Sunday, February 19, 2017

Iplehouse FID Leonard

I had a feeling Leonard would arrive after I posted my Valentine's Day couples--and he did, by one day. Considering all the snow that fell beginning last Sunday afternoon, I'm amazed that he arrived at all. But he's here, and so are the two outfits and wig I ordered with him. I had worried that items (like the wig) which have since sold out would cause a delay while Iplehouse restocked. Instead it looks like they may have set aside everything ordered at the same time as the doll. I hope so. That means Claude should show up in another few weeks, despite the presence of sold-out boots and wig on his order.
FID Leonard and Raccoon Gene
Now that I see Leonard with my previously ordered Lawrence, I wish I had ordered Leonard in real skin and Lawrence in normal skin instead of the other way around. It's hard to choose when Iplehouse shows the dolls only in peach gold and light brown. My imagination can take me only so far. Claude will be coming in normal skin also, instead of the real skin and peach gold Iplehouse shows. Fingers crossed! Of course with FID Claude I have the memory--not to mention lots of photos--of the normal skin SID Claude I used to have, so there shouldn't be any surprises.
FID Lawrence and FID Leonard
On to the clothing. I ordered two outfits with Leonard: the Vintage Road Set and the Black Tuxedo Set. I'm a little nervous about the Vintage Road Set. Blue denim coupled with a black pullover is a recipe for staining. I could have washed the jeans before putting them on a doll, but I was afraid they would shrink. Clothes from Iplehouse are usually skin tight to begin with. After some thought I put the Vintage Road Set on Lawrence, as he is the only doll I ordered in real skin and is less likely to show stains than the other two. I already have the tuxedo on Leonard, which leaves the gray pants and shirt for Claude.
Leonard with Raccoon Sarah
The Tuxedo jacket and pants are a good fit. In fact, the pants are even a wee bit loose, so there is room to tuck in the shirt. Like the gray shirt, the tuxedo shirt is tight enough that it gaps in front. The cummerbund, which is supposed to cover the pants waistband, is too tight. Why did Iplehouse put belt loops on the pants? There is no belt. I'm left to wonder if the cummerbund might fit if I removed the loops. It will take a fair amount of work to do it right, so I want to be sure before I attempt it. There is no possibility of adjusting the cummerbund itself, as it closes with Velcro strips. Maybe if I get brave (or bored) someday I'll simply make a new cummerbund. For now I have the cummerbund sitting above the waistband. I can just barely fasten it.
That leaves the tie. A simple little item, no? A small bow with two ribbons to fasten it. Two ribbons so long that I ended up with a much larger bow in back than in front, way too much ribbon to tuck neatly under the collar. What to do? I snipped some of the length off the ties, folded the ends under and sewed a snap set. I'm not sure the ribbon won't unravel at some point, so I think I might make a new tie by attaching a small ribbon bow to a piece of black elastic. I don't know. Considering how much Iplehouse charges for a complete outfit, shouldn't the outfit 1) be complete and 2) fit in every respect?
Leonard with Raccoon Sarah*
I had a bit of a struggle getting the Vintage Road Set on Lawrence. At first it looked like the pants legs were too narrow to go over his feet but I was able to stretch them enough to get them up. Too bad these guys can't tuck in their butts--I could have used a little help easing the pants over them. The pullover sweater needs to go on carefully. I put one sleeve on, then the neck, which made it awfully hard to maneuver the second sleeve. Probably it would work better to put both hands in, ease on the sleeves and then pop the head through the opening. It would help if the shoulders were not quite so wide. Thankfully he can get into it, which is more than I can say for the shirt Soom sold for Idealian51.
FID Lawrence and FID Miho**
After I put on the bracelet I was left with a mystery piece. I didn't remember a necklace with this outfit. Finally I went back to the website to see what it was. I think this is what Iplehouse calls a decorative belt. It appears to attach to either the belt or the belt loops. None of Iple's photos show exactly how and where, because the sweater comes down over it. Thanks, Iplehouse. At least this outfit comes with a belt.
FID Miho in Navajo
A final word (or more) about wigs. Leonard's dark blonde wig is a James from Facets by Marcia,  made by a custom manufacturer (not her usual Monique Gold). It's a lot tighter than I like, and because it has less hair it makes his small head look even smaller. I think I'll reserve it for my first Raccoon man, whenever Raccoon Dolls gets around to releasing one. Leonard's fuller, reddish wig is from FairyLand. It was sold as a wig for LittleFee but I always found it too tight to get on mine. Occasionally one of my Raccoon girls will wear it; for now I think Leonard will keep it. The wig I bought from Iplehouse is a mess. Not only is it tight, it was poorly cut. Granted I am no hairdresser, but I will probably give it a trim and see if I can salvage it. Heaven knows I can't make it much worse. When it comes to wigs the FID men appear to fall between sizes 5-6 and 6-7. I would be tempted to buy a Jpopdolls wig size 6.25, if only she sold some in a style more befitting a man. The only style currently available is Kanalong. In my opinion it's just too long.

