Warning: Tons of photos! AND We have Wig Wefts!
After arriving a week and a half late we FINALLY got our wig wefts! In addition to 4 new shades we also got black in weft form. What is a weft, you ask? It is hair (in our case Premium nylon) with a track sewn along the top of the hair so that it can be attached in sections on either a wig cap or glued directly to the doll’s head. Before we listed the wefts for sale, I wanted to make a wig first make sure it would be good to work with and such. I used the fantastic tutorial from Evening Dreams 8 on tumblr and did a few variations.
Amazing weft prices! (In my humble opinion)
Wig pieces are a brand new item in our store but I still strive to make things affordable so customizing can be more accessible AND fun! Most weft pieces are devastatingly small and short, pretty much the main reason that has kept me away from buying them previously. I want hair to be long and glamorous! We have 3 separate listings of weft sizes that allow you to buy a smaller amount for Barbie or Monster High up to really long large wefts for your SD dolls! The amount of hair I used for this wig was the “middle” size, which is two 30 inch wefts x 10 inches long. And yes the price for that much hair is $10! Here is the listing, the other colors & sizes can be found in my eBay store:
I plan to do several wig in varying sizes, but I chose a 1/3 BJD wig first since my poor doll doesn’t have one. My model is a 1/3 Bobobie Ling (?) Doll-I’m not a fluent in BJD- who I got used and with a broken finger. I’ve yet to really find a look that fits her so I don’t even display her.
the FIRST mistake I made was using elastic that was too thin. 1/4 elastic didn’t allow for any grip given the size of her head. I think it would’ve worked on a barbie or 1/6 gals, but a head this size needs AT LEAST 3/8 inch elastic. I used some stretch lace as recommended by the tutorial I was following. It kinda (?) worked.
I think what I did wrong was place the lace over the head in the opposite direction when I sewed the elastic to it. Either that or I just have the wrong kind of stretch lace all together. I was able to work with it and I understood why stretch lace was recommended vs something like netting or pantyhose- the material is thin and easy to pull your needle through but won’t cause runs or tears like pantyhose could. So my first wig cap was not great, but looked more like an old lady shower cap:
In the tutorial I used the back stitch is stated as the method to use, but I got cocky and just started hand stitching without much thought. Which was my BIGGEST mistake of all. Not only does it effect the cap’s ability to stretch properly, but in my case I kept getting hair caught in the thread and getting super annoyed. For some stubborn reason I did the bottom layer of the weft like that.
[Note: I am not just going around the back for each row, I am going completely around the scalp because the wig weft is really big!]
Once I started the second row I wizened up and tried back stitching and my life got much easier. The style of stitch works well with the sewn track and it goes much faster. So if you take away anything from this, it should be to back stitch!
Learning as I go along
One thing that I did a variation on that I think is better is stitching the rows tighter together. From what I have read it seems like spacing between rows is almost a finger width & the norm. I started doing that but hated how thin it looked. When my husband did the initial measurements for ordering, he did the math based on sewing tight rows close to one another so the size of these wefts allow for that luxury! I love the look of fuller hair and so that was certainly the best part I learned from this experience.
Like any circular pattern, you eventually get to that spot on the top of the head that is bald and you have to decide how to style it. And since this has been 100% experiment thus far, I decided I would try something random and see how it would turn out.
So for kicks I took the 2 top rows and brushed them backwards since they were covering the eyes anyways and to add additional volume to the back. The temporary 80s rocker look I achieved was actually pretty cool!
To get a more sleek look, I used my handy dandy straitening iron to calm the hair down. It is nothing special, just a basic conair ceramic iron I have had for a few years. Because we only carry heat resistant hair, I use this iron on almost every project on the highest setting. And for these circumstances it is so fast and easy! I additionally straitened out a few small pieces in the back so that it would lay better.
Even with this much hair already used, I still had an extra 12 inches left!
I used the remaining hair to cover the remaining bald spot and to create a division in her style between the bangs and the rest of the hair. I lined up the tracks on the top of her head and sewed 2 rows on top of each other. Even after I was finished styling I had a few inches of track left!
After sectioning out her bangs and giving them a trim, look at how much hair I have left for other projects!
Despite some really dumb mistakes I could have avoided by simple following directions (pretty much sums up my whole life right there! Will I ever learn?) The wig turned out lovely. Daredevil is a sultry color that matches well with her dark eyes. I am finally excited again about giving her a face-up because I found a color that suited her!
Once I feel like I have gotten the hang of this I will do a proper tutorial video! I would love to see what more experienced wig makers could dream up with our wig wefts!
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Thank you EveningDreams8 for an excellent tutorial!