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Topic: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along  (Read 1334598 times)
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« Reply #9440 on: June 04, 2009 02:40:18 PM »

Go with a knit, slightly fuzzy. I just used a stretchy suede and it's worked really well I think, lol!
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« Reply #9441 on: June 04, 2009 02:54:42 PM »

Amigurl55, that's so pretty. I know exactly what you mean about the "so called silk" or silk like fabrics. I got some from Joann's and it practically started to fall apart as soon as I cut it!

I think you did an excellent job with it though. From that Kimono I would have never known that you had problems.
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« Reply #9442 on: June 04, 2009 03:23:32 PM »

I think you did an excellent job with it though. From that Kimono I would have never known that you had problems.

Agreed... it looks really great!

Wow thats awesome!

What fabric would you say is best suitable for poppet skin? 

I can't find faux sueded in Canada that has stretch, so I use velour, I am utterly in love with the fabric now. You can also try fleeces, like polar fleece, with some stretch to it.
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« Reply #9443 on: June 04, 2009 03:39:57 PM »

Your kimono is great! Do you have a picture of the back so I can see your obi?
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« Reply #9444 on: June 04, 2009 04:08:32 PM »

beautiful kimono! I like them both your test and "real" one. Smiley I'm glad to know about that fraying! I plan to make a shirt and use a simillar fabric for the front and back peice and I think I will interface with lightweight just to help with fraying.

For the poppet skin cotton is totally doable I made one. It is helpful if the fabric has a slight stretch. Test it by tugging the fabric on the bolt in a few different directions. If it stretches then "bounces" back then  it's safe. Also examine the cut edge. Look for a fabric with very few threads hanging off. Also rub the cut edges jsut a little between your fingers if it starts to fray stay away! You can also place your hand under one unfolded layer and if you can see though it stay away. Basically you want it to be thick enough you can't see through, have a bit of stretch and not fray much.
Some good things to try that you may have at home:
an old t-shirt
bathrobe
microfiber or fleece blanket or shirt/skirt

If none of those are available, try fleece, thick flannel (if thin interface!), alova suede or stretch suede, micro suede works but can be tricky to sew for some. Also try using the directions above to pick a totally unique fabric!

Oh if you go with flannel avoid hobby lobby's like the plague. Walmart's is thicker and won't get holes when turning or stuffing. Smiley And it's cheaper!
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« Reply #9445 on: June 04, 2009 04:36:42 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

Regular suede stuff works fine for poppets, that's what my first one is made out of.

The obi isn't a real obi...


I just tied and manipulated the fabric so that it sort of looks like an obi.



And holy dang cow, I'm making a poppet right now and the head just doesn't want to cooperate.  Arg!  It got so bad that I had to throw a head away and I need to make a whole new one.
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« Reply #9446 on: June 04, 2009 06:36:47 PM »

Here's a sneak peek of my 2nd ever poppet, her name is gonna be Alice.  Smiley



This one is turning out better than my first try Mr. Fat head, but because of this fabric freying so much its gonna come out kinda wonky... lol
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« Reply #9447 on: June 04, 2009 07:43:46 PM »

I like the back of the obi! I made mine as acurate as I could on my geisha Sayuri. It was a pain. On the newest geisha doll I made the obi by cheating as well!
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lol beth, i don't keep up with this thread much since if i did i'd never sleep lol i was just floored someone even saw it, no one ever mentioned it when i posted lol... thanks for remembering to suggest it!

eliea... walmart doesn't sell fabric anymore, according to their 800 number all fabric departments were phased out last year, which sucks because i had never even bothered to buy fabric anywhere else... now i'm spending twice as much on fabric that's less convenient Sad
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« Reply #9449 on: June 04, 2009 09:43:51 PM »

Thats weird both walmarts where I live still carry fabric and bring in new stock all the time.
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