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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Baby, Take a Bow! (Iplehouse BID Naias)

The death of Shirley Temple Black last week reminded me that I have a Mini Shirley wig that would be the perfect size for my incoming BID Naias.  In the interim, someone on Den of Angels remarked that BID Ringo would be a perfect pouting Shirley Temple.  Well, I also have a Ringo (aka my little Maddie) so I photographed and posted her wearing the wig.  Personally, I think Naias does Shirley better, but I'll post them both here and let my readers decide.  If you are too young to remember Shirley Temple from her child star days, Google--or your search engine of choice--will take you to her movie stills.  I'm not old enough to have seen her films at the theater, but I remember seeing them over and over on TV when I was growing up.

Maddie (Ringo) as Shirley
Naias as Shirley

I actually ordered Naias way back before Christmas.  I have loved her sculpt since it was first issued in the Elemental Guardian series.  She and Byuri were Iple's first two dolls in BID size.  At the time, I didn't feel I could order both dolls, so I bought only Byuri.  In the back of my mind, however, a little voice echoed, "You should have bought Naias, too."


The Guardians were supposed to be strictly limited.  As in:   "Buy it now before it's gone forever."  With the passage of time that policy has relaxed.  The first year's Guardians came back for Christmas that year.  Then they appeared in the Iplehouse Doll Choice category.  I missed the Christmas special because I had another doll on order.  And Doll Choice dolls cost more than basic dolls.  So I waited.  Good thing, too, because this past Christmas all Doll Choice dolls were available at basic doll prices.  Time for Naias at last!


Little Naias (who needs a name -- I'm torn between Daphne and Josie) has the default faceup.  It was the only faceup offered originally, but that was the look I fell in love with then and wanted now.  I could have ordered another sculpt's makeup for her--at extra cost.  Frankly, I don't see the point of doing that.  If you prefer another sculpt's makeup, why not buy the other doll?


I ordered clothing along with the doll.  Shortly after I received the shipping notice, Iplehouse sent me an e-mail saying that the clothing did not make it into the package.  Oh well, those things happen.  It's not the end of the world.  They offered to ship the clothing at once, in combination with any other clothing that I had already paid for.  So I was able to get the BID stuff along with some extra things I ordered for SID Grace, who should be the next doll to arrive. 


The two packages arrived a day apart, partly because we had a holiday where no mail was delivered and partly because the packages took different flights.  I don't know how Iplehouse decides which flight a shipment will take.  My orders tend to come either on Korean Air 081, which flies direct from Seoul to New York, or on Korean Air 251, which hopscotches from Seoul to Anchorage to Miami, and only then to New York.  Naias took the scenic route; the clothes flew direct.


One thing bothers me about the addition of Grace's extra clothing to this shipment.  Now when I look at my orders on Iplehouse.com, the entry for SID Grace is marked "Delivered."  I have to open the order to see that it is only the clothing that has shipped, not the doll.  I sure hope Grace doesn't end up in a pile of unclaimed orders somewhere in the warehouse.  With the site's English language manager on maternity leave, now is not the time to initiate a search for a missing doll.  I'm going to give it two weeks before I start to worry.  Starting now.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Steampunk for Minifee, Part Three (and Done!)

I must admit, I put off working on this coat/duster for as long as I could.  Not only did it look fiddly, with its leg-o-mutton sleeves, nipped-in waist and flared skirt, but I knew I would have issues with it.  I always do with these patterns, and this one was no exception.  Sometimes it's little things, like the pattern directions neglecting to mention when to sew the shoulder seams.  I figured that one out.  Hint:  When the directions seem to have glossed over something, there is a step missing. 

The plastic bag contains short thread ends for use as tailor's tacks.

Sometimes it's a total lack of understanding on my part.  If you have this pattern and have made it successfully, please look at instruction number 20 for the duster and tell me what it means.  I folded my fabric every which way possible, trying to understand what I was supposed to do with it.  In the end, I shrugged and decided to do it my own way.  I ended up with two neat, knife-edged bottom front corners, but don't ask me to explain how I did it, because I can't.

