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Post cute handmade things, tips, guides, questions, whatever.
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>>10754851
For cute aprons with better lace then you'll ever find at a craft store; consider buying actual Victorian and Edwardian aprons on places like ebay. They are much too long for Lolita, but you can either shorten them by cutting off the top half, or if the material is thin enough you can pin-tuck up from the hem to the top and get some sewing practice in while not having to do the difficult part (lace insertion). Most of these aprons start at $20 USD and go up to $60 USD. Keep any eye out for ones with a stain or a tear far away from the hem; they will be marked-down for being damaged, but if you are shortening them then you were going to cut away that section anyways. Aprons from the 1920s and 1930s are a better length for Lolita, and some have unique designs, but they do tend to come off as more "clean and plain" with less intricate work.
The hems of Victorian and Edwardian petticoats also feature a lot of amazing-quality lace, with the price of a petticoat of those eras usually starting around $30 USD a piece.
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>>10755002
For lace for sewing handmade pieces, should I look for vintage lace as well?
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>>10755004
It depends. Always look carefully at the images provided to discern the quality of the lace. There has always been "bad" and "good" lace throughout history; the fact that a piece of lace is "vintage" or "antique" does not promise good quality, but it is way more likely to find better quality for lower prices when buying vintage or antique instead of off-the-shelf-new.

The reason why I recommend re-using aprons and petticoats is that, in my experience, what's already been made up into something is decent quality to begin with.

When looking at vintage lace, to avoid stuff from the 1960s and 1970s generally; there was a craze for using worse-quality lace in more exotic colors (like hot-pink to match the trim to a hot-pink go go mini dress). Once you get to the 1980s there's more of a cottagecore Laura Ashley vibe going on, so chances get better. Pre-WWII is ideal, but the further you go back in time the harder it is to find unused lace.

Try to look for lace that's either cotton or a cotton blend, linen or a rayon blend maybe. Try your best to stay away from anything poly or plastic-netting; rascal lace use to be made of cotton and was lovely, but it has a bad reputation now in Lolita because modern rascal lace is made of thin poly fibers.
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Are there specific stores where I can get good quality lace?
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>>10755048
What kind of lace are you looking for? I get almost all my lace from taobao these days
>laces.taobao.com
Has duplicates of tulle lace used on brand pieces
>https://myxp.taobao.com/
Tulle and chemical lace in gold
> https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=610498323588&mt=
>https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=618488788695&mt=
Duplicates of the lace used on BTSSB Babydoll JSK
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Can I request pictures of your favorite cutsews/cutsew designs, burando or otherwise? Looking for inspiration for making my own since I have a ton of random knits lying around and buying brand cutsews with a larger bust feels like such a gamble sometimes.
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To the anon who tried to dye that pink atepie dress last thread, it came up on closetchild. Did you get it?
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>>10760147
That was me, no I did not Im punching air and on suicide watch rn
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>>10760361
rip
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>>10760361
Damn, sorry, anon. That's rough.
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>>10760361
not sure if this will work for your case but have you considered using a dye remover like rit colour remover to restore the skirt to its original state? idk if you're willing to risk it but that could be an option for you.
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>>10759612
As recycle option I prefer adding a collar (round or sailor) and adding new puff sleeves.

Here a couple of designs I think you can use.
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I'm thinking about making a dress from an otome no sewing using the largest pattern size, and adjusting it on my dress form as it's a tad bit small. Is there a better way to do this, or will this work fine?
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>>10760908
i am slightly confused. is the pattern too small? if so you can just add extra inches and extend out the seam allowance.
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>>10760908
i draw the biggest size on tracing paper and then i edit that
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Tear me apart please, my first time making something from otome no sewing
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>>10760973
That looks adorable, Anon.
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>>10760973
looks good. i can tell from the pic that it appears to be slightly wonky in places, but it would only matter if this was a retail item.
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>>10760976
Thanks Anon. There is definitely some wonkiness but I'm not sure if it's worth fixing or if I should move on. I forget to mention, there are some pins in the back because I'm going to take it in, as well as add a bow pin to the front
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>>10760978
it definitely doesn't seem like it will look wonky when it's worn, so don't even worry. also i was going to ask about a bow/button in the front! bow will look adorable.
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>>10760973
Much, much better than my first try. Or any of my tries so far. Good job. Is this your first time sewing in general?
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>>10760974
Thank you!
>>10760981
No not my first time in general but I have not sewed in awhile, and mainly have cosplay sewing experience which I have a lot of bad habits from. Haven't really sewn lolita things though.
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>>10760580
Huge thank you nonna! Saving all of these.
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>>10761002
Do you have a pattern or guide you use for these? I might try to make a cutsew at some point
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>>10760973
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This is more craft than sewing but does anyone know where you could order custom cut metal pieces like picrel? Or what search terms you would use?
I like making jewelry and want to design some of my own charms to match my coords.
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>>10761094
I don't know of any manufactures, but I could think up a more local approach:

