I’ve spent the last couple days jimmying around with my pattern for a cloth doll with legs, and now I have a doll pattern that goes together almost entirely on the machine! Yay! While I was fooling with the pattern, I decided to make her figure slightly more, well, you know, realistic.
Also, her neck was a separate piece, and that was a ridiculously teeny little curve to set in. Her feets had a separate sole, and there were little armscye insets to control the contouring of her upper chest. She was a pain, really. Very adorable, but very high maintenance. Now, I don’t like high maintenance people, so the last thing I really need is a high maintenance doll pattern.
The new one solves those problems. Her body is made in 8 long pieces that go from her neck down to her little toesies, and they’re true. (That’s not me going all old-west-movie-dialog on you – I mean that all the curves are matched in length, so even though any two pieces are different shapes they sew together without weird leftover bits. That’s important in any pattern. It’s more important when you have to start at the front princess seam, sew over the bust, down the front of the leg, up the back of the leg, over the behind, and up the back princess seam in one go…. Not a lot of margin for error, there.)
I realized when I was working on Vicksie that cloth dolls are squishy. (I think I was the last person alive who hadn’t made that little mental leap yet, but hey… I get there eventually!) Any-hoo, what with the squishy factor and all, I started thinking, “Gee, wouldn’t it be great to make a doll with more normal proportions, and then show what happens when you squish her with a corset? I bet that would be pretty cool…”
And, hey, whaddaya know – she even gets a little bloomph right under the bodice where she’s no longer being forcibly contained, JUST LIKE A PEOPLE!!! I’m so excited!
Holy Grail, Batman! Now I can show you why your back hurts! Er, wait, no, I mean, now I can show you how different garments reshape a body!
I mean, look – you can tell that the bodice sits above the smallest part of the waist. Neat! If I’d taken pictures of dressing the doll, you’d know that the skirt waistband fits fine before the bodice goes on, but is loose afterwards and has to be tucked under the edge of the bodice! I have costumes just like that! (Actually, that’s why I switched over to the all-kirtles-all-the-time channel – no more gosh-darned waistbands. More on making kirtles later….) Heck, you can even see that circle skirts are ruthlessly unkind on a body with a hip.
I’m also stupidly proud of her posterior. I mean, that’s a cute butt for a doll. Teehee… I’m losing my mind. It’s just that I’ve sewn an awful lot of itty bitty bodies lately…