Sorry, people, but I'm done.
I'm asked this question too often, so I decided to write a post about materials used in my tutorials.
WHERE TO BUY XXX ONLINE?
Dear people, 99% of my materials are bought locally, and I cannot say where you could find the same online! Before asking me try to ask Google, as because English is not my first, I always check what Google shows for the keywords I provide to be sure it's a right thing.
I usually state in my tutorials that you should look for what best suits you, you may search for a substitutes, because in the most cases there is no that one and only "wonderful" stuff that gives you exactly the result you need! A lot still depends on your skills and hands though. I usually do a certain amount of research on my materials before using them, I know their qualities, pros and cons - dear people, there is no easy way, you MUST do that too!
A really good stuff that I could remember buying online is Apoxie Sculpt. But I'm still asked WHERE TO BUY IT ONLINE? Damn, ask Google and you'll find its manufacturer Avesstudio, but maybe there is a local models&miniatures shop in your area that sells it in a small amounts, and you shouldn't pay that huge USPS shipping fee? I don't know that. And there's always Milliput, Magic Sculpt that generally give the same results.
See how it works?
The same for Saran fibers. There are plenty of sources to buy it online. But you may like another kind of synthetic hair better, who knows?
I'm often asked WHERE TO BUY LEATHER ONLINE? Still, Google is your help! I don't buy it online, I have a whole factory in my city which produces leather and has a small shop selling it. And they don't sell it online, surprise!
Try to go to the secondhand store: there are an old leather boots, bags, coats, so find one in a good shape and use it!
It takes so much of my time to create a thorough tutorial, to make photos in the process of making something - and craft people know how tiresome it is to interrupt the process for making the photos... I translate my descriptions to English that's not my native, I compose a huge image to keep everything in order. It's so much work. And honestly I want you to do your bit of work too, to read everything carefully, to do your research on the resources available to you, etc.
And a small note on my patterns. I never give a sewing instructions. In my tutorials I try to cover the areas that weren't properly covered before, like making a dollie boots, making a laced wig on a hard cap, etc., so I could offer anything innovative. While sewing is such a basic thing, and there are so many books written on the matter so I don't even bother with the stuff. My patterns are intended for people who have at least basic sewing skills and understanding of patterns.
I recently learned that in some *certain* countries seam allowances are already added to the pattern. I don't know for what reason this practice was implemented, and I consider that plain stupid, not less. Because different fabrics require different allowances, and if the fabric is tightly woven allowance is less, and if the fabric easily frays at the edges alloowance should be bigger. It's crucial in a dollie clothes where we try to keep the allowance as small as possible.
Allowances for my patterns are described here, in the folder description: scargeear.deviantart.com/galle…
I don't mark a pairs of details "x2" because it's obvious in most cases. Some details even need to be marked x4. I never bother doing this for myself because I have that ONE piece that I outline four times on the fabric.
It's been about 4 years since I post my patterns and tutorials for free. I tried to be polite and to answer all questions during this time. But my time is my money. I GIVE something FOR FREE, and my target audience is people who are able to TAKE it with a little to no guidance. Please respect my motives and choices. Since today I reserve a right for myself not to answer a certain questions but to just give a link to this post. I'm still ready to answer questions on a certain stages of the process, or a specific questions that weren't described in the tutorial.