The thickness of the sleeve gathers meant I had to hand sew the sleeves.



It would have been fun to fasten the front of the duster with three narrow belts.  Unhappily, I am all out of small buckles, so I fastened it with snaps hidden under buttons as the pattern directed.  I used black and brown ribbon for trim instead of belts. All in all, I am quite happy with the finished garment.  It's a perfect fit for MiniFees.  A word of caution; if you use this pattern for a similar-sized doll, or a MiniFee with hook-on hands, enlarge the bottom of the sleeves.  This pattern was designed for MiniFees with magnetic (i.e., removable) hands.


To finish off the outfit, I borrowed a pair of goggles from my Iplehouse BIDs.  I don't think they would actually fit Calandra, but as I only wanted to wrap them around her hair, fit didn't matter.


A word about my tri-fold backdrop.  It's called Sunny Park Scene, from American Girl.  It provides a fun, summery background, but the glossy finish is difficult to photograph.  Even after lowering the shades on all my windows, I still had to deal with glare in the finished photos.  Thank goodness for PhotoShop, even if it didn't completely remove the glare.



I was also happy to find another use for my metal bicycle.  Never mind that Calandra can't reach the handlebars from a seated position.  The fact that this pattern features short pants instead of a skirt makes it ideal for bicycle riding.


Originally I wanted to line the duster, even though the pattern directions did not call for it.  It's easier than hand-finishing all the seams, especially as I do not own a serger.  After I cut out all the pattern pieces (except the sleeves) in lining fabric, I noticed that the front bodice pieces are self-lined.  I couldn't figure out how to attach the rest of the lining, as the self-lining does not extend to the side seams.  In the end, it's just as well that I didn't line the duster.  It would have been too stiff to drape properly.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Meet-Up, February 2014, Chittenden County Doll Club

A record number of doll aficionadas turned out for Saturday's meet-up.  Before now, I think our maximum number was six; this time I counted nine.  We're still small by any reckoning, but we are growing.  That is what's important.  And we had a record number of dolls to learn about and photograph.  There are 24 dolls on the table below.  Look carefully or you'll miss the smaller ones.


Thanks go to ModernWizard, who gallantly took everyone's names and the details of what dolls they brought.

The Volks contingent.

The meeting room was filled with children's art, hung low I presume to get as much of it on the wall as possible.  This meant we couldn't put our table up against the wall as usual.  Hard luck for dolls who needed a wall to lean on, like my Iplehouse nYID Andrew, who does not have a stand and whose tight pants preclude sitting.  He found a fitting alternative, seeing as we were celebrating Valentine's Day.  He simply wrapped himself around nYID Olivia.  If she voiced any objection, I didn't hear it.

Ah, young love!


My SuperDollfie Cute Sora looked suitably cute and color-appropriate in her red kimono.  I was hoping to demonstrate her suwarikko pose, but found it impossible given the narrowness of her kimono's underskirt.  We'll try it another time when she's wearing a dress.


ModernWizard brought Sardonix, a Cerebrus Project Juri 2006 on a modded ShinyDoll Thaasa body, who should need no introduction as she has attended numerous meet-ups already.  I still think Sardonix looks lost without MW's RealPuki SoSo, which she SoldSold.


She also brought Submit, her Elfdoll Kathlen, who found a couple of tiny skateboards and couldn't resist trying them out, rollerskate style.


Goldi brought a Volks Dollfie World Cup 02 head on an SD13 body.  That lucky girl met the Perfect Man at the meet-up and didn't want to let him go.  (I feel the same way about chocolate myself.)


Goldi also brought her Soom Mylo/Adamelli hybrid and Fairyland LittleFee Bonnie.


Purplekiss101 brought her Crobidoll Yeon-Ho type B boy along with two new dolls, an Iplehouse KID Lisa in gray skin with demon head (see last month's meet-up for my KID Lisa with normal skin and human head), and an Impldoll Dorisy.


