Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trick or Treat for LittleFee

I generally don't do Halloween costumes for my dolls, but recently I came across a new pattern from Sherry O'Brien ("The House of O'Brien") that I just had to make.  It's called Happy Little Jack-O Lantern, and it consists of a long sleeve top, tights, a pumpkin suit and matching hat.  Adorable!

As luck would have it, my fabric stash included everything I would need to make the costume:  orange fleece (puchased for a different Halloween project that never got made), green stretch knit, and scraps of yellow and brown felt.  I even had a brown paper bag from which to cut a LittleFee sized bag to carry her treats.  It's not part of the pattern, but it was easy enough to draft one.

For a backdrop, I draped a spider web print fabric over my Shoji screen.

The pattern calls for either fleece or felt for the pumpkin suit.  In retrospect, I'm wondering if felt might have produced a pumpkin with less bulk.  My Little Lishe is so roly-poly in the suit that she can barely stand.

Yellow chris-cross shoes from Monique Trading.
Millie wig from Jpopdolls.

I had been hoping the costume would fit BID Erzulie.  Although the suit fits, the top and tights are too small.  I would have made her a larger set, but then my Lagoon arrived and I dropped everything to do her face-up and try on wigs and clothes.  I want to make her an outfit before I introduce her -- watch for her next week.

Fun with Photoshop:  I solarized the background.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Doll Meet-Up: A Blind Date for Jamie

The Tiny Thai Restaurant was the scene Saturday of another tiny meet-up.  Tiny as in only two humans present.  Not so tiny in doll terms, because we both brought large dolls to the table.  Modern Wizard brought a Souldoll Zenith Shiva-G face-upped to resemble Jennifer Connelly as Sarah in the movie Labyrinth.  I brought Iplehouse Elemental Guardian Claude, a.k.a. Jamie.  Modern Wizard also brought a tiny Elfdoll Dodo, but Jamie only had eyes for Sarah.

After lunch we drove up the road to the Old Mill Park.  This might have been a better idea for a dry day, for we had had rain and the ground was juicy.  There was no putting it off, however, for those trees that still had leaves on them were showing off the last of their autumn glory.  Another week and those same trees will be brown or bare.

"So much brown and gold.  I blend right in."

It wasn't easy finding a place to pose the dolls.  Everything was wet.  Not only the thick carpet of leaves underfoot, but a park bench, moss-covered rocks, old tree stumps -- you name it, it was sodden.

"I don't know which looks more delectable:  the bright green moss or Sarah."

Sarah tumbled face-forward into wet leaves while posing in front of a mossy rock.  I tried posing Jamie in the same spot but he (wisely) refused to balance and so I didn't chance it. 

"Follow me to higher ground."

Finally we stood them on the park bench.  It was a good thing both dolls were able to stand without leaning against the back of the bench, because we had nothing on hand with which to wipe it down.

"Great view, don't you think?"
"Not bad at all." 

Still, I managed a few halfway decent photos.  Not my best, certainly.  The ground was not only slick, but uneven, with a short, steep slope down to the river.  Scenic, but not so safe.  You have to wonder who decided to place the park bench at that very spot.

"Who's the man on your button?  Boyfriend?"
"Jareth, the Goblin King.  You wouldn't understand."

On the drive home, Jamie couldn't stop talking about Sarah.  How beautiful she is.  How bravely she soldiered on after falling.  How he would love to take her out on a real date.  He hasn't stopped smiling since we got back to Resin Corner.  The boy is totally smitten.  I only hope he doesn't start singing.

"You think maybe I could have a cushion to sit on next time?
I don't think the belt is supposed to go over my head."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One Outfit from Two Patterns (a Skirt and Top for Sooah)

After having had such good luck with the sheath dress from The Patchwork Pansy's pattern #SD67 Just My Style, I started making the skirt and cowl-neck top from the same pattern.  I had the perfect fabrics:  a scrap of red cotton print that was too small to make anything else, and a remnant of a brown fabric (no idea what it is -- probably a silk imposter, i.e., polyester) that picked up one of the colors in the red print.

The skirt came out great.  The cowl-neck is where I lost it.  Everything was going swimmingly until I had to finish off the armhole facings.  All of a sudden, I couldn't turn the garment right-side out again.  I picked the stitches apart, studied the situation, still couldn't figure out how to do it, and ended up fudging it.