You could use a maker-space to cut your own designs out using laser, or reach out to someone within the laser-cutter community on facebook. (e.g. Glowforge Community)

If you wanted the embossing, it might be a die-cut situation. I'm not too familiar with die-cutting and the embossing process, but I'd also think you'd need a laser cut template regardless.
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>>10760908
Add at least an inch of length to the torso too, two if you're tall.
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>>10760973
It's quite okay! Your ruffles are nice and even. Just put a detachable ribbon or something where the closure is, cause the lace is cut off a bit awkwardly. Good job otherwise tho!
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>>10760973
Which volume is this from? I've been meaning to make a similar bolero.
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It's from "Best" and I assume some other volume since I think this is a compilation? it's the cover one here.
I altered it to add the ruffles instead of lace and make the collar rounder. I didn't understand much of what was going on anyway, I think I'm going to practice more with Western patterns before tackling OnS again.
>>10761214
Thanks! I am adding a detachable bow and there's also going to be a little bow on the back. I'm really surprised at the response, I thought it had a lot of issues, though some are more apparent irl, I think. One of the shoulders is noticeable flatter than the other so I think I'm going to redo it. I also wish I made it longer like >>10761168
says.
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>>10761236
I think I have Best 'Collection' but not Best 'Selection', darn. Maybe I can check through the ones I have at home after work and see if I have the original it is from.
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how often do new issues of otome no sewing come out?
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Came into possession of a serious knitting machine. like flat bed, manually operated punch card machine. It can do pretty crazy lace and colorwork (once I get it fixed, I'm about 75% thru maintenance and repair).
I'd like to sell lolita and jfash knitwear in purely natural fibers, but I'm worried I can't compete with the mass produced prices of brands (because they're knitting their stuff on fully automatic machines and not manual ones like I would have to).
I think materials + labor would put me at around $150 for a cotton bolero if I wanted to actually make a profit. Or more for other fibers like wool or silk. I mean it's cheaper and faster than knitting it by hand, but it still requires a lot of labor and I think realistically anything I make would cost more than a comparable brand item.
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>>10761250
wow i would love to see some pictures. btw it doesn't hurt to try selling your own unique clothes i think. find a market gap and make something you can't get anywhere else.
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>>10761094
Sendcutsend or look around for CNC plasma cutting services (some lasers can cut metal but you're gonna have better luck looking for a CNC plasma service, as those lasers are more expensive and less common. if you look for a laser service, you want somewhere that offers a fiber laser and make sure to double check that they can CUT your metal at the gauge you want and not just ENGRAVE it). Most people in my maker space use sendcutsend for metal cuts they can't do on our plasma CNC. You might have some luck using Alibaba if you're looking for order in bulk.
t. hobbyist welder
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>>10761247
At least yearly
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>>10761250
I'm having trouble finding sweet knitwear with sleeves long enough for my height. IW has the L size, but their boleros are too classic to go with my sweeter coords. Taobao brands offer sizes that are wider but not much longer. Western sizing could be a good niche, just a thought.
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>>10761293
Same here. I don't know why I can find brand blouses and ops that fit fine but knits are super small even though it's supposedly outerwear
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>>10761250
Honestly, there isn't a lot availible in western sizing when you are outside of the typical Japanese sizing. Sometimes items fit me and sometimes they don't. It's usually shoulders and bust that I have issues with.

