My doll is done and super cute, but her neck is too floppy for all the hair she has piled on top :(
I have an idea of how to fix it, but wanted to ask those of you with more experience your thoughts.
Basically I did the inner head just like the DRD instructions, but I think where I failed is that perhaps the neck wasn't stuffed large enough (neck needed more stuffing/wider). It never was very stiff. Kind of floppy inner neck. Also, I do think it could be stuffed tighter around the neck, but I had difficulty since the DRD pattern has the body and head sewn together. I struggled to get enough stuffing and still close the head off at the top.
I had two ideas on how to remedy:
1. DRD has you do a strip of tricot sewn around the neck and pulled taut to strengthen the neck. I thought if I did a much larger piece of tricot and really pulled tight it would help.
2. That got me thinking that if I'm going to put a larger piece of tricot around the neck anyhow, why not rip the seam out at the neck just a bit and stuff more stuffing in there with a chop stick. Then hand sew close. After that, if I put the tricot over, it won't be seen anyhow.
What do you think? I love this doll so much, I'm terrified to mess her up, but the floppy neck does need correcting. Its scary to think of taking a seam ripper to her though.....
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