First to arrive was a Lumedoll Meissa elf. Lumedoll is a small artist-run company based in Florida. They offer a limited number of head sculpts, each of which can be ordered as either a male or a female. I had never seen a Lumedoll in person. The measurements were compatible with my Raccoon Doll girls, however, so I took a chance and ordered Meissa as a male. I knew he would be a tiny bit shorter than my Raccoon girls in high heels, but hey, that happens in real life, too.
We tried on a lot of clothing. I thought for sure he would be able to share clothes with my Model Delf but that proved not to be the case. Meissa's narrow waist and hips refuse to hold pants up, even if the legs fit otherwise. The pants that came closest to fitting are a pair I made for my long-gone Limhwa Mono. If I can figure out which pattern I used, I'll make Meissa some with a smaller waist. In the meantime he is wearing an Iplehouse outfit for JID boys. It's too loose in the waist and hips, but the laces on either side allow some customization in fit, provided you overlook the bulge of excess fabric at the top (artfully hidden in the photo).
The week's other arrival is a Dollmore Zaoll The Song of the Night Luv. While I have long admired Gu Mi-Jung's lovely sculpts, none of the face-ups on the limited or basic dolls grabbed me until this one. It's a happy combination of everything I like in eye makeup and lip treatment. Plus I like the full set.
|Song of the Night full set|
|Wrapped like a mummy!|
|L'Ecoliere skirt; Iplehouse wig size 8-9|
We spent the afternoon yesterday trying on wigs, clothes and shoes, including some things I ordered for her before her arrival. The stuff I had on hand was pretty much hit or miss as far as fit. Luckily the clothing items I bought fit, mainly because I shopped for items with an elasticized waist. I needn't have bothered. Checking her measurements, I find that Dollmore misstated her waist measurement. It's not 21.5 cm, it's 16.5 cm. That's a big difference! It means that she is shapelier than I had thought and that standard 1/3 size clothing may fit after all. Length will be an issue, as she is unquestionably shorter than other 1/3 scale dolls. On the other hand, with the trend in doll clothing running to very short skirts, even the shortest dresses and skirts won't show her underwear when she bends over.
|Size 8-9 wig by Iplehouse (Love this one on her, but it's loose.)|
Luv's fullset includes a size 7-8 long blonde wig. I went through my stash, trying on both 7-8 and 8-9 wigs, to see what else she might like. We didn't try everything--I have a lot of wigs--but I discovered that I like her better in darker colors, especially shades of red. A few of the 7-8 wigs were too small, and most of the 8-9 wigs were too large, depending on the company. I had less luck with shoes, no doubt because my stash is smaller. I have a pair of shoes that I refer to as my Cinderella shoes. No, not glass slippers. They are a pair of shoes that so far have refused to fit any doll that has come through this house. No big surprise that they didn't fit Luv, either.
|Jpopdolls wig Reiya Autumn Moon, size 7-8|
And because I haven't done a comparison photo in a long time, here is a size line up of several girls in my collection: (from left, back row) Iplehouse nYID, FairyLand Moe 60, Dollmore Zaoll, Raccoon Doll, Dollmore Judith; (front row) FairyLand MiniFee, Iplehouse KID, FairyLand LittleFee. The nYID's stand adds about 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) to her height.