Here's a more extensive tutorial on the fishnets. I'm not sure how great my explaining skills are (it makes sense to me, that's all I know!) so if there are any further questions, don't hesitate to ask.THE BASIC IDEA
Take your completed, but not attached, poppet leg. Insert your needle, threaded with the thread you are using for the fishnet, at a point along the back leg seam. This, your starting point, is represented by the RED dot in the picture.
Now, on the front leg seam, locate the point that is horizontally across from your starting point. This is represented by the little BLACK mark in the picture. From this point, go up the leg along the front seam. Find a point along the front seam which will create the angle you want the strands of the fishnet at - the angle you'll get is the RED line in the picture, and the point which gives you this angle is the BLUE dot in the picture.
At the blue dot, insert your needle, taking up the smallest amount of fabric you can. Pull the thread so it is tight against the side of the leg.
Now, insert your needle back at your starting point on the back leg seam. Again, pull the thread so it is tight against the side of the leg.
Repeat this process again, a little ways up the leg. (The BLACK line in the picture is the line you just did.) Ideally, you want to make sure that the thread is going at about the same angle every time you do this (so that the lines are parallel, or close to it) - so make sure that the distance between the points on the back seam and the points on the front seam are the same.
When you have done this all up and down the entire leg, you'll have something that looks like this:
When you've reached this point, you're going to repeat the whole thing, but now, you start at the back seam and go to a point DOWN on the front seam, where before you went UP along the front seam.
At the back seam, insert your needle at the point of one of the "V"s formed by the threads you've already done. Again, this is represented by the RED dot in the picture. Now, on the front seam, locate the point that is horizontally across from your starting point, the little BLACK line in the picture. Before, you would go up the front seam a certain amount from the horizontal-point. Here, you're going to go down from the horizontal-point the same amount - this is represented, as before, by a BLUE dot.
But, you can't just use that point. You need to meet the "^" made by your previous threads, so choose whichever of those "^" is closest to the angle you need. (See the picture - in this case, I would probably make the angle a little smaller, and connect to the "^" just above the blue dot, so I end up using the GREEN line.)
As before, repeat, trying to keep your lines as close to parallel as you can.TIPS
- I find it's easier to get a good angle if you start in the middle of the leg, and work up from there, then down from there, than it is to start at the hip and work down, or to start at the toe and work up.
- To get the look of holes/tears in the fishnets - first, figure out where your "blue dot" point on the front seam is. Now, proceed as if you were going to insert the needle at that point, but instead, insert it in the side of the leg, before the seam. You want your insertion point to be along the line that you would have gotten if you had put the needle in at the blue dot point - parallel to the other lines. Resurface - again, along the line that you would have gotten if you hadn't put in a tear - whenever you want the tear to stop, and proceed as usual.
- When you're over the button in the thigh, it's probably a good idea to run your threads under the surface of the fabric (like in the tear/hole method described above) so the threads from the fishnets don't snag against the body once the leg is attached.
- As with the poppet herself, leave your thread ends long and lose them inside her, rather than cutting them off.
- Unfortunately, I can't offer any tips on how to handle the toes of the fishnets, since mine didn't have any.