This book also has peyote stitch/bead weaving despite the title)>Tapestry Bead Crochet>Learn to Bead Crochet (generic title might make it hard to find. it's published by American School of Needlework, now owned by Annie's/DRG publishing)>Embellished Crochet - Bead, Embroider, Fringe, and More>Bead Crochet Snakes>Bead Crochet RopesJapanese (I've included photos of the covers and names of publishers of these because they tend to have very generic names and sometimes go by different names depending on how the title was translated)>Beads Knitting (Not sure of the publisher of this one. Google translate gave me "Kotomi Hayashi" for the author and "Cultural Press" for the publisher)>Beads Crochet Edging (Nihon Vogue)>Beads Work Motif Edging Braid (Asahi)>Beadswork Mini Motif Pattern (Asahi)>Handmade Beads Crochet (Seibido)Hope this helps! Bonus: I have a book about beaded macrame called "Beaded Macrame Jewelry"
>>10680454Instructions pt 1
A knit bolero with crochet edging from the March 2005 issue of the Japanese knit and crochet magazine "Amu"
>>10680465Same magazine, but the June 1982 issue. I should mention that this top is knit with ribbon/tape type yarn but I think you'd be okay with normal yarn if you used a similar weight. I've found some really nice romantic and girly designs for knitting, crochet, and sewing in publications from the 80s
>>10680461Thank you anon!
Anon asking about cross-stitch: I did not forget about you. I'll pull up some nice designs I have. This one is actually a chart for a gift tag, but I only really like the rabbit. Sorry the left side of the scan is fucked up
In a different color scheme I think this could be cute
Simple animal motifs
Almost at the image limit so here are some strawberries. I hate this wall hanging but I like the individual motifs
>>10680480Last one, various fruits
>>10680482Nevermind, we aren't at the image limit, I just can't read
More cross stitch. These aren't charts, but you should be able to figure them out by just looking at them because they're small designs
Thanks for the dump, anon!
Last one. Kind of a bad pic but hopefully you can make out the chart printed on the front
>>10680469God bless you anon
I just downloaded several issues of a Russian bead magazine so I'm back with more beads. The translation I got from Google translate is basically>follow figure 1 and weave two identical cross bases using shown technique (figure 2 shows dimensions of the base)>sew beads on front of cross according to figure 3>place cross bases on top of each other and sew together at the sides, add additional beads to end, and sew onto a chain
>>10681348Photo of finished items
>>10681348imma translate the whole thing, one sec, I dont bead so there may be some wrong words but you can understand. If something doesnt make sense @ me and I will say the alt words for it
>>10681348>>10681349hey im back >>106813819. Pendant – CrossIntertwine two identical bases in a “weaving” technique without a loom (Figure 1). On figure 2 the sizes of the base are shown. Then sew(?) the face side of the cross according to Figure 3. Then line both of them up (or like put them back to back same meaning) the bases of both parts and sew them together connecting them by the sides, adding additional beads as you do so. At the end sew the cross to a chain.
If you will excuse the bad collage, I found instructions for a candy pendant. Admittedly, the colors this magazine chose to do it in were quite ugly but I think in a different color scheme and on a simpler chain it could work
Shown as cell phone charms but I think it would be cute as earrings
The title of this book is "complex beads" so that may be an indication of the difficulty of these patterns (I don't bead or read Japanese so I can't tell you)
I've got a near endless supply of crocheted and knit cardigan patterns so here is one for a wide-necked crocheted cardigan (in the photo on the model she is wearing nothing underneath so I censored it)
>>10681770I also like the pattern for the bolero shown in the lower half of the page
A written vintage pattern for a jabot (pictured)Materials Required - AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY "STAR" or "GEM" MERCERIZED CROCHET COTTON.1 Large Ball Size 30 White.Steel Crochet Hook Number 12 or 13. (my note: I believe this is 1mm or 0.85mm)Ch 108, d c in 5th st from hook, * ch 1, skip 1 st, d c in next st, repeat from * across ch, ch 3, turn.2nd Row. Work 1 d c in each d c and 1 d c in each ch, ch 4, turn and work 1 more row of 1 ch meshes, ch 8, turn.4th Row. S c in 1st mesh, * ch 7, s c in next mesh, ch 7, s c in same mesh, repeat from * to corner mesh, in corner mesh work 7 loops, work 4 loops over end d c, 7 loops in next corner and work other side to correspond, ch 8, turn and work 14 more rows of 7 ch loops, ch 8, turn.19th Row. S c in 1st loop, * ch 4, in next loop work 2 d c, 4 ch picot, and 2 d c, ch 4, s c in next loop, ch 7, s c in next loop, repeat from * across row, ch 8, turn.20th Row. Work a shell in each 7 ch loop and work a 7 ch loop over each shell. Repeat last row twice.Starch with a thin starch if desired and iron while still damp.