My wardrobe has always been lacking in knitwear. I have one cutsew from Bodyline that I can't find more of and a bunch of modified or loliable/cropped cardigans. I would love some nice knit boleros and more cutsews for sure! I'd be willing to pay a higher price for a range of sizing and natural fibers DESU.
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>>10761310
Cutsews would be out of my wheelhouse, as they are cut and sewn construction (hence the name, anything I make on this machine would be fully fashioned knitting. It also can't knit that fine)
Technically I wouldn't consider cutsews knitwear due to the way they're constructed either. I do have lots of sewing experience though, but if I'm being honest, I wouldn't want to make a cutsew on the machines I have now, I'd wanna save up for a coverstitcher or at least a serger because zig zag stitching a cutsew would look really unprofessional. Maybe someday. For now I wanna focus on knitwear. I've got the machine fully cleaned and assembled, sans needles (a lot of them were damaged so I'm waiting on replacements). Tonight I'll do some basic swatches to get a feel for machine knitting since I've only done hand before, and once I get my replacement needles and new sponge bar I'll start messing with the punch cards and the lace carriage.
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>>10761317
Dropped pic. My machine. If what I read online is correct, it's a near 1:1 copy of the brother kh890 or a similar brother machine in that series (which means there's hope of me finding a ribber attachment for it)
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>>10761320
I also just got into machine knitting too. I plan to make lolita knits as well because of how rare they are. I don't wear boleros and everything else is difficult to find.
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>>10761333
Oh nice, machine knitting doesn't seem to be a very popular hobby (stupidly hard to find information regarding specific topics, especially repair) so it's nice knowing another gull out there is doing it.
I tried doing some basic swatches today to get an idea for gauge but the machine wouldn't knit at all, I think the sponge bar is just way too worn out (my machine is probably from the 80s or early 90s at the latest).
I'm really hoping that once I replace it with a new one I ordered that'll fix everything because otherwise it means going through the horrible process of dissembling the whole damn thing again
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>>10761236
Also, you should prewash your cotton lace by zigzagging the ends shut and throwing it in a lingerie bag. But the bolero looks good!
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>>10761338
Thanks for the advice!
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>>10761168
this is a good tip, i always edit otome no sewing patterns to be longer
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Has anyone ever made a crochet bag? I'm looking for ideas/patterns that are suitable for classic. Most of what I've found so far is like picrel.
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>>10761337
Good luck anon! A new sponge bar makes a difference so hopefully that's the only issue for you.
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>>10761250

If you can make a replica of this I will love you. What prices are you thinking?
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>>10761454

Wow I did not read, sorry. The prices up above are reasonable and I'd you ever decide to do something in silk I'd be really excited!

There's definitely a cottagecore/vintage knitting niche as well. I know someone who hand knits her own sweaters and is able to sell them for 300, so I think you're more than fine.
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I've totally been wanting to make a couple pairs of elastic wristcuffs for summer! Does anyone have any good tutorials? (haha, as well as general advice for working with elastic)
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the handle on one of my parasols is wood so it bothers me in the summer. anyone have tutorials or patterns for a cover?
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>>10761371
I'm sorry if this advice is basic, but have you tried searching Ravelry? I have a black felted purse with needle felted flowers that's nice that I often use. You might just have to dig or come up with your own pattern.
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>>10761454
Nayrt but god I wish I was better at designing knitting patterns so I could make something like this. Most patterns I see are too long or too baggy or both, and don’t suit a lolita silhouette at all.

>>10761477
If you want something fitted then it really depends on the shape of the handle. Maybe you could wrap it in ribbon, or make your own pattern by placing it on a piece of paper and tracing the shape. Or you could make a tube out of a stretchy knit fabric and pull it on like a sock?
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Does anyone here have a favorite one piece or jsk pattern you've used before or a normie one that worked really well? Or do you prefer to draft from your bodice block?
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>>10761371
Search vintage patterns from etsy
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>>10761681
Japanese crochet books also have really cute stuff.
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>>10761690
Japanese craft books in general are super cute. You can find reproductions of old instructions on how to make lace on Amazon, though they can be a bit tricky
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>>10761657
parasol anon here. thanks for the ideas! i will probably draft my own pattern, or try ribbon first.
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Are there any good normie bustier patterns that can be relatively easily lolified? Trying to make something old school inspired.
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>>10761743
You can make a decent corset/bustier out of one of the hundreds corset top patterns on Etsy. Some look pretty much identical to the ones brands like VM put out, thanks to Vivienne Westwood corsets being trendy now for some reason. I plan on making one out of floral gobelin myself.
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>>10761758
Dropped pic, of course
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>>10761762
I gave a pretty poor description, my mistake. I'm looking for something more like picrel where it's not a true bustier but more like a square shaped bustier inspired top. It doesn't have to be exactly like this, but the general shape is what I'm looking for. Maybe there is just a regular shirt pattern that could be altered into this.
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>>10761777
Ah I see, this looks much less complex construction wise. Maybe you could take the top part of a JSK pattern from OnS and add a ruffle to the bottom hem?
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Has anyone made a dress or skirt from six or eight parts like in picrel? I guess name isn't just A-line skirt but I didn't know the right term. Where can I get a pattern for it, OnS haven't got this type IIRC?

