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LilRabbit

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So... ol' Jake Rabbit here is thinking about taking up sewing as a bit of a hobby. In all honesty, I want to get to the point where I can eventually build my own fursuits - at least a partial and the ability to do some light modifying.

Yeah that's ambitious and is a LOT of work - especially when you have absolutely zero experience like I do.

So I was wondering... where do you start? What are some good resources? Not just on fursuit construction (I know there's that LiveJournal that's really good for that in particular).

I'm asking here, where did the fursuiters on here learn how to sew, to begin working on their projects?
 

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Well ,I grew up learning to sew, and so did many people of the generations before me. Lots of community colleges and adult learning centres hold "hobby" classes, and sewing is a common one. The best thing you can do is phone up a couple of nearby places and see what they offer.

Another good thing to do to get you started is to look up childrens sewing crafts online, things like making a felt stocking for at xmas time etc. They all look horrendously easy, but they are quite tricky if you've never done it before, and are such good practice!
 

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Haha when i read that the first time through, i didn't see the fur part on the end of daughter and was like 'whoooaaaaaa'
 

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Well ,I grew up learning to sew, and so did many people of the generations before me. Lots of community colleges and adult learning centres hold "hobby" classes, and sewing is a common one. The best thing you can do is phone up a couple of nearby places and see what they offer.

Another good thing to do to get you started is to look up childrens sewing crafts online, things like making a felt stocking for at xmas time etc. They all look horrendously easy, but they are quite tricky if you've never done it before, and are such good practice!
That's a pretty good point, thanks! I am going to be starting college pretty soon and maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to sign up for one of those classes next semester or something. If they any, that is.

i can ask my daughterfur. she makes fursuits for a living
That would be great, thanks. :)
 

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I'm looking forward to buying "ADISC-discounted-99%-off" sleepers from you :D
 

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I'm looking forward to buying "ADISC-discounted-99%-off" sleepers from you :D
Haha you know if I get good enough I'm totally making some stuff like that ;)
 

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I've never sewn a fur suit, but I've made footed pajamas and I've been sewing most of my life and I can give you pointers about where to start and misc tips. Most of the time beginning sewers start out making a pillow case and then move onto something slightly more complicated, such as a pair of pajama pants.

Also, to get the hang of surging, you can make a blanket. All you have to do there is get about a yard and a half to two yards (depending on how big you want your blanket to be) of fleece or flannel and surge the edges. Surging a blanket is one of the easiest projects to do.

If you think you'd benefit from taking a class, see if there are any fabric stores around. Chances are they'll have a few classes to offer
 

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Bet you didn't know I used to be able to knit, did you!? :p


(For real, I used to do it)
I didn't know that... Why didn't you tell me when I was talking about sewing when you were here!? :D

I've never sewn a fur suit, but I've made footed pajamas and I've been sewing most of my life and I can give you pointers about where to start and misc tips. Most of the time beginning sewers start out making a pillow case and then move onto something slightly more complicated, such as a pair of pajama pants.

Also, to get the hang of surging, you can make a blanket. All you have to do there is get about a yard and a half to two yards (depending on how big you want your blanket to be) of fleece or flannel and surge the edges. Surging a blanket is one of the easiest projects to do.

If you think you'd benefit from taking a class, see if there are any fabric stores around. Chances are they'll have a few classes to offer
That is some good advice, thanks. Yeah I'm not even trying to jump right into fursuit making, obviously. So beginning sewing - any beginner projects - is helpful. Because I seriously have no idea where to begin. I'm hoping to get a sewing machine soon. My mom said she wanted one, so it won't be a total waste of money if I end up not liking it.
 
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I didn't know that... Why didn't you tell me when I was talking about sewing when you were here!? :D
Two different things, brah!

Sewing is cutting and stitching fabrics, knitting is making a sweater or something from wool string.

...Unless you want to be blazingly hot in your suit, forget I said anything! :cool:
 

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Two different things, brah!

Sewing is cutting and stitching fabrics, knitting is making a sweater or something from wool string.

...Unless you want to be blazingly hot in your suit, forget I said anything! :cool:
Oh but I AM blazingly hot in my suit. That one girl at Anthrocon told me so, remember? :D
 

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hey, well I do not make suits, I stick with diapers and a few other things like what you will find on my etsy shop secretroom.etsy.com but I would say the first thing to do is find somone to take a class with. Through schools and Businesses are ok, but there is not going to be much chance to learn the things thatwill built to full suits. I say finds somone that will teach you one on one. And before you say the cost is too much keep in mind many people will take trades, items, skills, or tasts. This is somthing that I did with my teacher for one of my sculptures.
 
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