All the girls pictured are wearing wigs by Monique Gold as sold by Facets by Marcia. Gene's wig is Faye in reddish brown, Sarah's is Pretty Girl in carrot red, and Miho's is Navajo in brown black. Because it's so tightly braided, this wig did not fit her at first, so I let Gene stretch it for a month or so. Now it's perfect. Hmm, maybe I ought to let the girls stretch my men's wigs, too...

*Sarah is wearing the gift dress that SoulDoll sent with the purchase of Vito Freya. It's a little loose on top and might work better on a doll with a larger bust. I believe all my Raccoon girls have the small bust. I'll have to try it on FID Miho for fit.

**Miho is wearing an Iplehouse sweater and leggings made for JID girls. Because the leggings were short for her, I crocheted some leg warmers. She needs boots.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

For Valentine's Day

Yesterday morning I awoke to the sound of a snowplow scraping the road. That's all it took to convince me that I would be missing yet another doll meet-up. It's a fact: the older I get, the less I care to venture out on snowy roads. Whether the snowfall is minimal or a full-blown blizzard, I don't like to drive in it.

My dolls, however, were dressed for a Valentine's meet-up. What to do? I didn't have the heart to disappoint them, so I took photos anyway. I present them today in place of the meet-up photos I would have taken yesterday.

Brianna, a FeePle60 Cygne, would have made her meet-up debut--all by herself because she doesn't have a sweetheart. (My one F60 boy now has three girls to choose from. He'll stay undecided if he knows what's good for him. It keeps the girls on their best behavior.) I did make her a heart-shaped pillow for Valentine's Day. I think her wistful expression says it best: a pillow is a poor substitute for a warm-blooded lover.
She is wearing Zaoll Luv's full set outfit, a nice fit even though she is a few centimeters taller than Luv. Her wig is from Jpopdolls.

Luts Model Delf Annette also would have made her meet-up debut. She is paired with Model Delf Avalanche, who is beyond thrilled finally to have a girl made especially for him. Her outfit is by Sadol; his is sewn by me from a combination of Adams-Harris patterns that I originally made for a Limhwa Mono or a U-noa boy (I don't remember which but both boys wore it). Their wigs are from LeekeWorld.
I love how well engineered their bodies are, which puts me in a quandary right now. Do I buy the newest Model Delf boy or wait for Raccoon's promised male dolls. If the Raccoon guys don't appear soon, I know where my money is going.

Then we come to my odd couple: SoulDoll Vito Jin and Dollmore Zaoll Luv. I keep them together because of their heights; otherwise, their head sizes and overall proportions are a mismatch. I would love to find a girl that looks better with him. There was SoulDoll Vito Freya--a perfect match who unfortunately didn't stay very long. If I could find a girl with most of Freya's proportions (minus the bounteous booty)...well, bye-bye Luv.
Jin has a new wig, a Monique Gold Buttercup in chestnut/brown black. His outfit combines a Doll Heart shirt and vest with Dollmore Zaoll jeans and Iplehouse nYID shoes. Luv's outfit combines a blouse from an Adams-Harris pattern for SD girls with an Iplehouse JID jumper. Her wig is from LeekeWorld.

