Trades: Fayette and a Feeple 65 body
I also swapped an Evol body for a Feeple 65 body. I liked the Evol, but I already have one under my Granado Enoch, and it is a heavy body and a large one, and I am trying to downsize a bit. My trading partner had a Jupiter head that needed a body, and I can always use another female body, so it was a good trade; I knew the Feeple body has some issues (I took one apart a couple of years ago and it was ...complicated), but I was ready to take this one apart and mod it if necessary. So the first thing I discovered was that this FL65 had magnets only in the feet, which made me happy. But the neck key was behaving oddly, so I took it off, and this is why:
Since this body has a tendency to snap backwards when sitting, I wanted to do everything I could to minimize this. I wanted to be sure the main strings went in front of, and not behind, the arm strings. This way the arm strings could act as a stop for the back arching behavior:
Heavier, real suede at the top of the torso piece:
I also wanted to try the "A frame" stringing on her, where one string goes up to the neck to hold on the head, and the other string just goes through the pelvis. This puts less tension on the torso and also makes it easier for the doll to sit, though sometimes you have to work the torso back and forth a little to get this lower string to seat properly when you bend the doll to sit.
Hip plates go in next. The pointy parts go in the center, Left and Right are marked with initials:
The two knee pieces are fitted together here (I wanted to be sure I had the two correct pieces before I tried to string them together. The narrower string fits well inside the knee without crowding it.
And finally the foot goes on to the ankle piece. As much as I hate the fact these feet come off in boots, the separate pieces make getting the feet on so much simpler. It's also a flexible joint--she can point her toes. And now that she was all together, she can stand up perfectly! I also added some soft wire inside her arms, after being so pleased with the Fantasia Doll's performance with wires there:
And yes, she can sit too!
You still have to fiddle a bit with her hips--those inner plates aren't too helpful for sitting, and I don't quite understand how the inner slots are supposed to be aligned with the hips, but it does work. I might put a bit of hot glue sueding on top of the regular sueding in her torso, just to keep her posed in different angles, but this is very good without wiring inside the legs/torso. And now Laurel has 2 bodies; though I think I will keep her on this Feeple body since it's her native body. Someone else gets the Fantasia body. I wonder if my Iplehouse Doria head will fit? :D