A WIP is a ‘work in progress’ as I’m sure you already know and though this project is still in wip stage it is coming together and is, in fact, almost finished! 😮
The bodice has been a tricksy one! I have been working on it exclusively. The loosely knit cotton fabric I chose (which I thought would be perfect) had to be dyed to properly match the skirt. It took a couple of tries to get the colour right. First try was too light, second too dark. The third one looked great colour wise.
Yeah, sure, looks great now, but wait until I attempt the ‘seaming’!
Someone’s waiting impatiently, lol! But wait! One more shot before the seams….
I then tried every possible thing I could think of to sew in or attach the bodice seam lines. I tried weaving some stranded cotton through the base fabric but it wasn’t straight enough 🙁 Then I tried sewing a strand to the back of the base fabric creating a bump in the front. But, it didn’t look like a seamline. It frankly just looked messy and with the number of seam lines I was trying to emplo, it wasn’t going to work. Then I tried sewing the stranded cotton to the top of the base fabric, carefully looping over the strand and securing it. Nope, again it looked wavy and bumpy and not at all the look I was going for. In a last ditch attempt, I tried gluing the stranded cotton to the base fabric.
So here comes the glue…..
I thought it looked ok here. So I continued….
At this point I knew I wasn’t going to like it and the drawing board was looking more and more enticing, lol!
Those of you who know me know that I don’t like relying on glue. (I also don’t like doll fashions that are permanently sewn onto a doll and that you can’t take off, but that’s another story altogether :o) I feel that no matter how good the glue is, it will likely fail at some point in the future. (Thread might rot out in the future too I suppose, but anyway….) and glue can discolour over time. So in short I try to stay away from glue unless there is no other way, and I am really picky about the glues I use when I must use them. In this instance I couldn’t bring myself to rely on glue for the whole look of the bodice so even though it looked the best out of everything I had tried, I had to kibosh it and start again!
I HAD to start the bodice again. I mean you don’t want to come this far with a project and then ‘settle’ and of course failure is not an option! So I removed the bodice. I also removed about four of the upper skirt chiffon strips and reattached them and more. The skirt top wasn’t as nice at the back as it deserved to be. Now it is much better and just awaits it’s bodice.
The new bodice is chiffon. After careful consideration and various techniques attempted, this bodice has it’s seam lines carefully placed and sewn by hand. It’s funny, I has initially rejected chiffon (even though that’s what the real Oyster bodice is) because it has no stretch andÂ felt I was going to have trouble making it fit as closely to the doll as it needed to look right. In a larger version of this those lines would actually be separate pieces of fabric seamed together. That can’t be done here. Too much seam allowance on the backside. And unfinished chiffon edges, um, no…
The centre ‘dart’ line was done by machine, to keep things dead straight in the middle. It is the only one done by machine.
In the end all of this hand sewing of really what amounts to darts, has allowed it to fit really well and I wish I had tried this about four days ago, lol!
Don’t be alarmed by the thread hanging off. I will trim them close after the knots get a little, dare I say it, glue, lol! It’s only to keep the knots from unravelling 😮
So here’s where I’m at. ‘Just’ the vertical hip lines and a couple on each side of the back. Oh and of course the top each finishing, the attaching to the skirt, the fasteners, the straps and then the extra gorgeous draped bits of unfinished fabric over one shoulder and across the front to the hip….. and then it will be finished 😮 Sounds like quite a bit when I list it all out like that! I’d best get to it then, lol!
Thanks as always for reading and have a wonderful day!