Another jabot I can't copy and paste here because 4chan says the comment is too longhttps://freevintagecrochet.com/collar-patterns/spool81/2216-neckband-jabot-patternYou need size 50 crochet thread, a button, and a 1.1mm or 1mm hook for this one
Some nice examples proving tatting isn't limited to doilies and edgings. I have the patterns for all of these but some of the scans are low quality. They're all meant for shuttle but could be done on the needle with some determination.
Vintage pattern for a simple knit cardigan with a scalloped edge
anyone tried making their own stockings using stretchy fabric
does anyone have any rectangle headdress patterns or tutorials that they can share?im a beginner but i couldnt find a headdress to match my dream dress so decided i should try making one
>>10684675im also looking for a decent pattern :p
>>10684675>>10684684The GLB definitely had multiple rectangle headdress patterns but I can't recall which ones exactly.You can make a fine rectangle headdresses without a pattern though. I mean, it's basically just two rectangles of fabric sewn together, tastefully decorated with some lace on top plus ribbons to tie it or something to clip it on your hair/wig on the bottom side, and voilà. It's one of the easiest things to make from total scratch imo.
>>10661325>What crafts(s) can you doBasic sewing and embroidery.>What is your current projectAdding pockets to a skirt.
>>10684675>>10684684GLB vol.3 has one, I can scan it if you really need a pattern. I believe I have one from a lolita zine as well, but like >>10684694 said, they're super easy to make from scratch, even if you have no pattern drafting experience.
>>What craft(s) can you do?Bead jewelry>>What is your current project?Nothing at the moment, looking for inspiration.
My current project is turning a stuffed animal into a purse. It’s a really old plushie from maybe the 1970s, it was a ‘talking’ stuffed animal and had a nonworking battery and speaker inside it. There was a broken zipper on the bottom too. and i realized it can fit some stuff inside!. I took the battery out, but had to cut up the bottom of the plushie a bit to get it out. My plan is to cover the bottom part with some cloth and re-add the zipper there.Currently finished washing it and removed all the gross stuffing. Letting it air dry now. Will have to find stuffing for it.It’s going to be so cute. My sewing skills are not great. I can see a button. But i think it will be good enough for this project
I'm making a taobao blouse replica. That's right, taobao, except I'm using cotton instead of the poly they used. It looks bad because it is my first project but I am so excited to finally be sewing at 25 because before I would get gaslit and accused of throwing sewing needles on the floor because "you should be searching for a man." I lived with my parents/they would pay my loans so I had no say before but I finally found a job that is related to my degree so I can finally allow myself this. I'm incredibly excited. Sorry for rambling but I just wanted to share a psychological milestone with someone anonymously
>>10688327Please post pics when you're done or at least let us know how it turns out. This is something I've been curious about doing for a while>>10684631Technically you can do this, you'd be best off with a 4 way stretch knit (you could make it work with a 2 way stretch knit if you cut it so the stretch was perpendicular to your leg, but it would likely be uncomfortable), I just don't recommend doing it, because you would have uncomfortable seams on the side of your feet. The way modern hosiery is knit is in the round, so they only have seams at the toe and sometimes heel (depending on construction).Why do you need to make your own stockings anyways? Surely you can find them in any solid color or get some printed if you wanted a specific pattern. It seems like way too much trouble for a subpar product to make it yourself
What kind of fabric it would be better to use to sew a JSK? Something not too rough and not too thin.
>>10689700Cotton is the obvious choice.
>>10689704Pure cotton or mixed with something else?
>>10689710I bought some corduroy cotton that should work for a jsk
>>10689737Thank you, anon!
>>10681421I tried making the pendant with the materials I had, took some tweaking but I think it came out pretty good.Thanks for sharing anon!
>>10689759Wow anon, this is great! I didn't expect anyone to make any of the patterns I posted here so I'm glad my obsessive e-book collecting helped someone. If you don't mind me asking, how complex was this project?
>>10689763It's one of the more complex and time consuming things I've tried, but the steps are mostly repetitive and you don't need to think much in 3d except for step 2. It's a good pattern to try if you are moderately familiar with beading.