Also I can use normie patterns that looks similar but with them you can never predict level of poof so I'd like use more lolita related patterns if they exist.
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>>10761491
I have but I didn't find much. Are there some search terms I should use?

>>10761690
Thanks for the suggestions. I will try looking more through etsy. Are there any specific japanese crochet books you would recommend? And where can I find them, just on amazon?
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>>10761846
I usually search Amazon jp then buy from cdjapan. People sell pdfs of Out of print books on etsy too for cheap. You could try that first just to see why they're like.
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>>10761840
It's a gored skirt.
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>>10761846
There are... dubious ways get your hands on free scans of Japanese craft books. I don't think I'm allowed to say the website names here without getting in trouble. I have a shit ton of Japanese crochet and knitting book scans I got from "shadow libraries" like these, as well and a few sewing, tatting, embroidery, and other needlecraft. 4chan isn't conducive to file sharing sharing, but if you email me I'd be happy to share. Just tell me specifically what you're looking for in the email and I'll go through my library. I have a lot of scans of interesting Russian crochet magazines too, especially Irish crochet. I've also got plenty of scans of western needlecraft books/pamphlets including antique ones
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>>10761840
>but with them you can never predict level of poof
You should make a test garment/muslin first, then you can adjust the pattern as needed. Like other anon said, this is a gored skirt, but specifically I think this is a 6 gore skirt with no yoke.
This is by no means complete information on making a gored skirt, but a book I have (Patternmaking for Fashion Design; great book, got a cheap copy secondhand) has this illustration which should give you an idea about the very basic pattern shapes for a garment like this. You'd cut 2 of each side panel and 1 each of the front and back panels. You'll probably want to experiment with darts too because that can greatly change the silhouette of the top of the skirt
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>>10761777
I think ONS1 has a pattern for one of these
>https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uvrexAXttCD5enNkOP_4T3b4zCh6KiRR
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Knitting machine anon how did you go with knitting the swatches? My mum has various knitting machines so I know a wee bit but not enough to teach. Do you have a main carriage? I didn't see one in your picture. Personally I would knit a couple of examples before telling people how much I would be selling them for because I think you'll find its still a lot of work say sewing it up and time actually knitting it since you don't have a motor
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>>10762245
Hi anon, I did mention further up thread that due to the severely worn down sponge bar, I was unable to knit swatches (see >>10761337)
Yesterday I used acetone and goof off to strip the original sponge bar from the metal casing. It was so gross. Like melted into a pile of brown goo gross. But it's probably been there since the 80s so that doesn't surprise me. I do have a new sponge bar on the way and will be installing that as soon as it gets here since I'm eager to knit.
Yes I have a main (k) carriage. It also came with a lace carriage and I'm trying to purchase a garter and intarsia carriage too (along with other accessories like a knitleader). The price I gave was very tentative for a simple short sleeve cotton bolero and was a bare minimum to cover materials and labor (and probably severely underpaying myself for labor). It probably would be a good deal more than that, especially for stitches that require a lot of hand manipulation like cabling, or if I wanted to put crocheted lace on as edging. Scarves and stoles are easy so I'm planning on knitting those as first projects so that should give me an idea of a baseline price for how long the actual knitting takes. Then I'll move on to something that requires decreases, seaming, and increases like mittens to get a better idea for how long that process will take. I have previous experience sewing, knitting, and crocheting, but knitting machines are brand new to me. All I've used in the past that are similar are knitting looms/spools and those dinky little plastic toy machines you see people using on tik tok to crank out hats.
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Oh nice it sounds like you have a good foundation for starting. Unfortunately as the older generations pass away some of this knowledge on how to use flat bed knitting machines is lost and at least in my country they are also going for very expensive prices since theyre getting hard to get. Mum has a very unusual double bed prior machine which has no instructions and she can't find anything written anywhere so the knowledge on how to use it might just be lost. I'm like you, I'm learning so I look forward to seeing your progress if you share it here. Also I don't know how to do replies lol
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>>10762434
