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A few different questions 
30th-Jan-2013 03:14 pm
Breaking the nice train of wardrobe posts, I have a few questions that need some experienced advice. Here I go:

1. Has anyone bought/used wig fringes or winges? I bought a wig that was pictured with a side bang, but got a no-bangs wig instead. It's a bit too late to return so I though maybe getting a clip-on wig fringe to solve my dilema. Has anyone used them and/or can recommend places to buy them?

2. How do you flatten lace? A new vest I got has some thin lace that folded over in the package and I want to know how I could make it flat again.

3. What accessories would go well with sleeveless attire? For the same vest mentioned above, I really like how it looks without a blouse/sleeves underneath, but I feel like my arms are too bare. Not sure how to make up for it except arm warmers...

4. How does one go about making or finding jabots? What's the difference between a jabot and a cravat?

Thank you in advance for any comments or answers!
Comments 
30th-Jan-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
1. No idea. I don't wear wigs.
2. If the lace is cotton then use an iron. If it's synthetic maybe try getting it wet and putting something over it so it stays flat until it dries.
3. Gloves.
4. Jabot and cravat...you could easily use the internet to look up the difference. (a cravat like a long cotton ribbon wrapped around the neck and then tied. A jobot collection of layered lace/ fabric worn around the neck) You can buy them on etsy or historic sites even fan +friend has jobots, innocent world does too.

edit: and for making a jabot here's a good link. http://artbeautyandwell-orderedchaos.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-make-18th-century-jabot-stock-or.html

Edited at 2013-01-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
31st-Jan-2013 03:50 am (UTC)
I think steaming would work for the lace. I haven't tried it as I haven't had this problem yet.

31st-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
1. Unless the store you bought the wig from made a mistake, it's likely the same wig as pictured. The thing is, wigs normally come un-styled, without bangs (or with stupidly long bangs), and it is expected that you cut it to the appropriate shape/style. Everyone has a different face shape, so if a wig came pre-styled with blunt bangs, they would be too long on someone, too short on someone else, not wide enough, etc. If you don't feel confident cutting bangs into the wig yourself, take it to a hair dresser. They will cut it while you wear it for the price of a regular haircut (sometimes cheaper).

2. Ironing. An average iron has settings for different materials (synthetic, cotton) so choose the one that's appropriate for your garment and iron carefully. Test the iron first on a hidden area of the garment so you can make sure your settings are correct.

3. Uh... I personally don't agree with wearing a vest without a blouse, lol. If you really love a sleeveless look, can I suggest finding a sleeveless blouse to wear underneath? A vest with no blouse will show so much chest!

4. A cravat is the precursor to the modern tie - a long strip of fabric knotted around the neck. A jabot is technically similar but, in the EGA meaning, it's... frillier? Lol! I can't really help you with finding them, but major brands like Atelier Boz and Moitie often put out blouses with jabots.
31st-Jan-2013 05:48 am (UTC)
I guess I should have posted a picture of the vest to clarify: img-thing. When I wear it, it only shows a bit of my collar bone. ^^ But a sleeveless blouse may work as well.
31st-Jan-2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Sew-sweet said what I was going to say about the wig. It's better that way anyway because I would hate to get a wig with blunt bangs because my face is my suited for side bangs.

The lace, you can steam it or iron it on a very low setting. Just do a test on a corner to make sure it's fine

With the vest, you can wear a shear lace top underneath. That way you aren't showing too much arm, but you're still basically just wearing the vest. To gain confidence wearing lolita, I started out just wearing a lace top underneath my JSK because I felt overdressed with the blouse. I still use them under OPs sometimes if they show a little too much because I personally don't like how OPs look with a long sleeved blouse underneath.
31st-Jan-2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
I see. What do you mean by lace top? It's a little hard for my to visualize ^^;
31st-Jan-2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Like this

I know American Apparel has them in a body suit sort of thing so that it doesn't ride up. Although it makes it kind of hard to go to the restroom, haha. Course, AA is dumb expensive, but it's just a visual. You can always browse around for cheaper. I found mine at Target so I'm sure you can find it pretty much anywhere

Edited at 2013-01-31 07:24 pm (UTC)
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