Lisa is my first Iplehouse KID. I fell in love with the dolls when they were first released last year but didn't buy one at the time. I always hesitate over new sizes, wondering if I have anything that will fit them and if not, how hard it will be to find patterns. KIDs measure 35 cm, placing them firmly between the JIDs at 45 cm and the BIDs at 26 cm. Lisa is the same height as my U-noa Chibi Lilin, but their body types are completely different. (Lisa is a child, while Lilin is a small adult.)
Wigs, on the other hand, are a problem. KIDs are supposed to wear the same wigs as the BIDs, which means size 6/7. The trouble is that the KIDs have slightly larger heads. So a 6/7 doesn't really fit unless it is built on a stretchy wig cap. It's the same problem I have with FairyLand's MiniFees. They also fall between a 6/7 and a 7/8. A 6/7 is very tight and the bangs are sometimes too short for my liking, while a 7/8 requires a wig cap underneath to keep it from sliding off and the bangs are usually too long.
In Lisa's case, I found only one 6/7 wig that would go on without immediately springing off and taking her resin headcap with it. It's the same purple-streaked black wig that both Boris and Karsh like to wear. The color was perfect for Lisa because I also ordered her the Violeta set, which consists of a loose fitting purple knit dress with flowered leggings. The dress is an odd shade of purple: in some lights (and photos) you would swear it was brown.
I had hoped to put Lisa in a white mohair wig when she is wearing the black gown. Of course, being mohair it has no stretch whatsoever. Similarly, I had high hopes for a white wig in a synthetic mohair, size 6/7 with a stretchy cap, but that didn't fit either. Because I was fast running out of daylight, I settled on the first wig that fit--a long, straight wig from Jpopdolls in a color called Shimmer--and took her photos. Later I found the white synthetic mohair in a size 7/8. I don't remember what prompted me to buy the same wig in two different sizes, but am I ever glad I did! It fits beautifully without a wig cap. Too late to take photos, of course. That's the peril of living in a northern climate at the approach of winter. I have glass eyes on order for Lisa. When they arrive I will take new photos with the white wig.
With Lisa I am debuting a new prop: a Gothic framed triple mirror. I have been trying to justify the purchase of this mirror since I first saw it in a Gump's catalog two Christmases ago. Finally, with the purchase of Lisa, I have a doll whose size and costume work with the prop. Taking photos of a doll standing before a mirror presents its own set of challenges. While I love seeing the doll reflected in the mirror, I'm not so wild about seeing the photographer. I had to zoom in close to avoid taking my own photo. The mirror bounced the light from the windows around the room and threw off my camera's light meter, giving me a white blur where the doll's face should be. Hmm, this prop is going to necessitate some practice in different lighting conditions. I wonder what additional challenge the white wig will contribute? Stay tuned to find out.