Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Merry Iple Christmas

Today the Iplehouse kids at Resin Corner gathered to celebrate the season.

Jamie and Evgeny took charge of decorating.  Where they found the "tree" is a mystery, unless they have been poking around in my basement. 

I usually display handmade ornaments on that stand.  I can see where the Paperclay heads might have spooked them.  The question is, what did they do with them? 

Thank goodness they didn't get their new tee shirts dirty.  Considering my usual difficulty matching stripes, I am rather proud of those shirts.  I do have fabrics in colors other than black, beige and white.  I just haven't gotten to them yet.

The girls showed up after the decorating was done.  Anastasia had the little ones in tow.  I know for a fact that sleigh came from the basement.  How did they get it up here without my seeing them?

Jamie modeled a winter hat belonging to Elfdoll Soah. 

Yuri showed off the sled he borrowed from LittleFee Ante.

And everyone joined together to say, "Have yourself a merry Iple Christmas...!"

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Le Pantalon" for Soah

Le Pantalon equals trousers.  I haven't made many for my girls.  Part of the reason is my lack of patterns, part is my dislike of many of the pants patterns I see for sale.  This one is from MHD Designs.  I like her patterns and decided to give it a try.

I had been saving the gray-brown-blue striped fabric for just such a project.  It was a remnant, so I wasn't sure I would have enough; as it turned out there was plenty.  I have enough left over to make another pair of pants -- or a matching skirt.  The blue suede-like fabric paired with it beautifully, and the cream color rib knit was perfect for the body suit and socks.  (I wanted socks with this outfit because Soah's shoes are a little wide.  Le Pantalon does not include socks, so I used the sock pattern pieces from MHD Designs' Spring Summer Body Shirts.)

This outfit incorporates a bit of nostalgia for me.  The flower appliques came off my high school graduation gown.  I attended a small school for girls.  For graduation we did not wear traditional academic gowns.  Instead, our floor-length gowns came from a bridal shop.  They were white, very plain but with a row of blue and yellow flowers between two rows of baby blue piping accenting the high waist.  A year later I shortened the dress, wore it a few times and then finally discarded it, saving only the appliques and some of the white linen from the bottom of the skirt.  I never imagined I would reuse the flowers to dress a doll!

Soah's shoes from Monique Trading.

If you are a steady or even a sometime reader of this blog, you know that I generally find fault with printed patterns.  Many times it is the pattern that is at fault; just as many times the fault is mine.  I had only minor difficulties with this one.  I am not in love with making tiny fabric loops to pair with buttons.  I made the one for the pants, then thought I would try something different for the vest.  (For "different" read "easier".)  Why not take embroidery floss and crochet a chain to use as the loop?  Nice idea in theory.  In practice, I couldn't maneuver my smallest crochet hook through the slippery floss.  Then I tried yarn, not crocheted into a chain but folded into a loop and sewn into the vest.  Everything worked fine until I turned the vest right side out and the yarn slipped right out of the fabric.  So much for that idea.  That's how Soah's vest ended up having no closure at all.  The buttons are there for show.  I placed two on either side for balance and to give the illusion of a double breasted vest.

Wig from Iplehouse.

We are coming up on the shortest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere.  It sure snuck up on me today.  Even though Soah's outfit was finished, I was sewing a tee shirt for one of the boys as if I had all the time in the world, thinking I would stop around 3:30 p.m. and take pictures.  By 3:45 the sun was dipping down behind the building across the street, long shadows stretched across my sewing table and my camera flash was going off with every other shot.  PhotoShop saved enough pictures for me to post my blog.  Nevertheless, next week I'll plan for an earlier photo shoot.

The flowers were originally oriented horizontally.
I have re-used them in the vertical position.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Doll Meet-up: McKenna's Day Out

"To think I envied Soah when it looked like she was going to the meet-up.  If her new outfit had been finished, she would have gone and I would have stayed here, where it's warm.  I've never been so cold in all my life!  BallJointedWoman made me sit outside to have my picture taken, without a coat, with the wind blowing my hair across my face.  There was snow on the ground.  SNOW!"

