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« on: February 24, 2011 10:30:00 PM »

So I'm crocheting a little doll, and I want to dress her in period clothes, around the 1800s or so (I think that's about right). Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at sewing things for her, and I wanted to make her a corset. I'm not sure how to go about it, though. I've seen some basic patterns for people-sized corsets, and I thought I might just follow the basics of those on a smaller scale, but since she's so small I don't think I'd be able to put boning in it. And without boning, it might just be a floppy piece of fabric and fall apart.

Help! Any advice would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011 09:50:35 AM »

I've never made a doll-size corset before, but I don't think the lack of boning will be a problem. If you make it out of a moderately stiff fabric and make it tight, it shouldn't move around.  You can make the doll corset-shaped so you don't have to actually shape the body with the corset, or you could use the corset tighter to compress her, since she won't be feeling any pain or moving around like a real person in a corset... assuming you're trying to achieve the wasp-waist body modification look with the corset, which you might not be.  I'd follow the same general shape as a real corset, but doll clothing is much more forgiving than people clothing.

Here's some posts with doll corsets:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356850.0 This one shows a little bit of the construction of the corset.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341781.0 This one is probably a more authentic styled corset.
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011 06:26:11 PM »

I have made a "boned" corset for a doll using this tutorial: http://www.denofangels.com/forums/showthread.php?331207-quot-Boned-quot-Corset-Tutorial-Pattern-free-no-sewing-needed&highlight=corset.  I used crayola model magic.

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011 01:25:09 AM »

You could use pipe cleaners or thin wire instead of boning.
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011 07:00:13 AM »

I might also suggest, just using interfacing.  That will create the illusion of stiffness without needing to worry about boning.
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