Then -and here you have to be *careful* because half of the real trick is there. Well, just manage to twist the glued paper between your fingers so that you *break the paper's structure*, only then you will see that the paper will get quite a cloth like look :) Okay, the following of this SBS is scheduled for monday i suppose :) Special note for the french J'ai noté qu'un certain nombre de français passaient par la traduction Google pour lire mon blabla, j'en suis désolé, entretenir ce blog est aussi pour moi une bonne façon d'entretenir mon anglais, mais je réponds aux questions s'il y a un truc précis que vous voulez savoir :)
Okay so it wasn't Monday but Tuesday. Having a small kid means you go to sleep early. So the first part of the pictures shows the kind of glue i use, and also the plastic brush I use to apply this kind of glue, it's a '"paint shaper'" or so they tell. So what i am doing is just rolling the sleeve against a match so that it creates some of the folds you have as the lapel of the sleeve is of a smaller diameter than the sleeve of course. Once i have some nice folds, i cut the sleeve like you would have normally for a shirt and then i glue a folded-up sheet of cig paper to have a stronger feel about that lapel. Then I set apart the unglued part of the lapel from the sleeve so that the whole could get more pliability once I will shape the whole shirt.
Then of course i have to cut the opening for the sleeves in the main body of the shirt. I am doing that from the inside with my trusty blade! Then I slice my sleeve accordingly and glue it in the inside of the body of the shirt. Of course I insert some matches so that each side doesn't glue to the other one.
Then i am doing the same kind of job for the collar, but here the job is more tricky as the point would be that the shirt doesn't look like it's been ironed. So i set apart the lapels of the collar with a blade and insert some matches to break the shape of the glued paper. That's all for now, the nexts steps are the buttons and of course the final shaping!
Now i pour some superglue on the back of a Saké glass and (last tricky part), *I paint with the shirt with superglue using the back of a modelling knife* Now why is it tricky, hey because if the superglued-up paper touches ANYTHING, it sticks up and you ruin the paper work! It's not recommended that the paper touches the skin too because you might have it permanently glued to the finger (see small picture). But then in this case you can always use a knife to separate skin from paper. So i tend to work in 2 times to avoid the stuff touching anything. i let the glue set while still holding the shirt. It's usually set in about 5 -10 minutes anyway.