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Deteriorating Outfits

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BeyondTime
On 10/25/2020 at 11:59 AM, Singer Yuna said:

I saw last years’ Kaede casual set at Mandarake and sun ate the top colors! Sigh

The surface of those shoes look to have deterioration too. It may have been more than sunlight at work here.


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la_

I have the Volks Balloon dress and the pleather straps on it are also in very bad shape. I had a doll wearing it while posed, without moving it whatsoever, and I'd still find her covered in brown flakes every day. The lace is also starting to get a bit yellow. I bought it secondhand so I have no idea what the previous storage conditions were.

 

This sucks. One of my favourite Volks sets has pleather pants and a pleather skirt. Guess I need to have my dolls wear them often while they're still good.

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Selenae

This is why I avoid pleather anything like the plague. 😬

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Gabihime

I can comment on this from a human fashion perspective.  Japan uses a lot of pleather on fashion items, due to cost and also the ability to produce very thin pleather in many different colors.  I love rehabilitating stuff, so I often buy old pieces and fix them.  Whether it’s shoes or bags, pleather simply doesn’t age very well, no matter how well you take care of it. Especially very thin pleather.  I generally patch pleather with custom mixed artist grade acrylic paint (Golden is the brand I’ve been using since art school).  For doll scale items, finding actual leather to the right scale and thinness can be super challenging, and ultimately cost prohibitive (I love watching miniature saddle makers work on Breyer tack, and they’ll often get a big piece of hide where only a small portion is good enough quality and thinness to make a piece.)

Actually, I can compare leather directly to pleather in doll clothes, since several years ago we commissioned an awesome seamstress to remake the “leather” parts of Excellen’s uniform to fit her new Dynamite body.  It took a super long time to find red leather that was thin enough to be used for the project, and even with the seamstress doing an amazing job, it’s still a lot stiffer than her actual fullset pieces (they’re in fine shape right now, but they haven’t been used much and don’t have a ton of folds, where pleather tends to deteriorate the most).

I do think Volks is heavily focused on aesthetics, and I can understand that.  It’s one of the reasons we’re drawn to Volks things in the first place.  And the same is true for me when it comes to Jfashion.  Even though I know that pleather items don’t wear well, I still buy the ones I like and plan to rehabilitate them over time.  I’m also not afraid to use them (my bags and shoes get heavy use because I am hella clumsy).  I think fashion items for humans or dolls that you’re afraid to use is a super sad thing.  Clothes want to be worn.  It makes them happy.

I wish the thin pleather items wore better.  I’m always hoping for more advances in materials engineering.  The stuff that has happened over the last fifteen years has been incredible for the hobby community.  I look forward to more and more advances, to find a leather like material that is thin, the correct specularity, producible in many colors, and sturdier than what we have now.  Hope springs eternal.

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Mega Negi

So the default Miku costume has this belt that connects from the front of her skirt to the back with a triangular pattern on it.

It's beginning to deteriorate with the layers separating. Both Mikus are showing this problem, including the one that never goes out or gets any direct sunlight. Must be the material aging. 

Is there a type of glue that I should use? Is there a type of glue I should avoid using?

Is anyone else seeing this?

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seraphicdolls

I have had some pleather items from Volks and sadly they don't hold up too well - especially boots or jackets that are covered in the material. Sadly reminds me of some of the Takara Jenny outfits that would flake off - the darker colors can be worrisome because of staining. 

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Misuka

I have an early pair of (probably pleather) faux-leather shoes from volks. They have become completely friable and the bow has 'shattered' off. They are however, probably about ten years old now, or close to it.

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Tokimemofan

Nothing more depressing than seeing this on a doll that is such a pain to find in any condition uggh

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chef_mai

I've tracked down a really old DD outfit that I like, but the photo shows it being significantly yellowed (all parts, not just the skirt). How treatable is this?

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Poofiemus

Welp, I have a rare, non-pleather deterioration to report: the black fabric pieces on DDS version Marisa Kirisame's default.  Specifically the hat, skirt, and vest.

Now, maybe I'm just super unlucky, but on mine the black parts are straight up disintegrating: touching them causes them to shed lint like crazy, and after a bit of handling holes show up. It's not even fraying, the fiber is just GONE. I was going to try to go visible mending and repair the holes with some embroidery, but even with a ton of Fray Check I can't keep this stuff together. 

Thankfully the white parts are all a bog standard cotton, and that's held up pretty well. My plan now is to remake the black parts. . . and embellish them while i'm at it lol. I got my Marisa because she's cute, not because of the character, so I'm going to take this design to 11 with embroidery, trim, and a celestial aesthetic. I'm still salty that it's come to this though. 

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On 8/31/2022 at 5:18 AM, chef_mai said:

I've tracked down a really old DD outfit that I like, but the photo shows it being significantly yellowed (all parts, not just the skirt). How treatable is this?

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Sometimes the yellowing comes out with just a gentle handwashing in mild detergent but it's not guaranteed

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Poofiemus
On 8/31/2022 at 3:18 AM, chef_mai said:

I've tracked down a really old DD outfit that I like, but the photo shows it being significantly yellowed (all parts, not just the skirt). How treatable is this?

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Sorry I skipped this earlier! So, my first thought was Oxy-Clean, but that may be too strong. I did see someone on TikTok use this thing called Nellie's Wow Stick to remove stains from a vintage wedding dress with great results. I haven't tried it yet myself, but I sure want to lol. 


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chef_mai

Thanks for the advice! I ended up finding the same outfit at Dollyteria without that staining, but I'll keep it in mind for the future.

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