But what's this? Uh-oh! Trouble in paradise!
The head size is right, but she is quite a bit shorter than he is. Still, I can't deny he looks interested. So does she. And I have seen many human couples where the girl is much shorter than the boy. We'll have to watch this and see what develops!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Cutest Doll Crochet Pattern Book

Perhaps I should have titled this: The Cutest Doll Crochet Pattern Book I Have Found to Date. Truth be told, most of the books of crochet patterns for dolls that I've found focus either upon 18-inch play dolls or upon amigurumi. A quick browse of Amazon books shows me some new titles I didn't see the last time I looked. Even so, none of them consider ball jointed dolls, much less tiny BJDs, so basically I am on my own in figuring out how to adapt the patterns. Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is the book, by Isabelle Kessedjian:
A caveat for users in the US: the crochet terms in the book are UK/European. I copied the author's chart showing US and UK equivalents onto a card that I can use as a bookmark, for when I need a reminder that dc in this book equals single crochet, not double crochet as I would normally expect. Another caveat, this for everyone: there is no gauge given. You're given the weight of the yarn and the size of crochet hook used. The only way to know what size garment you will end up with is to make one and see! The same goes for using different yarn or another size crochet hook. This appears to be intentional, a matter of the author letting each individual decide for herself what size her doll will be. Yes, but it's also just a tad frustrating.

That said, the projects are adorable. You get not only the doll with a variety of costumes and accessories, but also props like a suitcase with a blanket and pillow, a basket, a cake and cupcakes, a camera and a schoolbag. You also get amigurumi pets such as a toy bear, a penguin and little fish. I don't foresee many little fishes in my doll world unless my dragons like to eat them, but I can't wait to try the bear and penguin.
My intent in buying the book was to use the patterns to clothe my smaller BJDs: FairyLand's Realpuki and PukiFee, WithDoll tinies, and Doll Chateau Ada. I own two pairs of tiny trousers that someone knitted for Realpuki. Every time I look at them I wonder how the maker did it, because I have never seen knitting needles that would produce something so small. Since then I have found metal crochet hooks that tiny. Whether I can see well enough to use them is another matter, but hope springs eternal, as they say.

I decided to make a test garment to check for size and also to see how well I could follow the instructions. I selected the sweater, as it forms the basis for coats and dresses, and started with Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 crochet thread and a size B (2.25mm) crochet hook. Bad choice. The sweater, like many of the other garments, is crocheted in the round, but no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't keep my chain straight as I worked the foundation row so that I consistently ended up with my slip knot one row above my hem. Undaunted, I switched to Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 crochet thread and a size D (3mm) crochet hook. It wouldn't give me the size I ultimately wanted, but at least I would be able to see what I was doing. After getting the same results several more times, I gave up working in the round and decided to make a sweater that would close via buttons or a Velcro strip.
The sweater looked fine until I reached the armholes. Suddenly I realized that despite having exactly the number of stitches in my row that the pattern called for, the resulting garment was not going to fit any doll in my collection. Oh well, I told myself, I need the practice. So I continued making the first sleeve, which seemed much thicker and wider than those in the book's photos. I had to see what it looked like on a doll. I picked a LittleFee. Hmm... If I made the sleeves shorter than the pattern called for she could almost wear it. Of course, it was too long for a sweater, but it might work as a coat or a bathrobe. Maybe add a fuzzy yarn as trim around the edges. So I did just that, using Patons Cha Cha for the trim. (Note: eyelash yarn is not easy to crochet.) I crocheted a quick belt from the Fashion 3. And here it is:
I've learned a few things from making this test garment. 1) Except for hats, forget about working in the round. 2) I need to get comfortable with Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 and a smaller crochet hook. 3) All of these patterns will need some adjustment to fit my dolls' differing body types.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Two Arrivals, One Return

One-half of my year's-end event purchases arrived last week. Oddly enough, I ordered them one day apart and they shipped one day apart--although in the process of shipping one hurried home while the other decided it would be more fun to spend the weekend in New York.