Yeah I find it frustrating that a lot of the women into machine knitting are older and don't always share their knowledge on the internet. It can also making tracking down parts annoying. I don't have a table that's thin enough to clamp my machine to so I decided to purchase a dedicated stand, and I ended up having to call a small yarn shop several states to the north to purchase one over the phone because their website was broken (the sweet old lady who owns the shop could not figure out how to fix their Shopify store). By two beds, do you mean a main bed and a ribber? It's worth trying to figure out a double bed machine (assuming the beds are parallel) because you knit in the round on them which means you can take advantage of punchcards to do complex designs on seamless tubes such as socks, hats, leg/arm warmers, etc. (And save yourself some time seaming). A machine with two beds can also do true ribbing vs the mock ribbing you're limited to on single beds. Technically you can knit socks on a single bed flat machine but you'd have to put seams up the sides which can be uncomfortable.
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OnS does have a high waisted skirt as as well as an a-line dress, but idk if either are what you'd be looking for. Not sure about the dress but the skirt is six parts I think. I think it was in OnS 1? the dress was in 7, and in one of the collections. There is another a-line skirt here: https://misscarolbelle.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/otome-no-sewing-book-10/ and there is a scan of the pattern drafting sheet on there too.
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>>10761840
Well, you can predict the level of poof if you measure your skirt pieces and compare to a normal lolita skirt. Most skirts are best with a hem circumference of 280-300cm at a minimum if knee length, obviously shorter skirts are likely to still look poofy with a smaller hem circumference.
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Oh thank you for teaching me. This is the machine I mentioned, a prior purl. It seems like it has 2 beds of needles that the carriage runs over at the same time. I will have to do a deeper dive in the internet and see if i can find instructions. Funnily enough I found a photo of the instruction book at a museum i might end up having to ask if the still have it and if they can scan the pages if the search is fruitless
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>>10762559
I've noticed different machines use the same terminology for the different functions and your machine might just have the function in a slightly different switch/mechanism and placement. I'd start watching some videos and experiment with your machine to see how to get the same results if you can't find a manual.
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>>10762447
God, this is exactly what I needed, thank you a lot!
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>>10761777
I think Tezukuri Gothic & Lolita has what you're looking for.
https://misscarolbelle.wordpress.com/2021/07/28/gothic-lolita-patterns-2003/
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>>10761777
You could just use a basic bodice block for this, and add straps.
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I was able to find some cute stuff on etsy, thank you!
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>>10762559
That is an extremely rare machine, excellent find anon
https://www.knittingmachinemuseum.com/prior-purl-machine
You're right that it seems to be impossible to find a manual online, but if it helps, at their very core, ALL knitting machines work on the same principles with more or less the same mechanism (and the same principles as a knitting spool or loom). I would look for instructions for casting on/using a machine with a ribber, because this machine is essentially a flat bed with a permantly attached ribber. You also should be able to just knit on one bed if you don't want to knit in the round, and in the worst case scenario if you're forced to use both beds, you can knit a tube and then steek it once you take it off the machine (steeking isn't used very often with machine knitting since machines make colorwork a lot easier, but there's no reason you couldn't do it if you have the patience and confidence). There also are a few other dual bed knitting machines you could look up instructions for to see if they're of use, such as the passap duomatic, however I do know passap machines are a bit different than other brands due to their unusual gauge and exclusive "stripper" mechanism. Good luck anon, please let us know if you get it figured out
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Hey it's me, the anon with the knitting machine. Sponge bar came, machine is functional. This is a gauge swatch/stitch test I'm working on. I think it would be cool to do some gothy stuff suitable for summer. A wrap/stole perhaps? The yarn is mercerized cotton and my tension is very loose so it would be nice and cool (plz ignore the white stuff at the bottom, that's a provisional cast on) The ladders are intentional, I did them via hand manipulation for a distressed look (and they will not unravel further. Haven't touched the lace carriage or punchcard functions yet.
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>>10765192
Congrats on getting it going!

