We are currently here.
Best not come here in winter though, as it’s cold and windy – unless you’ve got a caravan, then you’ll also be lucky enough to have the space to make a corset for a 40cm tall articulated dolly of indeterminate gender, just like I did!
Procure some cane toad leather (mine was paper thin), just be sure to try and get one that has its glands positioned at breast height and width-wise on the doll. Glue it onto a piece of lightweight nonwoven fabric, making sure there’s quite a bit of extra fabric around the leather.
Make a dartless pattern for the corset using doll’s body measurements, remembering to add allowance for back closure and seam allowances around it’s perimeter, which will be glued down with PVA for strength. Sit down with a cup of coffee and biccies to reflect and make sure all is well with the pattern. Taking scissors – cut out corset and glue down the seam allowances. Sit down with a congratulatory coffee and chockies if it’s all working to plan; otherwise hit the alcohol cabinet.
Closure was done on the back by burning holes into the nonwoven with husband’s brand new soldering iron, making sure the fabric is folded 3 times on each side where holes are positioned – for strength. Also making sure husband is not in vicinity due to his anxiety levels that wonderful wife will somehow harm his tools (wrong! ..well, not very often..). Thread ribbon through the newly created holes. Stand back and admire your work, whilst deciding what sort of suspender-idge you’ll need for the stockings, and how on earth you are going to make them.
Why not make a bejeweled crown whilst you’re at it? Just get hold of a 2mm crochet hook and some 0.3mm copper wire, thread on some beads, then do a round of chain to fit the doll’s head. A row of double crochet into the chain, then 3 rows of double crochet for the central point, decreasing at both ends of each row – whilst randomly sliding a bead or two into your work. Do a couple of minor points on each side for balance. Satisfactorily gaze at the crowning glory you’ve created.
… now to work out the bottom half of this ensemble …
Create anything – anywhere, that’s my new motto!
Best wishes on your creations all going to plan or, at least, your drinks cabinet is well stocked..