Practising Before Making

I’m having a Doll clothes project that will need some particular details that looks ‘easy’ to be done but actually not easy. Just because something looks simple, it means it’s easy to be done. It’s not.

Before I start my project, I had been practicing to make small pleat.

  1. I used varied ways, start from using particular sewing feet up to regular sewing feet. I ended up  making it in ‘manual’ way, using regular feet, mark the fabric using ruler, and pleat-sew it using sewing machine.
  2. I found that some fabrics are not good for creating small pleats like this. Small and ‘close’ pleat for exactly.
    1. Using thin and paper-feel linen fabric is the best but we can’t always use this fabric for our any project, like my current project.
    2. I found a very good fabric with colour I needed but the price is a big NO. I think, the store was a bit thrifty. The fabric was like ‘abandoned’ but they didn’t want to give more discount. Good quality one yes, but I am not sure either it’s kind of colour that will sold out quickly. The length is also too short for man clothes but the colour is rarely used for woman clothes. It’s also slightly dust-dirty as well (and i don’t know whether it can be washed or not). So, yes, NO buy.
    3. I used another fabric, brand TOYOBO. It’s cotton. the thickness is good for my project, it’s slightly thicker than i need but it’s ok. The texture is good. The price is good, too.
    4. There are several fabrics that actually i can use, too but again, sometimes, we can’t compromise with the design and the whole look we want to see.
    5. The problem that should be underlined is that when making pleats like this, we can feel, the fabric ‘becomes’  slightly stretchable. That’s why, I said before, the linen on no.1 is very good, because I didn’t feel the stretch too much. Yet, again, back to number 4.
  3. It’s difficult to make a consistent pleat width
    1. I used ruler to help at first but then I did another way.
    2. I fold the fabric and try to fold as same width as previous pleat and then sew it. The previous pleat position is not ‘opened’; if it faces to the left, then let it be. It is to make me keep focusing on the width pleat i’m sewing. I found it’s more difficult to do it when I change the previous pleat direction or open the previous pleat while sewing the current pleat. I’m always distracted and can’t sew it consistently.
  4. I used small stitch size and try to sew about 1mm or may be slightly less than that from the edge/folding. I didn’t sew current-pleats ‘under’ previous-pleat. I don’t know, I feel like the feel of the fabric becomes ‘thicker’ and not like i want. Feel like I’m making ‘accordion’. I really don’t know how to explain it in detail but the point is I just feel it doesn’t become what I want it to be if I didn’t sew it like that (^_^)”. If you think, you prefer to sew the current-pleats ‘under’ previous-pleats a.k.a the stitch is under the previous-pleats, then do it. No-restriction in this case (^_<). You can of course have your own R&D, too!
  5. If you see the pictures above, I haven’t reached what i can call consistency. Even so, it’s the best so far I can get and quite good progress compared to many failures (^_^)”. I still want to do 1-2 practice on ‘real’ project before real-real project is made. Haha. You know what? in real-real project, i only need 2-maximum 4 close pleats actually. Yet, i practice more than 4 pleats in ‘every practice-batch’ because I want to get used to the technique I think it’s the best for me.

I can sewing like this in easy way and fast but the result will not as good as i want it to be. Besides, actually, sewing will be easy and fast if I practice hard and harder. First important is to practice while analysing the BEST way to do it and then keep practicing the best way I find. The more I’m getting used to, the faster i can sew well

It would be different if I sew like a mess and keep sewing like a mess and get used to it. The habit and skill that i will get is skill to sew like a mess.

So, let’s not be lazy and keep practicing a GOOD sewing.

R&D : Sewing Ribbon on Collar

In current project, I am going to R&D sewing ribbon on collar. It is quite challenging for me because the curve side make it difficult for ribbon to follow when is being sewn.

I forgot from where I got the idea but here I am using FABRIC GLUE to attach the ribbon on. It is under process. I have not known if the pen marker can be washed. I have not know if it’s better to sew it. It is a very raw idea under process. I will write more about this later.

The first step was just glue the ribbon then iron it to make the ribbon stay. Do it gradually. Apply glue then iron, apply again and iron again until we finish. It may need some practice to make it perfect.

Not So Simple Backpack

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this was supposed to be quite simple backpack. But somehow, since i wanted to sew the zipper differently than i usually did, I didnt set up a step by step sewing procedure properly. I just sew as usual. Apparently, I sew in a wrong order so the result was not precise and the difficulty increased.

i also made a pattern mistake which i wanted to make side pockets flatter a bit but ended up with sewing difficulty due to thickness. 😰😰. I added a strap to make it thicker or fatter. So you can see there’s kind of ‘additional strap’ on the pockets. Yet, since it’s emergency correction, the precision of the stripe, the position of the pockets (the mark was quite disappeared and i was too lazy to do it again bcs the pieces were half assembled already when i fixed the pockets) and the sewing are not good. 😞. aaaaaand so does the zipper part. it wasnt precise too.
the lining inside should be modified too. separate pattern should be made. I didnt do it bcs i didnt think it would be necessary. I made the pattern very simple that actually it caused me difficulty in sewing. It was same to the lining. I should make separate different lining pattern but I used main fabric pattern
I want to write abt the zipper sewing later. I plan to make one more later. I hope i wont forget to take a picture. haha.
Also want to write abt lining pattern too. I dont plan to write a whole tutorial though. But if i have time, may be.