We had one in my house back in the 80s that no one knew how to use. I'm sure it's in a trash heap by now unfortunately.
I was only a small kid at the time so I didn't know what it was or how valuable it was as a maker.
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>>10765192
This is dope
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>>10765192
That’s really cool, I didn’t even know home knitting machines like that were a thing until this thread.
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>>10765437
Yes! They're wonderful devices that unfortunately aren't manufactured anymore and are therefore rare and expensive. I was lucky enough to get this machine for free actually, but I've spent a good deal of money on replacement parts and accessories. I think a lot of people think they're "cheating" but they still require large amounts of work to be done by hand like creating ribbing (unless you have specific accessories), seaming, manipulating cables, increasing/decreasing, cleaning up floats from colorwork, etc.
>>10765339
I'm glad you like it, here's the swatch off the machine on my blocking board. I'll get a gauge tomorrow when it's dry. I feel like it's not ladder-y enough, I might try making a new sample and only knitting on every other needle or so once I get past the ribbing so that it feels more open and airy. I think it might be possible to bundle together the ladder "rungs" using the tuck stitch function, I didn't quite get there today. Perhaps I could bundle them together by hand too. Ironically, the machine seems to open up more options for labor intensive operations like that since it does the boring parts for me.

Btw the way I achieved this effect if you're curious and want to recreate it was by making a fully fashioned increase in the middle of the row where I wanted my ladder to be, retracting the needles to a non-working position to let the ladder form, knitting a few rows, and then decreasing once I felt my ladder was long enough.
(4chan kept saying my file was too big so I had to crop out out the 1x1 rib I manually created on the bottom 9 rows to prevent it from curling too much)
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>>10765469
>aren't manufactured anymore and are therefore rare and expensive
Oh no! I was already feeling bummed that my relative threw out the one they had initially promised to give me but now I’m double-bummed. I enjoy knitting by hand but it takes me months to finish anything.
Please keep posting though, this is super interesting!
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>>10765469
>They're wonderful devices that unfortunately aren't manufactured anymore and are therefore rare and expensive.
What makes you say they aren't manufacturing anymore? I was still able to buy one new. Manufactured in Japan.
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Can someone tell me if dyeing a finished knit project (as opposed to dyeing the yarn) is a retarded idea or not? tldr is that I need a lot of yarn, like a whole kg cone, and can't find the color and fiber (100% silk) I want in a long continuous length. I need it in a continuous length with no knots or joins which is why I don't want to just dye the yarn (since I'd probably have to cut it up into more manageable lengths to dye it). I'm having trouble finding information about dyeing FOs as opposed to dyeing the yarn first
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>>10767380
Sorry, I should have clarified. Most of the big names in flat bed domestic knitting machines don't make them anymore. Brother/Knitking, Singer, and Toyota for example (although I've seen Chinese copycats of Brother machines on AliExpress, can't testify to the quality though). There are some brands that still make machines. Most machines you see machine knitters using however, are vintage machines from the 70s and 80s, not recently manufactured ones
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>>10768021
this is still not true...
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>>10768016
If you can't manage to fit the length of yarn in whatever dye container you have, what makes you think it's going to be any easier to fit the finished project (which is still the same amount of yarn...)
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>>10768022
It is true, most of the companies that made knitting machine pre 2000 don't make them anymore. Yes there are a couple of companies still manufacturing in Capan and China, silver reed I believe is one, but most other companies don't make them.
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>>10761094
Any place that sell metal sheets, anon.
If they dont cut, they'll know someone who will cut it

Another bet would be any jeweler
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>>10768172
The stockpot I have is very large. It would fit the FO. It's less of an issue of fitting the yarn in the pot (it's on a cone, so I need to rewind it onto one or more skeins for dyeing anyways) and more of issue of tangling. I don't trust myself to wind some kind of mega-skein and NOT have it get tangled. Maybe I should just contact an indie dyer and see if they'll do it for me...
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>>10768021
Silver reed was distributed under the singer name.
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https://lolitasewingpatterns.storenvy.com/
Anyone bought from this store before? Are they any good?
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>>10772021
Anon, I'm pretty sure those are just scanlations from OnS. Pretty scummy.

Which patterns were you interested in? We might be able to identify which volume it's from and find a scanlation somewhere.

Miss Carole Belle is a good resource for some patterns.
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>>10772029
They're scans but don't include ANY instructions or labels on pattern pieces, translated or not. Total scam.
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>>10772029
Nayrt but in that case could anyone give an ID on what issue this is from?
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>>10772021
that's fucked up
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>>10772058
Looks like it's from OnS vol 09