FairyLand's FeePle60 Moe Cygne arrived first. This doll was a must-buy because she is a larger-size version of FL's Project Liria, a very limited MiniFee release from mid-2015. (Only 67 full sets were available for sale worldwide. Needless to say I didn't get one.) Enter Cygne: An Ode to the Swan. As much as I liked the FM60 version's swan costume, I ordered the basic doll only. It was a matter of cost, first and foremost, as well as wondering how long a dress made of white feathers would take to start molting. Not that I'm allergic, but with three pet birds I have quite enough free-floating feathers around the house already. No sense adding even more of them to the air I breathe.
FM60 Basic Cygne
By basic I also mean blank. It's not that I didn't like her default face-up, because her makeup is one thing that made me fall in love with her. The question was, did I love it enough to pay $70 extra for it? The problem with basic dolls is that once you start adding back bits and pieces of the full set, you end up paying more than you would for the entire package. So I opted to do her face-up myself. I did an okay job, considering I risked temperatures only just above freezing and worked quickly to finish before the weather changed. I wanted to be sure she had a face to present at the next doll meet-up. I'll redo it when warm weather arrives for good.
Preliminary Face-up
I had forgotten that basic FM60 girls come with flat feet only, so I neglected to buy heel feet. I also forgot to order a different pair of hands. Moe girls come with #17 hands, which I don't particularly like. Luckily Denver Doll Emporium had both the heel feet and basic #12 hands in stock, so I ordered both. The acrylic eyes FairyLand sent with her didn't work for me. (Too big.) I changed them to 12mm glass eyes in aqua and ordered a pair in green that I thought I might like better. When they arrived I found I liked them as much as the first pair, but not enough to go to the trouble of removing Cygne's head to install them, so I put the green eyes in FM60 Lacrima instead. (In case you're wondering why it should be more trouble to change eyes in Cygne than in Lacrima, Cygne is very tightly strung. At the moment I'm having difficulty turning her resin key to remove her head. Lacrima has been around long enough to be easy to handle.)
That's an Iplehouse SID dress Cygne is wearing. (Sad to say it's no longer available--I've had it for years.) I was both surprised and delighted to find that it fit her. Of course the shirred top means it will fit any size bust, but the length is absolutely perfect despite the fact that Cygne (who will be named Brianna) is quite a bit shorter than SID women. She is also wearing a low-heeled shoe from Soom that fits perfectly with her flat feet. Changing to her heel feet won't be an issue, as FM60 girl hands and feet attach by way of magnets. Easy-peasy. (I wish all BJDs had that feature.)

Raccoon Doll Monica was the second arrival. Monica was issued as a Limited doll in two versions: Temptation Monica with a bold, bright makeup and Elegance Monica with a softer makeup. Both versions were available in the usual Normal and Sweet Mocha resins as well as two new resin colors: White and Dark Mocha. I ordered Temptation Monica in Sweet Mocha, the same resin color shown on Modern Gene below, who also wears the formal pink skirt and corset top I ordered at the same time:
Sweet Mocha Gene
Imagine my surprise and chagrin when I opened Monica's box to find this:
Dark Mocha Monica
I had to stand beside a window in order to get enough light to take the photo. The window is to the left, where the resin appears lightest. The yellowish cast on the resin comes from the box; it's not there when the doll is removed from it. And as you can guess from the foam surrounding her, which looks dark gray rather than black, the Dark Mocha resin is somewhat darker than it photographs. After talking with people on Den of Angels, I think the difference in color is the same as that between Iplehouse Real Skin and their Light Brown resin. Anyway you look at it, this doll is not the color I ordered. 

Regardless of doll company, BJD sales are considered final unless the doll arrives damaged. (Or unless you don't pay for it, or cancel your order immediately, before they start making your doll.)  On the other hand, this was obviously the wrong color, so I left messages both on Raccoon's Q&A board and via e-mail. I didn't expect an immediate reply, seeing as most Asian doll companies were already shutting down for a long Lunar New Year weekend, but I heard back within a day. Raccoon acknowledged the mistake and asked me to return the doll at his expense. Customer service doesn't get much better than that! It will take a few weeks to make the new doll. I don't mind the wait at all. It will be worth it to have the color I actually ordered. And since you can't see the resin color too well in the above photo, which was taken to showcase the outfit rather than the doll's skin tone, here is my gorgeous Sweet Mocha Gene in close-up.
Sweet Mocha Gene
I look forward to pairing my Raccoon girls with the two Fashion Iplehouse (FID) men still on order: Leonard and Claude. There is no telling how much longer their orders will take. Leonard is waiting for a sold out wig color to be restocked, while Claude awaits both a sold out wig and sold out boots. What really irks me about the second one is that the wig is not even for Claude, it's for Monica!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

More Scots Highlanders

I continue to work on costumes inspired by the Outlander series. Last week's meet-up photos show Butterfly Narae in a new homespun gown while Idealian51 Cuba wears a shirt from the same pattern as SoulKid Yarn's. You might have noticed too that Yarn's new red wig has migrated onto Cuba's head and that Yarn is sporting a different wig altogether. I love red hair and, as luck would have it, I had a number of red wigs in my collection to choose from.
The shirt pattern is Dandy, designed for 19-inch Mortimer Mort by Tamara Casey for Designs by Jude. (The pattern also makes breeches, a waistcoat and coat.) Based on how Yarn's shirt came out, I knew I wanted some extra length in Cuba's shirt. I also wanted to remake the neckline. Instead of securing a gathering stitch around the neck to fit, I made a channel and ran a crochet thread through it. This thread functions as a drawstring, so the neckline is completely adjustable should a doll with a thinner neck wear it. Seeing as I planned to omit the lace at the cuffs from the start, I probably should have lengthened the sleeves just a bit. They look short, but perhaps that is only by comparison with Yarn's much longer lace sleeve ends.