Few things to note (again) when making new project (though it looks like not new):

  1. set up a step-by-step sewing procedure.
  2. don’t just use main pattern as lining pattern.
  3. with that kind of pockets, it’s better to give more sewing allowance rather than 0.5cm or less. It’s even better to give at around 1.7-2cm.
  4. Better no interfacing used on pocket strap to be sewn on the main body. Interfacing will add thickness. Or even if it’s used, make it smaller than pattern, so the side to be sewn is still interfacing-less.

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BJD, Abussive Side

I have been watching in community abt this. BJD is expensive hobby. So, it is a quick conclusion by some people that people in this hobby are rich and they afford every bjd-related handmade. Just price it little bit under big company price, although it is actually not good quality, still, people will buy it. I dont know. That is so WRONG to me.

I think, regardless people is rich or not in this hobby, I must appreciate their money. Ten dollars messy handmade vs 30 usd good handmade is incomparable if it is MESSY. Some money has been spent or will be spent, so make it our best. It is selling anyway. Some quality cant be seen from picture only when it comes to online selling. So, regardless we can hide the quality or not, why not setting up ourselves? Why dont we learn about good, sell-decent handmade? Not bcs it is cheap or buyer affords our handmade, so we make it like a mess. I have been watching some handmade makers are irresponsible or dont care abt their product. Money oriented and quite abussive to this hobby people.

Of course, there is price for each quality but the example i said abt 10usd and messy product means that it is actually cant be sold even at that price. In short, it is actually totally failed product. Kind of handmade that is not made by heart at all. I have seen like that. My friend was the victim. I was speechless. It happens more than once. So… i am even more speechless. I was thinking, couldnt the seller appreciate the buyer money? 1,2,3 usd is still money. Every cent is worth! If it is spent on a seller, the seller should be grateful and give what is worth from the heart. If the product is not deserved to be sold yet, then dont sell. I wonder if they think messy product deserves a price?

Some people may think, the decision is on the buyer. It is their fault if they still choose bad product. I can not think like that. Buyer may decide to choose a product but when they choose, the seller should be grateful and honored, thus giving the best based on standard from big company. Sometimes, we cant make as good as they can but at least we know and pursue the decent standard.

What i also hate is when some people apply quite standard price but for financing their learning (and they are not learning fast either).

Again, buyers choose. My writing above is my position as a crafter.

It makes me angry and disappoint how ppl abuse this hobby. *That is also one of reasons the community sometimes consists people that is money oriented  (and existence oriented) and then try to kick out other people who they think are weak, doesnt have supporters, but have potential to be their competitor.  They dont do that on people who spend money on their product or potentially spend money on their product. It is disgusting to see something like this. Too money oriented disgusts me already and some people still add it with feud in community.

As a buyer…I am a bit relieve when purchasing thing from an artist and the result wasnt as expected, the artist kept responsible. Very nice one. But i turned down the offering and asked for refund bcs i think i rather wait for her to learn more and know good products out there.   i also rather pay 20-30 usd more to get a very good product than cheaper ones but i cant use it or it is not decent.

Want To Create But … :(

So frustating…

Want to create things aka sewing things but it’s like no time or the situation doesn’t permit. Goodness, my kids.

Actually, doll clothes can be made by crocheting but I don’t know…I prefer sewing. I’m not too fond of crocheted clothes for doll. Perhaps, I take dolls like myself. I mean, I don’t like wearing crocheted clothes. It’s like too heavy and hot. Perhaps, unless in my country, there’s winter, I would like it.

So frustating for unable to do anything.

I wish my boys are going to school soon. I wish they ll get full day school. So tired.

New bag! (Review coming soon)

Made this bag for personal use. I have reviewed it if i make it for sale. It will be ok for sale if i make it long time ago but i guess i have grown now. I have learned a lot, thought a lot, tried lots of (new) things (in terms of crafting).

So many things i want to do now. I dont know which one to prioritise. Akh! I guess i will be blogging for a while.

How to sew rubber and plain waist band

This tutorial is the best for sewing rubber and plain waist band combination. Not too difficult if you are usual to sewing. It’s all about hand coordination. I think, measuring and deciding how long is the rubber band needed is ‘more’ difficult than sewing it. Not because it’s rubber band, the fitting is guaranteed. If we wrong in measuring it, it can be useless as well as too tight.

 

http://makromatutorial.blogspot.co.id/2014/03/membuat-ban-pinggang-rok-rempel-dengan.html

A thought of hobby


sometimes i wonder, until when i will be in doll hobby. until when i am still slow to sell my handmade dolly things? sometimes, some obstacles are really stupid but unavoidable.

my dolly world was ruined by few jerks in the past. i havent recovered 100%. still holding a grudge. now i just play dolls outside the community. no more big community. no fun. only fight and fight. stupid. all they pursue is destroying each other

i guess i should just focus on myself and my hobby rather than stupid shit happened to me.

playing alone sometimes boring but healthier

Existence Stage

Yes, every one need one for what they do, including crafting or sewing or else. Why would we destroy other’s stage? So our stage look better than theirs? That’s cheap.

Everyone has RIGHT to show their talent in any (positive) ways and everyone who just loves to ruin other’s ‘stage’ are just cheap, mean, and guilty. No matter excuses created, no matter reasons created, cheap, mean, guilty. Period.

Some people might have ugly family background so they potential to be such cheap people, yet, to be like that is actually their own choice. I believe, people can feel if the mean intention comes to mind. It is their option to follow or not. To destroy other people’s stage is a decision.

It is also different from critics. If everything is buried under the term of critic, then everything is ‘legal’ or ok to destroy others. Pointing to negative or bad only or even the worse, create ones, is definitely not critics. Critics lead to solution, not just pointing here and there, insulting (but said as critic). That’s so stupid.