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kalajessta
09-26-2007, 03:57 PM
I've been suggested for a character that I want to cosplay to sew two wigs together to get the style and look right. Only issue is, I've never done such a thing before. Is there any sewing wigs tutorials around? Or has anyone heard of such a process before? It sounds a bit odd to me, but then again, the idea isn't that bad for the character.

Fire Lily
09-26-2007, 07:56 PM
If this is using 2 wigs to get more volume, I've done it several times. Here's how to do it. You will need: 2 wigs (or more depending on how much volume you want), scissors, a needle, thread the color of the wig, a wig brush, your knee, and some time.

1) Start with the wig you want as your base wig (the one you won't cut apart). Brush it and set it aside.

2) Take the second wig and brush it through. Then, cut each weft of hair out, complete with netting. DO NOT CUT THE HAIR ITSELF. You want enough netting on the top and bottom of the hair to be able to sew with. Start at the bottom of the wig, and, yes, even cut out the smaller fringed hair sections (you can use these to cover up your sewing areas). Cut out as many wefts as you need. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1604.jpg

3) Take the newly cut wefts and arrange them in order the way you cut them out (bottom to top, longer to shorter) so you know which wefts are which. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1633.jpg

4) Now, I like to start at the top of the base wig and work my way down, but feel free to start anywhere you like. Have some thread the same color as the hair. You can try putting the wig on a wig form, but I use my knee because I need the flexibility and space in order to sew. Take your first weft in hand. Part the base wig hair horizontally, revealing the netting inbetween each weft of hair. Center your newly cut weft at the topmost part of the wig on the netting. Pin the weft to the netting. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1817.jpg

5) Then sew both the wig netting and the weft netting together with needle and thread. You can either sew a straight line across the top and bottom of the weft net, or you can loop the thread diagonally across the hair. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1646.jpg
Do this until the weft is completely sewn into the wig. Then, take the weft, toss it over the rest of the wig, and part the next section of the base wig. Repeat sewing. Do this until you can't put anymore wefts in, or you run out. You will have some long hair pieces that have the fringe at the top of the weft - use these toward the middle or bottom of the base wig. If you want to use the small, fringe sections, sew those over the weft tops toward the bottom of the wig. Put them higher up and the hair will stick out and look funny. You'll get a feel for where you want them with practice.

6) Once you are finished sewing all the wefts of the second wig into the base wig, flip all that hair back over until the wig is normal again, then very carefully brush through. Voila! You are done. Your wig looks great and it has more hair. Yay! http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1859.jpg

Please PM me if you have any questions or concerns ^.^

If this is actually piecing together 2 completely different wigs, making a sort of Frankensteinian monster of a hair piece, I'm sure this little tutorial will still be somewhat instructive.

pmastamonkmonk
09-26-2007, 08:59 PM
I had to sew two together to make Rumiko Takahashi backwards bangs.

I cut the short wig in half right where the mesh started, used the back for the bangs. I flipped the two wigs inside out and sewed them together. I did a bad job of it though and ended up sewing the left over front of the short wig on top of the two wigs to hide the seam and give it a more natural look. ^^; Katie Bair is good with things like this, though...

kalajessta
09-26-2007, 09:04 PM
If this is using 2 wigs to get more volume, I've done it several times. Here's how to do it. You will need: 2 wigs (or more depending on how much volume you want), scissors, a needle, thread the color of the wig, a wig brush, your knee, and some time.

1) Start with the wig you want as your base wig (the one you won't cut apart). Brush it and set it aside.

2) Take the second wig and brush it through. Then, cut each weft of hair out, complete with netting. DO NOT CUT THE HAIR ITSELF. You want enough netting on the top and bottom of the hair to be able to sew with. Start at the bottom of the wig, and, yes, even cut out the smaller fringed hair sections (you can use these to cover up your sewing areas). Cut out as many wefts as you need. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1604.jpg

3) Take the newly cut wefts and arrange them in order the way you cut them out (bottom to top, longer to shorter) so you know which wefts are which. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1633.jpg

4) Now, I like to start at the top of the base wig and work my way down, but feel free to start anywhere you like. Have some thread the same color as the hair. You can try putting the wig on a wig form, but I use my knee because I need the flexibility and space in order to sew. Take your first weft in hand. Part the base wig hair horizontally, revealing the netting inbetween each weft of hair. Center your newly cut weft at the topmost part of the wig on the netting. Pin the weft to the netting. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1817.jpg

5) Then sew both the wig netting and the weft netting together with needle and thread. You can either sew a straight line across the top and bottom of the weft net, or you can loop the thread diagonally across the hair. http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1646.jpg
Do this until the weft is completely sewn into the wig. Then, take the weft, toss it over the rest of the wig, and part the next section of the base wig. Repeat sewing. Do this until you can't put anymore wefts in, or you run out. You will have some long hair pieces that have the fringe at the top of the weft - use these toward the middle or bottom of the base wig. If you want to use the small, fringe sections, sew those over the weft tops toward the bottom of the wig. Put them higher up and the hair will stick out and look funny. You'll get a feel for where you want them with practice.

6) Once you are finished sewing all the wefts of the second wig into the base wig, flip all that hair back over until the wig is normal again, then very carefully brush through. Voila! You are done. Your wig looks great and it has more hair. Yay! http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e75/TJbuffy1/?action=view&current=05-17-07_1859.jpg

Please PM me if you have any questions or concerns ^.^

If this is actually piecing together 2 completely different wigs, making a sort of Frankensteinian monster of a hair piece, I'm sure this little tutorial will still be somewhat instructive.

Ooh, thank you very much! That is very useful. I'm partially doing this for thickness and length. But I'll try my best. I will contact you if I run into difficulties.