The Irish feel of Narae's gown happened unintentionally. I chose the trim because its colors complemented the fabric, not realizing the green flowers could read as shamrocks. By the time I noticed, I couldn't remove the trim because of the difficulty in picking stitches out of the fabric's loose weave. I like the dress, however, so she's keeping it. Here's a full-length view:
Originally I had intended that FID Lawrence would join the group. I rejected that idea on the grounds that Lawrence is too dark to represent Jamie Fraser and that the FID head is too small next to the other dolls. The Idealian51 head, on the other hand, is perfect. Adding to his allure for this role is how hard it is to find premade clothing to fit him. Lacking much else to wear, he was simply begging for a kilt.
I learned from my mistakes on the kilt itself (poor Yarn was my guinea pig) and added darts to the flat panels before sewing the waistband. Even so, I had trouble choosing the best placement for snap sets. I wanted the kilt snug enough not to fall down but loose enough that I could tuck one end of the fly plaid into the waistband. At the moment I have the plaid tucked under the belt, which leaves the kilt a bit loose. Considering that a historically accurate plaid would be one large rectangular piece of fabric which the wearer would place on the ground, pleat by hand, lie down on and then roll into and gather with his belt, the end result would look even baggier than my version.
Looking for something to convert into a belt, I struck gold at Michaels (a craft store chain). I could tell at a glance that the leather strip was the perfect width to fit my belt buckle. I didn't consider its thickness until I came home and realized the paper punch that cuts through thin synthetics wouldn't work here. With no leather-working tools, I proceeded by trial and error until I finally punctured the belt by means of a hammer and a sharp nail, but the hole wouldn't stay open. None of my eyelets would accommodate the tongue of the buckle, so I forced a thick needle into the hole to hold it open until I was ready to fasten the belt. I dread the day I need to change his clothes. I may have to cut the belt off! In the meantime it looks good.
Because Yarn is wearing my only penannular brooch, I ordered two more online from a company that offered them in small, medium and large. Imagine my surprise when the two "smalls" arrived and I discovered each was larger than the doll's sporran! Somehow I had expected them to be the same size as Yarn's. Must be that one was a mini. It's also nearly 35 years old, so chances of finding another like it are slim to non-existent. After taking photos I replaced Cuba's brooch with a smaller one that looks vaguely Celtic. It will have to do.
As I've mentioned before, my Scottish outfits are not copies of costumes shown in the Outlander television series. They are merely inspired by the books and the series. I don't require historical accuracy in what I make. It's enough for me to achieve the feeling of an era--a modern impression rather than a period replica.

I still haven't quite figured out who's who related to the characters from Outlander aside from Cuba, who has the stature and the look of Jamie Fraser, and Narae, who is my Claire. Ideally Claire should be a little taller, but I don't have anyone else at the moment who can fit the bill. Yarn is problematic. He can't be young Ian, whose character would be better represented as a white Mohawk with facial tattoos. He can't be Fergus, either, because Fergus is actually French. Or maybe he could be Fergus, with dark brown hair, which would make Dollpire Roo his Marsali. With nearly black hair he could also be Roger; then Roo could be Brianna. Obviously this requires some more thought.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Vermont Doll Lovers Meeting, January 2017

Three members of the Vermont Doll Lovers group met yesterday for the first meeting of 2017: Lyrajean, Modern Wizard and myself. For a larger view of any of the photo-collages, click on the image.

Lyrajean brought her three Iplehouse EIDs: Asa, Bibiane and Bichun. She also brought her tinies: Volks Yo-SD Kira, Custom House Petite Ai Sariel and Uriel, Xagadoll Sylvia, Hujoo Freya, and her Spiritdoll cats, who were accompanied by their Sylvanian Family kittens. Her Star Wars cosplay Unoa Zest and Bimong Meronica battled with their new and improved light sabers.