https://misscarolbelle.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/otome-no-sewing-book-9/
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Does anyone work any historical sewing methods into their lolita garments? I've been wanting to try "stroking the gathers", the end result looks very dainty and neat.
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>>10762715
These rosettes are adorable. Did you ever end up crocheting something? I've gotten into it lately.
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Has OnS vol. 4 finally been scanlated? I just really want to make this set
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>>10774619
Sort of, I like the feel of natural fibers so I don't use anything synthetic unless I have no other option. I do a lot of hand basting too. I also crochet and knit and look at a lot of patterns from the 1920s and earlier. Unfortunately a lot of these are difficult to follow as they use outdated terminology and don't provide useful information like gauge swatch and yarn weight (I also dislike prose instructions, I prefer charts)
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>>10774619
I followed the Bernadette Banner video on Pair of Combinations to make my bloomers once. The Stroking the gathers absolutely helps make a nicer end product. Worth the time investment desu
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I'm looking for some good high quality cotton lace and petersham and cotton sateen ribbon supplier/shop, like the ones used by BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT brand that are not made exclusively for them.
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I want to order cool prints to make some shirts, but I'm worried about the quality of the print, or the print changing the fabrics feeling too much. I found a site called spoonflower that has cool designs, but a review I saw said it wasn't that great. I don't want to wait forever and get a fabric I don't like :/
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>>10781398
get samples and be prepared to pay for quality
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>>10781398
Spoonflower has options for what type of fabric you can print it on. A quilter said she gets cool prints from Free Spirit Fabrics, so that's another place to look. I haven't bought from either but spoonflower is famous and it shouldn't be hard for you to find someone to talk to who has ordered from them and lots and lots of reviews. There's probably a guide out there where someone compares all the fabric options
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>>10781522
Here's a link for a spoonflower test -
https://20dollarlolita.tumblr.com/post/165937786458/i-was-referred-to-spoonflower-for-sweet-loli-print/amp
but I've heard a ton of complaints from people who have used them (print flakes off, customer service is shit etc)
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>>10781524
Yeah talk about spoonflower having lots of resources and reviews, this is not just about the fabrics, but specifically its utilization in lolita! Very helpful, also for handmade lolita in general. Thank you!
I'll also look around for someone who made a guide on how each sample looks with a spoonflower print actually printed on it, since some of those clearly look like they won't take print well. Though the ones that obviously won't take print well, like the minky, are not going to be used for a dress.
Thank you again for this link.
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>>10781536
Oh heck I shared the wrong link bc I'm distracted over the holidays, but glad you got some benefit from the other one though - https://20dollarlolita.tumblr.com/post/631536891976613888/i-bought-the-spoonflower-sample-pack-and-heres-my
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>>10781957
Thank you for both! I think the last one did still have good info for hand-sewn dresses about understanding different fabrics that this one didn't include, but this one is great for seeing more specifically the product and print quality. I'm glad you misclicked so I could see both
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w.i.p. IW headdress. It turned out shorter than it should be, so I'll have to add some bows on the sides to try and cover that up a bit. Not sure if I want to do the crochet roses from the original pattern. With me having bright white crochet thread and silver ribbons instead of ivory, I don't think the vintage look of the crochet roses suits it. I'm thinking I'll go find a suitable decoration from the bridal aisle at the craft store and tack it on.
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>>10782372
Looks clean and effective! Good work, anon! What size hook and thread did you work with?
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>>10782742
Thank you. I used Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Size 10 and a 1.3mm hook. This thread from my local craft store looks bright and shiny, so that's why I went for silver accents. Maybe there's better thread online. I know most lolitas associate shiny with cheap.
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hey friends. i want to buy a serger and i was thinking if you guys have any tips on how to choose one. like if there's any features you think are super useful and so on. i would love to buy an used one but are retro sergers annoying to use?
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would anybody have a sewing pattern for a hat like picrel? it doesn't look like a typical beret
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>>10784692
It is unironically a typical beret anon. It would be 3 pieces: a circle, a circle with a hole in it about the size of your head, and a band that is just a long straight strip attached along the inner circle.
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>>10774705
Seconding this, I'd really love to see one of these made. Anyone have any good crochet patterns to share? I'm especially interested in jfahsion magazine ones
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>>10785177
Vivi crochet has some cute tutorials
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>>10781398
I've heard of some people using spoonflower, but be aware it's difficult to get a true black, and there can be fading after washing. The two I saw recommended on cgl were at minimum the kona cotton, but apparently it's on the thinner side, and ideally the cotton sateen.

arts[insert synonym for bovine otherwise 4chin thinks it's spam] prints on apparel and apparently they print on fabric too, but I haven't tried any fabric from them yet. I think Ocean in Space has her skirts printed at there and they're pretty nice, but that is only for shirts specifically.
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Has anyone here ordered tapestry fabric from kovi fabrics? They have the old school floral couch patterns I'd love to make a vest with, just wondering if there's a better place to order from?
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>>10786390
these would probably be way too thick, just from looking at the photo you posted.
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>>10786390
I don't own as many gobelin pieces as I'd like to but the ones I do own aren't actually the tapestry upholstery fabric, just printed that way. The picrel looks way too heavy. I'm also looking for good grandma couch fabric though personally.
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>>10786460
I have gobelin pieces that are made of actual tapestry fabric, but it's super thin and oddly fragile
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Just finished this collar, doesn't drrallg go with my Lolita stuff but it'll be fun to wear with my vintage stuff. Anyone else been working on anything?
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>>10786879
Oops, sorry for the pic flipping. Phone poster
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>>10784199
What’s your budget?
If you want to keep prices low and easy, the basic one Brother makes (it’s around $200-$300 last I checked) is pretty decent and holds up well. Used it for several years and it does a variety of stitches.
Currently I use a Juki (a lower end one) that ran for about $400 when I bought it several years ago. It’s sturdier than the Brother machine but desu if you’re mostly hobby sewing and making stuff for yourself, the Brother should be just fine. I used to make costumes full time which why I upgraded.
As for used, if it’s in working condition and has manuals you should be fine. You might have to get it tuned up/cleaned etc. so that could add up if it’s not cheap. Servers are a pain in the ass to thread so my biggest concern would be if it’s easy to thread or not.
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Long shot but I saw this in the classic thread and would anyone happen to know where this uberfabric could've been sourced?
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>>10787286
that's not what that type of fabric is called.
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>>10787321
it's a nickname for this specific gobelin
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>>10787323
ya, by utter retards.
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>>10787321
Duh, I'm asking about the specific print.
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>>10787343
that's not what the print is called either. just because autist lolitas call it that doesn't mean anything.
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>>10787360
genuine autism
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>>10787360
what's it called then
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>>10786390
Honestly I think you're fine to try it out, structured garments like jackets and vest will fare well with heavier fabric.

