neavvs asked: hi, im trying to help a friend out with her first cosplay and she's thinking about haruhi from ouran. we're a little short on time and skill though. and i've always made my own so i was hoping you would know of a good trustworthy place to buy her blue uniform.
When I made my ouran blazer, I bought a light blue blazer on ebay from someone in my country so it shipped to me fast, and then I also ordered the patch and tie from a seller on ebay (it’s been years I can’t remember which specific seller). The pants are just regular black slacks and the shirt is a regular white button down, so I just got those at a thrift shop.
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How to Sew Vinyl/Faux Leather with Minimal Crying
Faux leather, vinyl, and pvc (and faux fur) are some of my favorite materials to work with, but even with the right machine foot and needles you can still end up with, uh, this, when you try to top-stitch.
Nope, we don’t want that. Using just a basic machine, (I use a Brother LS-2125) an all-purpose needle, all-purpose thread, and an all-purpose foot, as well as a secret ingredient, nice clean stitches are possible! This is a quick tutorial for beginners without any fancy equipment.
Start by sewing your fabric right side to right side. (I’ve lined my material, but you can use this method for leather-to-leather as well) You’ll want to use a low tension, so the thread itself doesn’t stretch the fabric.
Always test a bit of scrap material before you start stitching, because each machine is a little different!
Also use the widest stitch setting your machine has. This prevents excess perforation; the more perforated your faux leather or vinyl, the more likely it is to tear!
Turn your fabric inside out, and get ready to top-stitch! These kinds of materials are very difficult to iron, so you’ll have to use your fingers to smooth the edges as you’re sewing, rather than iron them. Ready for the secret ingredient?
A touch of Vaseline! With your finger, just touch the surface of your vaseline or petroleum jelly, then rub it down the edge of your material where the machine foot will pass over it. You don’t need much, so don’t make a mess!That’s right, lube that sh*t up
Petroleum jelly is perfectly safe for vinyl and faux-leather, and I’ve found that it sort of disappears and doesn’t need to be wiped off, although you can use a damp sponge to remove any excess if you’d like.
Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t touch other fabrics, which will absorb the vaseline, and you will need to clean your machine foot in the sink with a bit of dish-soap before you move on to another non-leather project.
Other than that, congratulations! Your stitches (and you) are beautiful!
There are lots of other methods for working with faux-leather out there, as well as products specifically made for lubricating your machine foot to use over vinyl and pvc, but this has worked perfectly for me (in fact I didn’t cry at all this time!) and I hope it’ll help you make your leather dreams come true too!
Feel free to add any other tips or information!
meganekazuto asked: I ordered a wig for a character thats supposed to have almost white hair, but it came in a bright blue. Is there a way to lighten the color?
Anonymous asked: I'm planning on purchasing a pair of contacts for my Roxy Lalonde cosplay, and I don't have a prescription. (I have 20/20 vision.) However, the sight I'm buying from, pinkyparadise, offers prescription lenses with no option for non prescription. For the prescription area, do I just keep the option with a -1.25?
Absolutely not. Those lenses would have prescription and would mess up your vision/eyes if you tried to wear them when you have perfect sight. I would say maybe email them and ask if they have a plano 0.00 variation of that lense or just find another brand/color with plano.
fukawa-matata asked: How do I braid synthetic wigs? (Touko Fukawa from Dangan Ronpa)
The same way you do regular hair when it’s a low hairstyle. Just make sure you have a thick wig so the wefts don’t poke through and wear a dark wig cap so the gaps aren’t as noticeable if they do show through.