Black wig from Iplehouse.  Red shoes
from Monique Trading.

I didn't photograph the finished top.  The cowl didn't droop to my satisfaction, I didn't like the way the sleeves fit, and the garment was snug across Sooah's chest.  I had neither the heart nor enough fabric to start over, so I went to my stack of Haute Doll magazines, looking for the page I had marked with a yellow sticky note:  Elfdoll Halter Top.  The issue was August 2009, the pattern by Susan Rethoret.  I had been wanting to make it for summer but didn't get around to it.  So what if it's now fall?  Somewhere, in some part of the world, it's still warm enough for a summer halter top.

My fabric stash yielded up a yellow cotton that coordinated with the red cotton print.  I pulled out some sheer brown ribbon for straps and a bow on the front, and a bead to dress up the bow.  The halter top is fully lined and fits almost like a corset.  As I worked on it, it occurred to me that a similar top for U-noa Quluts girls that always stretches out of shape when I make it in a knit might work up better in cotton.  I'll have to give it a try.

I finished a second outfit this week:  an adorable pumpkin costume for LittleFees.  As Halloween is only two weeks away, I'm going to save that one until then.

Today I learned that Lagoon, an MSD designed by the talented Batchix, has shipped.  After a factory mix-up over face-ups, she is coming to me blank and I will attempt her face-up myself.  I guess we know what I'll be writing about next week!  Let's hope the week isn't cold and drippy, because MSC (Mr. Super Clear) doesn't behave itself very well in those conditions.  Fingers crossed...

A last look at the finished creation.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Elemental Guardian Claude Comes to Resin Corner

My Iplehouse Claude arrived on Friday.  Actually, he arrived on Thursday, but I wasn't home when the carrier came around, so I picked up the package at the Post Office Friday morning.  It was a much bigger box than usual.  Heavy, but not as heavy as I had feared.  I'll bet if I had ordered Claude's knightly accoutrements (costume and armor), the weight would have been phenomenal.  The only extra in my Claude's box was a wig.

26 Inches tall with shoes on.  The color of his Iplehouse
wig is Milk Brown.  It looks great on my Elfdoll girls, too.

While I waited for his arrival I also placed orders for clothes.  I suspected that the clothes I had made for Unidoll Anthony and Souldoll L-Heart would be too small, and they are, although a tee shirt I made for L-Heart almost fits.  I can easily remake it with a vee neck (to go over his head more easily) or snaps down the back.  It's not worth altering the existing tee shirt, because the stripes didn't match front-to-back.  Here's my chance to do it better.  And there is plenty of fabric left.

Easily the best-looking profile in the house.
This is another Iplehouse wig that looks great on the girls.

Claude (who will be known henceforth as Jamie) and I spent part of Saturday trying on wigs, with varying degrees of success.  I was surprised to see that three of my Iplehouse wigs are the exact same style, although in different colors.  I wish their wigs were softer to the touch.  They can be stiff and straw-like.  I am contemplating a wash, followed by a rinse in either fabric softener or hair conditioner.  Anything has to be an improvement.

One of the "straw" wigs.  Actually, this one is not as stiff
as the two lighter colors.  Love the soft leather jacket.

I have been reading on Den of Angels that Iplehouse shoes run small.  I am here to attest that yes, they do run small.  Actually, the brown shoes went on without too much trouble, but both pairs of black shoes were almost too tight to put on.  What makes me mad is that I purchased an outfit called Le Roi Danse that was shown on Iple's website with a pair of white stockings and black shoes.  The stockings come with the outfit.  I bought the shoes separately.  The stockings fit.  The shoes fit, too, but only after a lengthy struggle and only after taking off the stockings.  Let me tell you:  velvet knee-pants look bizarre with bare legs.  I'll have to find a pair of shoes from some other source that will fit his big feet with stockings.

A tender moment with Elfdoll Hazy.  His wig is by
Iplehouse.  Hers is by Jpopdolls.

Another thing that didn't fit was the black jacket to Le Roi Danse.  The outfit has a voluminous shirt, a brocade vest, and a velvet jacket.  Shirt and vest, yes.  Shirt and jacket, no.  The shirt sleeves don't fit inside the jacket sleeves.  For the jacket photos I ended up removing his shirt, so that he is wearing only the vest and tie with the jacket over both.