>>10689700That really depends on your needs, budget, and personal tastes, and this is a pretty broad question. You may as well ask "what's the best kitchen knife?", as each one has its own purpose and there is no single best one.There is no one answer to this; if you're into old school, cotton velveteen is a good choice. If you want something that can be laundered easily, a synthetic would work, although I'm a bit of a tree hugger so I go to autistically great lengths to avoid petroleum based components in my sewing. If you want something lightweight for summer, a medium weight plain weave cotton, silk, or linen would be your best choice, although linen requires special care and wrinkles very easily due to the lack of elasticity of the fibers. Wool or silk gabardine would keep you warm in the winter, but these can be very expensive and also both require hand washing. Silk also is not as colorfast as cotton, especially mercerized cotton, and you may run into the issue of dye bleeding or transfer if you choose a more unstable color like red and like to wear light colored blouses underneath
>>10689003Thanks, i am going to have to find a new plushie it seems. But I will update when i find a suitable one (that is not so old! )They had used straw stuffing mixed with normal stuffing. when i took it out, it was pretty stuck and caused lots of things to loosen and rip. I didn’t notice until after, oh well
>>10689797Thank you so much!
>>10689800>>10688327Just a small note for your future project but putting a zipper on the bottom is less than optimal since it would make it difficult to get things out and more prone for everything to fall out
>>10681773In the process of crocheting this as part of my vampire costume for Halloween. Read the pattern wrong and am using size 40 thread instead of size 30. Too far in to frog it with my deadline. Think I'll be okay even though some places are a tight fit with the smaller thread. Finding the wording a bit confusing, but it got easier once I realized this pattern is worked back and forth in a "U" shape rather than simply back and forth. Also, this is one of the Clover Amour steel hooks and I just wanted to say they're great if you use a knife grip like me.
How do anons feel about needlerugs? I've been tempted to make some myself but seeing this wants me to make some lolita related ones too.
>>10689881Make them plz. they're super cute
>>10689881I love this. I’m gonna make a milky chan one. I didnt even think about making rugs until i saw this
>>10689881I hate them but this makes me smile
>>10688429What blouse are you replicating?
>>10680401>>10680425>>10680435This projects look very usable in lolita. Anon, if you can post pattern for them please do it.>>10680797Great dump, anon!>>10681791Looks wonderful, especially the scarf.
>>10689994this one, it's not working well because I am doing it by hand, but I want to get a sewing machine eventually and a sewing ruler set after I get a job :)
Are there any good places to find fabrics based on composition or more technical specifications? for example, I'm interested in finding a fabric where the warp is one material, and the weft is another (i.e., nylon and polyester). Most fabric stores I've seen don't give me a great amount of control over looking for things like that, they limit me to things like color, "type", or "purpose", which I don't find very useful.
>>10694468Kind of a hard question. Try etsy, dharma trading (they're a dyeing and fabric painting supplier, so they only sell blank undyed fabric, but it is categorized by fiber and weave) Mood maybe? I tend to rely on etsy when I need some extremely specific supply.
Does anyone know if this is a decent machine for my first attempts at dress making? The model number is 158.12391, not finding much info on it online
>>10661324> Here we discuss sewing, lace-making, knittingCan I ask a knitting question that isn’t Lolita related, or is there a different thread I should ask in?
>>10697149i don’t think any of us really care in this case, handmade threads are pretty chill. i’ve been knitting for 12 years ask away
>>10697167Alright, cool. So here’s the deal, I want to make a replica of the Legion’s Christmas sweater from Dead By Daylight, but I am completely clueless about making a chart or writing out instructions or anything like that because I’m a complete beginner, and I know I should practice with smaller, easier things to start with, and I will, but eventually I’m gonna need to know how to make this sweater. Are the patterns on here even doable in real life? There’s an Etsy seller that sells all of the characters’ ugly Christmas sweaters, but they’re printed rather than knit and they don’t even have a faux-knit texture applied to the designs, so I’d really rather make my own that’s the real deal.
>>10697215i think you'll need more than a few practice pieces. that looks pretty advanced to me. i think the front pattern (zigzags, snowflakes) you'll be able to create yourself eventually on some graph paper or using an online tool, but for the faces on the back you'd have to get a better image and then apply some artistic ability or hire a pattern creator on etsy. keep in mind that knit stitches aren't 1x1 ratio, they might be more like 3x4 so your pattern has to account for that so it doesn't come out looking smushed. maybe do a solid color pullover first just to see if you can make one that fits. and then a colorwork beanie maybe to see how that works, because when you carry the unused color along the back of your work, that straight piece of yarn won't stretch the way loops do, so there's less room for error on the fit. for your first ever project if you haven't knitted before, do a scarf because the fit doesn't matter.