Modern Wizard brought three dolls (left to right): a female elf made by fellow member DragonGems (aka Megan), a Soom Faery Legend Auber, and a custom Mattel Barbie head on a custom Spin Master Liv body. In the second photo they are joined by Lyrajean's Xagadoll Sylvia.

Finally, my dolls: I brought Iplehouse FID Miho and Lawrence, FairyLand PukiFee Sheep Story Rin, SoulDoll Soul Kid Yarn (minus the Winter Prince fullset), Bimong Butterfly Narae, and Soom Idealian51 Cuba Summer Monologue (romantic head).
With EID Bichun in the house, I thought it would be fun to show the EID and FID guys next to one another. It's funny, Lawrence doesn't look small until you see him with one of the big guys.
Now to think of which dolls I'll bring next month for the Valentine's Day meet-up...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Highlander Outfit for Soul Kid Yarn

I'm posting Saturday night, instead of Sunday, because I plan to binge-watch the entire second season of Outlander tomorrow on the Starz channel. After missing most of the first season, I only started watching in earnest near the end of season two. It didn't take long before I was hooked. History, romance and time travel. What's not to love? I'm currently reading the original novels by Diana Gabaldon--I'm a few hundred pages into book six, with two more books to go--and sewing Scottish highland outfits for my dolls.
My first Outlander-inspired outfit came together during the Fall, made for my Dollpire Kid Roo (a Dollmore Kid head on a Dollmore Judith Girl body).  I planned to make a male version for Soul Kid Yarn, who at the time was on order but hadn't arrived.
Fast Forward to the beginning of Winter. After some fit issues with the kilt, I finally have Yarn finished. None of my wigs felt right for his character, so I ordered an Ello-Rose from Facets by Marcia. It arrived yesterday. It's much fuller than I expected. The photo on the Facets by Marcia website makes the wig look rather sparse compared to the burning red bush I received. When I tied it back my black ribbon all but disappeared in the mass of curls. In a way I'm glad that the wig gives the illusion of a bigger head. Yarn's head is one size smaller than Roo's, so it evens them out.
I couldn't help wondering how the outfit would look on FID Lawrence. Though he tried it on I didn't take photos, because just about every piece of the outfit needs to be longer or wider before it will fit. Let's just say I liked it well enough to want to make him a Scottish outfit of his own. Lawrence is both brawnier and more intense looking than Yarn, so his Highlander outfit will look more like something he could brawl in.
I've also started on a dress for Narae inspired by Claire's Scottish gown. Note that all of these costumes are "inspired by" rather than attempts to reproduce costumes from the show. I'm using the same pattern as for Roo's plaid gown, but making it in a small green-and-ecru check homespun. I had hoped to have enough of it finished to show tonight, but the homespun had other ideas. The stuff unravels easily, which makes it get smaller as I sew. Luckily Narae is small enough that it should still fit when I'm done. If not, well, it won't be the first time I restarted an outfit.
It took three sets of photos before I got what I needed for this post. In the first set I didn't have Yarn's proper wig. In the second set I had the wig, but didn't notice until I was editing photos that one of his flashes (a garter with a decorative flash of fabric on it) had worked its way above one stocking. Today's photos show fewer distractions. Unless you count the doll stands, that is, but these two absolutely refused to behave without them.
A few notes about the costume. The tartan fabric worn over the shoulder is a fly plaid. It should be longer. I was a wee bit stingy and didn't cut it large enough. It's held in place by a penannular brooch. I've had this one for years and found it was a good size for the plaid. I don't know what I'll do when I make a second outfit, because my only other small pieces of Celtic jewelry are a Welsh love spoon and a Book of Kells bird. Guess I'll have to buy another brooch.
The furry thing hanging from his belt is a sporran. Kilts don't have pockets, so basically the sporran is a purse for carrying a man's essentials. Ladies don't wear these. Usually the decoration on the front consists of two or three tassels. I didn't feel like trying to make tiny tassels, so I chose pre-strung beads and used five to make them more visible. The only things missing from the outfit are the sgian dubh and a kilt pin. The sgian dubh is a small knife that is usually tucked into the top of one stocking. I don't have anything that small, although I suppose I could try to make one. Likewise I don't have a tiny kilt pin, although I did improvise a pin for his jabot out of a straight pin with a silver ball head. If I find another one I'll stick it in the kilt. The shoes are wrong, of course, but I'm no gonna try making ghillie brogues!