Now that I’ve got all the photography done, it’s time to pick up where we left off in The Basic Conical Torso Block (Part 1). We’re completing a basic torso block that we can use for the simplified, conical torsos popular in Renaissance, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Pompadour, Colonial, and all other eras between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth centuries. (She says, throwing as many keywords into one sentence as humanly possible.) One block, three hundred years of fashion – how can you lose?
Please note, again, that I am working with a 16″ fashion doll for ease of picture taking (and model time scheduling). She’s a Tonner/Effanbee Brenda Starr, in case anyone is doll shopping.
Preparing for Fitting
You could simply tape all your little triangles shut, tape a few long strips on to the strap stubs, and try to do the fitting with your nice, floppy piece of paper. I’d advise against it (even when working with doll sizes) for three simple reasons. First, all that tape looks a mess. Secondly, paper is floppy, apt to tear or crease oddly, and generally ill-suited for even the most rudimentary fit-checks. Thirdly, when we cut out the block, we only cut half of it and didn’t leave any extra for changes to the fit. That will make for some troubles if everything isn’t perfect. And trust me, things are seldom ever perfect on the first go. (If I thought it would be, we wouldn’t be talking about fittings, would we?)
Next: Adding the straps…