But enough carping.  Jamie is beautiful.  I ordered him with Face-up B, which is a softer, gentler look than Face-up A.  I think what turned me off Face-up A is that the dark eyebrows contrasting with the blond hair and real skin (a light tan) made him look like a surfer dude.  I went with normal skin, which is a better match with the lighter face-up.

This wig is Silverado by Dollzone.  It's his
Lucius Malfoy look.

I tried to post some of his photos to Den of Angels, only to have the site freeze up on me each and every time I added a second photo.  Finally I gave up.  This post will have to suffice as his box opening.

I have another SID (Senior Iplehouse Doll) on order:  Elemental Guardian Barahan.  Again, I ordered him without the costume.  Barahan looks like BID Byuri all grown up.  They are going to look amazing together.  I figure I have another month to wait before he arrives.

A last look at Jamie before we go.

Meanwhile, I owe Brooke (Fair Elf Layla) a wig.  And I found the cutest pattern for a Halloween pumpkin costume for Little Fees.  Then there is the skirt and blouse I promised Sooah.  I think I have my work cut out for me.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

OasisDoll Yaoyue and Linglan

I was going to blog about Brooke's new mohair wig this week, but I didn't get around to making it.  The reason for this is because my OasisDoll heads arrived and I decided to make a new dress to celebrate.

"Wait a minute," someone says.  "How can heads wear a dress?"  The dress is for my OasisDoll body, which up until I finished sewing was sporting the Natalie head sculpt.  Now I have two other heads to alternate on that body:  Yaoyue and Linglan.

Here they are.  Yaoyue is on the left, with the partly open mouth.  I have given her green eyes.  Linglan is on the right, with the closed mouth.  She is wearing gray-blue eyes.  Both colors are polyglass eyes from Eyeco.  (Usually I get their soft silicone eyes.)  I love the look of them -- they are very realistic.  The only problem is that the pupil seems to follow the viewer, which can be somewhat disconcerting at times.  From some angles the pupil disappears altogether.  From other angles the doll appears crosseyed.  I don't know -- I may go back to soft silicone.

The fabric is by Kona Bay.  Pattern by The Patchwork Pansy.
For the dresss I tried a new pattern, #SD67 Just My Style by The Patchwork Pansy/Designs by Adeline.  It's the first time I have used her patterns and I am very pleased with the outcome.  I made the sheath dress; the pattern also makes a straight skirt, cowl-neck blouse, short jacket, hat and stockings.  I have a tiny scrap of fabric that I want to make into the skirt.  All I need is a coordinating fabric for the blouse.  I'll be making that one for Sooah.

Linglan wearing the finished sheath dress.
Ecru pumps by Dale Rae. Wig maker unknown.

The pattern calls for lining the bodice of the sheath.  I decided to line the skirt as well.  It gives the skirt more body and a more finished look.  It also hides all the shreddy bits that would otherwise hang below the hem.  For the fabric I chose a freebie that I got from, an online fabric shop for quilters.  I figured that if I ruined the dress, or it didn't fit the OasisDoll body, I wouldn't have wasted expensive fabric.

Yaoyue wearing Hiroki wig by Jpopdolls.  I have changed
her eyes to a hard acrylic by SoulDoll.  I like these because
they show more of the whites of the eyes.
Once the dress was done, I switched heads and we began the new-doll ritual of trying on wigs.  Unfortunately, this has been a rainy weekend (only five minutes of sunshine today, and I was still sewing at the time) so taking photos has been difficult, if not impossible.  I am going to have to take new photos during the week, assuming we come out of our watery doldrums long enough to fill my rooms with sunlight.  Artificial light just doesn't do it.

Linglan tries a white blonde wig from Jpopdolls.
We have moved to the window to get more light.
The girls will need new names.  Linglan especially, as I can never remember if the name is Linglan, Langlin, Linlang or Lanling.  It would be different if I knew what the names meant.  If anyone knows Chinese and would care to leave a comment, I would appreciate it.  Honestly.

Yaoyue wearing an older wig whose maker I don't recall
All I remember is the color:  Korean red.  She likes it.

Linglan wearing the same wig.