McKenna is an Alchemic Lab U-noa Lusis.

"Don't be such a drama queen, McKenna.  It couldn't have been that bad.  Last time, she made me stand in the wet woods, without even a dry place to lean against.  Of course, it wasn't all bad...  Sarah was such a lovely companion.  Was she at the meet-up?"

Jamie is an Iplehouse SID Elemental Guardian Claude

"No.  Nobody named Sarah."

"Anybody I would have liked, then?"

"I seriously doubt it.  The only girl your size had gray skin, red eyes, and fangs dripping blood.  She looked like she wouldn't mind having one of us for dinner." 

Araminthe is a Boy and Girl Doll Snarling Burrysa.  She belongs to ModernWizard.

"A vampire!  I'll bet she didn't mind the cold."

"Maybe, maybe not.  She sure minded the wind, though.  She had to hold onto her hair, same as the rest of us."

"It was hot the day we went out.  BallJointedWoman made us stand in the full sun for some of our pictures.  Didn't the sun make it hot for you?"

Yuri is an Iplehouse BID Elemental Guardian Byuri; Lillibets is a KazeKidz Lillie Tan Elf

"Not nearly hot enough.  Not hot at all, as a matter of fact."

"Were there any littles there?"

"One.  Her name is Logan.  She's very sweet, only she needs some eyebrows."

Logan is an Angel of Dream MiMi.  She belongs to JustKate.

"Don't be a snob McKenna.  Just because your eyebrows are sculpted on."

"When I went to meet-up, I had to perch on a tree limb for my photo.  And I don't like heights!  Was there anyone my size this time?"

My Kaye Wiggs Layla Fair Elf is named Brooke.

"Not exactly your size.  More my size.  She's pretty.  A pity she's too small for Jamie, because she has a great body."

Fairyland Minifee Chloe belongs to Goldi.

"So, Miss Fussy McKenna.  Does all this complaining mean you won't go to meet-up again if you get the chance?"

"Absolutely.  Not until warmer weather, anyway."

Outside in the bitter wind.

We've been to doll meet-ups.  Who will be next...?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Great Pattern for Iplehouse BIDs

It's so nice to have a pattern that works for the Iplehouse babies without having to fuss with all kinds of adjustments.  The pattern is #53 Perfect 10 from Gradefaerie designs, "a wardrobe of separates inspired by original patterns by Charie Wilson".  The package doesn't say anything about BIDs.  The two sizes are for 10.5" Goodreau and Creedy dolls, and 10" LittleFees.  I've had a go at this pattern for three outfits now, one for Julie (BID Erzulie) and two for Yuri (BID Byuri), with mostly positive results.  Knowing that LittleFees are slimmer through the torso, I used the pattern pieces designated for the Goodreau/Creedy dolls.

You may remember my first use of this pattern.  A few months ago I made shorts and a tank top for Yuri.  I was thrilled with the fit and couldn't wait to make him something else.  This time I made the overalls and a long-sleeve tee shirt.  The shirt came out too big.  Not sure if this was due to the pattern or to the fabric I used.  It could be that the fabric stretched as I sewed it.  That has happened to me before with similar ribbed knits.  So for the time being I am not blaming the pattern.  I have some different tee shirt fabrics and will try again.  Luckily his Iplehouse sweater fits under the overalls and is the perfect color to partner the rock-and-roll star print.

The overalls would be a better fit if I had lengthened the overall straps slightly.  As it is, I have to tug the overalls up as far as they will go to meet the snaps.  I like that the back waist is elasticized.  It helps hold the shirt in place and ensures a gap-less fit.  Looking at my photos, I see I forgot to sew a couple of buttons where the straps join the bib.

Julie's dress makes me smile every time I look at it.  I bought the paw-print fabric some time ago, not knowing what I would do with it, only that it was worth holding onto until the perfect project came along.  The dress is a perfect fit.  No alterations needed.  I'll probably make a few more, because every little girl needs a closet full of dresses!

Julie's wig is Elle by Jpopdolls; Yuri's wig from Iplehouse.