Lyrajean's dolls included her Iplehouse EID Asa, a U-noa Sist, a Customhouse Petite Ai Sariel and a Volks YoSD Kira, each of which brought a Lalaloopsy doll (so cute!), and two larger Volks dolls: a Sleeping School A head (reading Dating for Dummies, below) and an F10 (the girl seated beside him).


Megan once again brought her own sculpts.  One was a 1:12 scale jointed man suited up for video game action.  Watch for this girl:  If she keeps up with her sculpting, I predict that in a few years she will be producing resin BJDs that people like you and me will buy.  Her other sculpt is a 1:6 scale elf who has visited previously.

 


Dolly Lover brought a lovely Volks SD Dollfie Dream Miko.  I was surprised at how large Miko is.  When I read about Dollfie Dream, I pictured a much smaller doll.  Her style is distinctly Anime.


There were some Pullips in attendance.  Again, I had only seen these in photos and thought they would be smaller.  Actually, the doll body is small; it's the head that is large.  There is a lever in back of the head that moves the eyes from side to side or open and close.  The Pullip with the red wig belongs to Dolly Lover.  The Taeyang, who is Pullip's boyfriend, belongs to Addie.  This one looks a bit like Edward Scissorhands.  The bald Pullip is Addie's Make-Your-Own, which is a work in progress.  Addie also owns the hybrid on the end--a Little Pullip head on a 27 cm Obitsu body.



Next meeting will be in April.  Doesn't someone have a bunny costume?



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Who's New? SDCG Sora, That's Who

I hope you had as much fun with yesterday's Who's New photo as I did.  I'm tickled to report that even Sora's former owner had trouble picking her out of the crowd.  New eyes and a different wig  will do that to a BJD.

I wish I had taken a photo with Sora waving from her spot in the back row.

So who is Sora?  She is a Super Dollfie Cute Girl, a slim mini made by Volks.  I didn't even know Volks made a slim mini.  A little over a week ago I received a message at Den of Angels asking if I would consider a trade for the Kaye Wiggs Millie I was selling.  As a rule my listings say No Trades, and I normally say no to trades that are offered.  But then I've never been offered a Volks slim mini before.  I looked at her photos and I was hooked.  Millie headed West and Sora came home to Resin Corner.


One of the things that sold me on Sora was the fact that she can share clothes with U-noa girls and Narae.  She can also share with my SoulKids, especially old body Linn, whom she most resembles in terms of body build.

Sisters under the skin?  Linn and Sora.

I am happy to report that Sora has wider feet than my other girls.  This means that all the shoes I have bought over the years that didn't quite fit U-noa or Narae or even SoulKids fit her perfectly.  She can also wear the wigs that don't quite fit the other girls, too.  I'm beginning to think that most doll wig and shoe makers design their wares on Volks dolls.


One of these days I'll take photos showing her in the suwarikko pose, which is made possible by a swivel joint in her hip.  The word suwarikko literally means "sitting child" and is a way of sitting with the knees together and the lower legs turned out to either side.  I'm not sure if I will do that before or after I restring her.  Her legs are somewhat kicky and appear to be strung with very thin elastic.  That size is fine for the arms, but I think her torso and legs would work better with thicker string.  Until then, only the doll stand is keeping her upright.

Sora will make her debut at next Saturday's Chittenden County Doll Club meeting.  We will be celebrating Valentine's Day (a few days early) and Sora has a red kimono that is appropriate for both Valentine's and the Lunar New Year.  I snapped this pic of her head plate while I was trying the kimono on her this morning.  My very first Super Dollfie!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Who's New?

I thought I would play a game today.  Sort of a "Where's Waldo?"  With dolls.

A few days ago I acquired a doll via trade.  All I will say about it today is that it's a mini -- and it's standing in plain sight among my other minis.  Can you pick out the new doll?  (Notice I'm not saying whether it's a boy or a girl.)  In honor of the occasion I even brought out a couple of dolls that had been in storage.  Don't let them distract you.  They have been featured here before.




Give up?  Don't worry.  All will be revealed tomorrow.