Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hello, Minifee Juri Elf

I wasn't really in the market for a doll.  I had just collected payment on the sale of my Elfdoll Sooah, so there was money in my pocket.  Okay, it was actually in PayPal's pocket, but mine to spend.  I was browsing BJDCollectasy, as I do every day, and there she was:  a Fairyland Minifee Juri elf with faceup by Jay Searle, available from Denver Doll Emporium.  There were actually two of them, each one-of-a-kind, one with white skin and one with natural skin, but the natural skin Juri was marked Sold.  I couldn't let the other one get away.  I have admired Jay Searle's faceup work since first seeing an article about her in Haute Doll some years ago.  Her faceups have a soft, romantic look, well suited to dressing a doll in period style.  DDE's Juri elves were so cute.  I placed my order for the remaining doll.

This is the wig that was included in the sale of the doll.
The dress came with a doll I bought a few years ago.  It
fits Juri better than any other outfit we've tried on so far.

The thing about ordering an in-stock doll online from DDE is that you don't know if you have succeeded until someone at the shop gets back to you.  The first email they sent thanked me for my order but said they had already sold the doll.  Eleven minutes later they sent a second email saying the first buyer had canceled and the Juri was mine!  Luckily I didn't read my email until after they had sent both messages, so I could see at a glance that I had the doll.  No heart attack this time.

The other thing about ordering an in-stock doll from DDE is the lack of wait time.  An order from Fairyland generally takes two to three months, unless they are in the midst of an anniversary, Christmas, or other event that slows down production even more.  Fairyland ships in batches from South Korea to Denver, then DDE re-ships to those who have bought the dolls.  An in-stock doll, on the other hand, can be in your hands in two to three days.  All of my Fairyland dolls have come through Denver Doll, but the Juri is the first to ship immediately.  I could get used to this.

I have wanted a Minifee for a long time, but hesitated because without a wig the heads look very large.  I like my dolls to have more proportionate heads and small eyes.  On the other hand, this is Fairyland we're talking about.  Most of their dolls are elf-eared.  Why should I let a little thing like a big head (and big eyes) stand in my way?  I actually ordered my first Minifee in February.  She has been on a three-month layaway at DDE and has not arrived yet.  So Juri, while not the first Minifee purchased, is the first to arrive.

I am still discovering things about her.  I had always assumed that Minifees were the same size as U-noas and Naraes.  It turns out that at 41 cm, Minifees are a tiny bit shorter than U-noas and shorter than Naraes.  They are also considerably more slender.  I thought Juri (and the incoming Celine) would be able to share in the pile of clothing I have made over the years for the other girls; it turns out that everything is too loose on her.  Things may fit Celine a bit differently.  I'm trying to recall what bust size I ordered for her:  I think it's large.  Juri is a small.  I can use my existing patterns, but all of them will need adjustment.

This outfit is huge on her.  I made it for a flat-chested U-noa Sist.

Shoe size is different, too.  I have shoes made specially for U-noa, shoes made specially for Narae, and shoes made for Minifee.  The U-noa and Narae shoes fall off her.  So do the Minifee shoes, unless she wears them with socks.  The best fit I have found is in the shoes designed and made for the Goodreau MSDs.  As Goodreau no longer makes that size doll, the shoes are no longer being produced.  I have read elsewhere that shoes made for 14-inch Kish dolls fit Minifee.  As soon as I buy a pair, I will weigh in with my verdict.

When it comes to wigs the general thought is size 7-8, but some owners swear by size 6-7.  I have tried both and find that 7-8 is fine with a wig cap underneath to hold it in place.  Some 6-7s are too tight to go on, while others fit just fine.  The two-tone wig in these photos is a 6-7 from LeekeWorld.  I have the same wig in a 7-8.  When I put the 7-8 on her head, it fell right off.  I'm hoping she doesn't stretch the 6-7 to the point where my U-noas can't wear it, but I really do like it on her.  For now at least, it's hers.


  1. Congratulations! She looks lovely! I prefer the 7/8 with a wig cap too. They are more likely to stay on that way and give the doll a thicker head of hair.
    I can't wait to see how you modify your patterns to make her a wardrobe!

    1. I haven't modified anything to fit her yet, but I did buy her a dress that fits perfectly. I also bought her LeekeWorld's Green Fairy wig (in a 7/8), which looks amazing on her. I can't wait to share them in a post.

  2. Wow--she is indeed lovely! I was wondering who was lucky enough to add this lovely doll to his or her collection! I'm so thrilled to see you're enjoying her. She is so lovely! Great info about the unoa/narae size comparison, too. :) Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Alison. Not that I'm bragging, but it really is amazing when I realize she's one-of-a-kind and I got her! I can't wait to see the other one. Her buyer has her on layaway.