>>10787286
I've seen some very similar fabric on rakuten jp, but haven't managed to find the exact print, maybe also try amazon jp?
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>>10787662
>rakuten
Can confirm, I saw the exact gobelin VM used for one of their old school skirts still being sold there
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>>10787662
>>10787749
Thank you!
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I have a lot of prints I compulsively bought over the years sitting in a shelf. Too cute, couldn't let them slide, and buying fabric is way cheaper than dresses. But since I also continue to buy dresses I leave the fabric "for another day". I have over 50m of fabric. I need to get my shit together. I'll look into the OnS stuff.


>>10762540
>with a hem circumference of 280-300cm
Interesting. I have a few 300cm skirts and I find them quite big. I went and measured a handful of dresses, the ones I use most and find their poof just fine, and they hover around 250-270cm.
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>>10792715
Agree, 300cm is way too big for rectangle or trapezoid shaped skirt patterns. Maybe it's more suitable for very very big people, but it will look much too voluminous on normal sized people imo.
Haenuli has done jsks that approached 300cm hem width (probably other brands as well, but none that come to mind) and it just looks wrong imo.

My preference is 220cm
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>>10792715
get sewing anon you can do this!
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>>10792726 I've seen for rectangle skirts the general rule of 3x your waist. My waist is 80cm so I've used 240cm and I think it works out well. 300cm is too large for most people but obviously if you have a larger waist you want to size up to keep the skirt in proportion so 300cm is fine
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>>10792747
I never used that general rule, but it's a good place to start.
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>>10792726
>Haenuli has done jsks that approached 300cm hem width (probably other brands as well, but none that come to mind) and it just looks wrong imo.
Do you have example pics?
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>>10792792
Nayrt but I thought this one looked way too huge.
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>>10792808
Am I broken if I love how much fabric is in this? Maybe I'd feel different seeing it irl. But I like my skirts to have deep curves in their gathers. I'd probably wear these with a smaller petti.
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>>10792715
Tell us your fabric sourcing secrets!
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Maybe it could be an idea to actually try to make something. I won't do it though, I'm too lazy and it'd be too useless, but it'd be nice practice with real clothes, and more fun than sewing normie clothes.
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>>10761094
3 months later....
well, in case this anon checks this thread again or anyone else wants to know -- i'm a jeweler and this sort of thing is not too hard to saw out of flat metal by hand. you can draw it on tracing paper and use a gluestick to stick it to the metal. thicker paper tends to misbehave.

the problem after that will be how you finish the metal, because regardless how you cut it, the edge will be rough and will need to be sanded and polished. that's a lot of work so for that reason i suggest making a .svg or vector file, extruding it (there are websites that will extrude it for you), and having it 3D printed. shapeways has some materials that will come looking polished and finished (their bronze is very nice), and if you only have to cut the shapes off of a sheet like the one you posted, that will be a lot less to have to polish.

i do still recommend using a jeweler's saw for that little bit of cutting, because metal shears will bend the edges and if you don't have an anvil or block and a mallet to flatten them back out, it's kind of a pain. I also wouldn't bend them until they snap because that'd make for a rougher edge to have to clean up.

metal is a little bitch basically. i'd get the charms printed individually if you could, that way the whole thing just exists and no cleanup/polishing is needed, bc there's a whole slew of specialty nonsense you need to get something to a mirror polish like you'd see in jewelry stores if you're doing it manually.



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