>>10697297All very helpful, thanks friend
>>10697297Looking at the picture, the red X and faces look like they’re added in post with paint as opposed to being a part of the fair isles pattern. Technically you only need chart the snowflake and zigzag designs if you wanted to make a full replica, then get fabric pain and draw the faces
>>10697308Hadn’t noticed that but I think you’re right, that’s even better. Thanks!
>>10697309I recommend what anon said above and start with simple projects like a plain, ribbed scarf so you can get the hang of the basics and being consistent with your stitches and tension. When you feel good about that, then try a beanie with a fair isle pattern to get the hang of working with patterns and multiple threads.
>>10697215take into account what everyone else said, but also a few tidbits:the smaller patterns like the snowflakes can be done in fair aisle and the bigger bits like the skulls should be done in intarsiahowever you could also cheat and do a duplicate stitch to embroider on top of the plain black knit sweater. it’d be a little lumpier but much easier for a beginner, because it’s very difficult to keep tension right with intarsia. regardless it’s completely possible but you should give yourself a learning timeframe of at least a year or two depending on how often you can knit, cuz you don’t want to put so much work into something for it to be sloppy
I've bought a cotton fabric for a JSK, but I have a feeling that it is too stiff/thick.Do I need to soften it somehow?
>>10697471I’ve heard that you should always use fabric softener on cotton before sewing with it, but if you haven’t already pre-washed it, that might also take care of the problem!
>>10697472Thank you! I'll try using fabric softener.
>>10684827yes pls to scan anon
So... no Otome no Sewing book this year, huh?
>>10680469You're amazing tysm anon
>>10698320It's being released on the 29th, you can find it on Amazon jp. "Lolita clothes that you can easily enjoy, chinoiserie dresses with Japanese and Chinese taste designs, handmade aprons, uniforms, good old nostalgic lolita clothes, handmade items that start with accessories, etc. are posted with attractive themes and items that tickle the girl's heart. All with how to make. Comes with a full-scale paper pattern." according to Google translate
>>10699078NTA but thanks for the reference! I am trying to collect every OnS (besides the collection ones) and it's easier to buy them when they come out that find secondhand. The dresses on the cover look very cute. I wonder if flowy pink house style is going to bleed into lolita more. The teddy bear fabric reminds me of their Misako x Erinko collab and BTSSB and Meta have released some flowy long stuff with lots of ruffles as of late too.
>>10696660Kenmores from this time are incredibly good. I have a 1947 that I love and will never replace.
I'm wanting to make some jewelry, necklaces and bracelets with beaded chains similar to the ones pictured. I like the way brand jewelry has the beads on these hook and bar things (I have no idea what those are called). I know nothing about making jewelry but I assume there are kits i can get that have all of the pieces? Chains, latches, hook bar things, nice beads etc. Does anyone know where I can find a kit with all of the stuff. And also pearl beads and other beads that look nice with lolita. It doesn't have to be the most high end, but nicer than kids craft kit looking stuff. Any help to point me in the right direction is appreciated.
>>10700515The things the beads are on are called “eye pins”, you can buy them from any jewelry supply store and in different metal tones. You will need a pair of round-nose pliers made for jewelry, and a small wire cutter, because after you slide the bead on you trim any excess length and then bend the other end into a loop to close it. Then just link your beads and pins together as you go (there are many videos on YouTube showing how to do this). You will also need some lobster clasps, o-rings and a bit of metal chain to finish assembling your piece. As for the beads themselves, glass pearls look the nicest but you can still use plastic ones if you want your piece to be a little lighter weight. And a lot of lolita brand jewelry uses plastic pieces like those star beads so don’t be afraid to mix materials.If you don’t have a craft store nearby Fire Mountain Gems website has a pretty extensive selection of beads and jewelry making tools, and for more unique charms, chains, resin things, etc I recommend browsing on Etsy, Ebay and AliExpress.
>>10700515This store on Etsy has a great variety of bead/pearl chains: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LulaBeadSupply
>>10700534Speaking of Fire Mountain Gems, has anyone bought any stones from them? I keep thinking about replacing some glass pieces with stone versions. Any reviews of their stuff?
