Now, we’ve really just sewn the straps totally shut at the ends. (Missa, why’d we just do that? It seems like a Bad Idea!) Here’s the deal: I hate having to hand-stitch an armscye shut. I do. It’s annoying. And there are a lot of ways around the problem, but there’s only one that works for both doll and human scale. We’re completely finishing each end of each strap, and then we’re going to butt the finished edges together and overhand them – there’s still hand sewing involved, but it’s minimal and it’s not on a curved seam.
If you have small children or other sensitive ears around, this might be a good time to blockade yourself in a relatively sound-proofed area. Turning a boned bodice out is often quite the fight, especially in human sizes with serious boning. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure it counts as a workout….
The problem is that the fabric sort of wants to tie itself into hopelessly immoveable knots inside of the strap. Try to stay calm, work slowly, and go in small nudges rather than trying to ram it all through at once. Take some comfort in the knowledge that this would be infinitely worse if you were working in cotton velvet. (Unless you are working in cotton velvet, and then I am very sorry…)
In general, on a human size I never want to go more than 1 1/2″ (center to center) between grommets. I want the top and bottom grommets no more than 1″ and no less than 1/2″ from the edges of the bodice. For the doll, I’m using 3/8″ centered spacing and staying 1/8″ away from top and bottom.
You will now need to set the eyelets, or set your grommets. You could decide to do hand-bound eyelets, which would be very lovely but is probably overkill for a bodice like this.
Ain’t she cute? I swear, I’ve never so much wanted to hand a doll a big ol’ tankard of ale! Tee hee….
If you are human, and you’ve never worn a corset or boned bodice before, you should know that getting it laced up will probably require some degree of manual readjustment in the boobal area. There’s really no way to avoid this.
There’s a subtle design lesson going on here: if you combine primary red and black, especially in a fitted black bodice, you have a pirate. True story. We’ve all seen at least a dozen women dressed almost exactly like this at faires. They are all wearing pirate boots. Hmmm…. I should make dolly boots! Heh. That would be ridiculously fab.
Anyway, congrats – you’ve got a bodice. Wear it with a circle skirt and a drawstring chemise, and you match my dolly!