10/01/2013

Emilia Couture LE Fashions Getting Ready

Emilia Nieminen talks about the process of getting her designer LE fashions ready for sale. She is a perfectionist and this is just a small detail of what she does to prepare her work for collectors. 
 
Vertebrata gowns waiting to be packed:

 One time consuming step is that I try every item on a doll to make sure the fit is right and do something I call "wet sculpting". Wet sculpting is similar to ironing, but it's done on the doll's body to assure a perfect fit and requires no heat. 
This is how you do it: 
 The results are much better than simply ironing the garment. You can easily do this at home for all your doll fashions to really show off those curves. Just be careful not to wet sculpt dark fashions on light skinned dolls since there might be a risk of staining. It's safer to use a dark skinned girl or a doll dedicated for this process if you are not sure of the fabrics you are dealing with. I always stain test our fabrics before use and stain proof them if I notice any risk of staining. 
 

Cherub bras drying on Inamorata busts after wet sculpting.

Cherub bra before and after the wet sculpting. See the difference?  
 I will let you know as soon as I'll have a sales date. Hope you are as excited as I am after all this waiting!

Also, don't forget to support the Metro Dolls Style Evolution charity auction event next Sunday. I have donated a OOAK Inamorata doll called Grès from my Petrographie collection for the event and Metro Dolls accepts bids by proxy in their auction in case you cannot be there in person.




            



























































    

1 comment:

  1. And an added note about Wet Sculpting: Lori posted on Prego that "water will watermark silk taffeta, silk satin, silk charmeuse and habotai as well as the chiffons." Both colour variations of the Vertebrata gowns are 100% silk, one dupioni and the other silk satin, and there were no water marks left on them. I think it might have to do with the "hardness" or chalk consistency of the water. In the areas where you have to use water softening agents in laundry and dish washers the water might stain differently. Maybe if one uses bottles drinking water instead of tap water it might be safer? It's hard to say with so different tap waters around the world. Here in China the tap water is so bad I cannot even use it in my iron as it would ruin the machine so I use bottled water for it and for spraying the fabrics too. In Finland the water is so pure I never had any trouble.

    And thanks for reblogging my post Terri! :)

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