>>10700515btw metal bits and pieces in general (clasps, loops, hooks, etc) are called "findings". that keyword might help you find a kit/set.
>>10700534>>10700559>>10700628AYRT super helpful and informative. I appreciate it.
>>10700559don't use etsy ever for this. period. it's all ali/tb crap.
>>10700774Agreed. Even I do this on my store.
I recently saved a few scans from ons so I thought I'd give them a try and saw a tutorial on how to resize them. She says the bust measurement of this pattern should equal 49cm which I see, but there are like 3 ways I've gotten that number so far. Should I be paying attention to the orange arrows or the pink arrows that surround the bust? I feel like I should be using the orange arrows, but I need someone more familiar to tell me because I'm overthinking this. I'm someone who's only ever worked with easy to read commercial patterns, so sorry if this is a little silly.
>>10700588I haven’t bought stones there, but they have good seed beads. I’d also check out Lima beads, they have great service.
>>10700970You want to be paying attention to the numbers that correspond to the horizontal lines. The three numbers are for each of the three sizes, you only need to use one as long as you match it to the suggested waist/bust measurement for that size. The vertical lines on the far right side only need to be adjusted based on how long you want the bodice to be.
>>10701140Thanks for answering. I know that the 3 numbers stacked on each other were for s, m, l. The orange arrows are specifically for the two 24.5cm measurements going across the patterns and the pink arrows are for the 8cm, 16.5cm, and 24.5cm measurements surrounding the bust. Both sets of those numbers add up to 49cm. When you say all I need is the horizontal lines, do you mean just the two 24.5 measurements?
are removable collars fine on an OP if done well, or are they generally ita? i like collars with a full back that isn’t broken up by a zipper, but making front-closing OPs is a pain and I much prefer back zippers and/or shirring. or should I just adjust the collars I make to fit over my head without any sort of closure? I don’t want to look like a kid wearing too-big clothes and I’m worried having big collars with a large neck-hole could have that effect. for reference, majority of what I sew is classic/sweet and my sewing skills are good enough that my projects look decently polished.
>>10701448idk, but i have a hoodie OP with a removable collar, and every time I put my head through the neckhole the removable collar buttons get tangled in my hair & I'm trapped with a hoodie halfway over my head. I think removable works better for sleeves. but maybe you can find a way around it.
>>10701261You need the 24.5cm and the 8cm, you can ignore the 16.5 unless you need to adjust bodice height.I'm assuming you're using that tutorial where they tell you to convert each measurement to the percentage of bust/waist and then multiply your measurement by that? So if you were calculating the bust for example, you would do 24.5 times 4 to get the total bust measurement (two for the front measurement and two for the back, since the front is cut on the fold and the back uses two pieces). The 24.5 cm line matches the waist as well but you can see the waist is divided up more - you need to subtract 2cm on the left side and then 2cm again there in the middle. You'll need to use your waist measurement to calculate what the 8cm should be so you know where to make the gap.
>>10701492This is the specific tutorial here which I think is what you're talking about too: http://jessiedressesup.blogspot.com/2015/11/otome-no-sewing-sizing-up.htmlThe waist was easy enough to figure out and the rest of the tut I can follow along, but just based off the numbers on two pictures of the front and back bodice images, she says the bust should be 49cm. If I'm understanding what you're saying too, in the original image I posted, the measurements the orange arrows are pointing to are the relevant ones for finding that original bust measurement right? The 8 and 8.4 have nothing to do with that equation and are only relevant once I start converting the measurements? If those lines were 20cm each instead, the bust would be 40cm then doubled right?Honestly, thank you for responding and sorry for asking so many questions, but I'm just trying to clarify this before I jump into a project.
>>10701473yeah, i’m thinking of using snaps for that reason— i have long hair and it gets tangled in everything if i’m not careful.
>>10701596Yes, that's the tutorial I've used too. So when she says 49cm for the bust she's using the two 24.5cm lines (and then she doubles it since it's only half the pattern). The orange arrows are the ones you want to use, the other measurements are like you said only relevant once you start converting. Basically when looking at this kind of OnS pattern there's usually a bottom line that's the waist and a middle line that's the bust, the bust line in this case being the two 24.5 measurements.
>>10701749Awesome. Thank you so much for clearing that up for me!
does anyone have any patterns for/know any magazines that include any OPs with yokes? I used one years ago, lost my drafted pattern and then lost the pdf...