Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Trying Again: Another SD Doll Head

I'm an idiot.  Having just recovered from the whole Doll-Love Sleepy Alice debacle, an SD head that appeared to match in measurements, but not in scale, I'm dumb enough to try one more time.  It just kept bugging me.  If Only-Doll's MSD Ruo-Die head fit the Dragon Doll 1/4 girl body so perfectly, why not an Only-Doll SD sized head on the Dragon Doll 1/3 scale body?  This time I looked at the head circumference and proportions to shoulders a little bit more carefully.

What I've been longing for for ages is a 60cm vintage pattern cover girl doll, and most defintely, a ball joint resin doll.  Someone who would really look spot on in the styles I want to play around with.  So this time I'm trying Only-Doll's Yi Feng.

Here's my mockish Photoshop mock up so I could make up my mind.  The vintage pattern image is from a 1944 pattern catalog cover I found on Flickr. The doll head photos are from the Only-Doll company through Mint on Card. The deadline for the order to go in this time is January 14th, so it's going to be a few months before I get the head.  It can take anywhere from 1 to 5 months to get a doll made and shipped so I'm happy I've already got the body to pattern and sew for.

I've used La Doll Clay to close a doll's eyes up a bit before.  Even if it doesn't stay stuck to the resin at first, just let the pieces dry and glue it on with Elmer's White Glue.  Completely removable if you ever want to restore the doll to default.  I think with the eyelid mod and a face-up, and a pair of 14 mm eyes so the iris is smaller, I'll have my Vintage Pattern Model Girl.  I'm hoping she shows up in time for Valentines?  And that the head fits perfectly, or only requires a little neck sanding so that my Jiji can keep and wear her original head.

Or, I'll have another head for sale. I hope not.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Patterning a 'Tail' Coat from a Psuedo Victorian Era Manga story.

The demon/butler, Sebastian, in the manga/anime "Kuroshitsuji" by Yano Toboso is well known for his immaculate tail coat.  God help you if you get anything on it, butter cream frosting not withstanding.  The artist has a marvelous time drawing intricately detailed Victorian Era costumes for her characters, and then throwing in delightfully anachronistic steampunk cell phones and televisions.  And clockwork people!

I'm going with the character sheets, copy write Yano Toboso, of course:

For those not familiar with anime, this is the costume design they use as a reference template when doing the animation. It's also candy on a stick for cosplayers who make the costumes to wear in competitions and to show off.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kyou in as Natural Light as it Gets.

I got up this morning and after a whole day of sunshine it was raining again this morning, and it didn't clear up until afternoon, so he's got the light going the other way.  It would be hopeless to photo him in direct sun, he's like a reflection device he's so white. The Dream Realm white resin actually has little sparkles in it. It's more like that faux marble stuff.  I would say, Kyou is more than 3 years old at the least.  I've had him for a little over 2 years now.  He's only gone from dead white to a very, very nice ivory, judging by his other fantasy ear sets that have been stuck in packing plastic all this time.

Dream Realm Black Crow BJD

Now I just have to make him that Late Victorian Butler's outfit.  I wish they made proper 1/3 scale half dome fancy buttons and sold them to the general public. I've seen some on doll clothing, but I've never been able to find anything!  And I need them for so many outfits I have in mind!  For cosplay, I'll just add a little more black to his brows and eyes temporarily to bring out that anime look.  I'm debating cutting his hair, though.  Sebastian is "sloppy" for the time period, but maybe I can cheat with a pony tail.  I've already got the 'poppy' color eyes.  I wanted to get the demon eyes from Ersa Flora, but until now it sort of wasn't worth it.  NOW it is! ^_^  But yeah, he's got the red poppy eyes for now.

Yana Toboso's Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kyou's Face Up, A - Z

After over a week of rainy weather and clearing my backlogged sewing projects off the list, I decided today is the day.  I can have the windows open, the air is dry enough to dry the paint and spray fast with out it drying too fast and I have been sorting out the layers in my mind.

Here is Kyou blank, with a wig on. I sprayed him over a week ago with Mr. Super Clear to prep him.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

The Obligatory Alice in Wonderland Cosplay

This is my 'test' from the little girl's dress and apron pattern I made for my YoSD size Sakuranbo last month. I've been doing a lot of research on vintage patterns for children's outfits from the 1930s through 1950s and the basic little girl's dress from the 1950s is fantastic for surface design. They look like little flowers.  I want to make a whole garden's worth!

Naturally since I had a blue micro-gingham, and that doll eating 'wild Alice' wig (this is the actual company name for it!), I went with Alice in Wonderland.  Alice is very popular in BJD-land right now.  I think it's because the story goes so well side by side with the whole Steampunk thing, though I think it's a stretch to say the connection is because the White Rabbit has A Watch.  The White Knight from Through The Looking Glass is very Steampunk, with all his clever inventions, but most people seem focused on the Rabbit, because he's the one with the watch.

I think the most difficult part of the whole outfit were the socks.  I went on a sock making binge this weekend, and these are the smallest ones I've ever made.  I had to sew the lace cuffs on with the socks stretched over my fingertip.  Then I realized when I put them on Sakuranbo, they were practically knee socks! However, bunching them down, with the crinkles hidden under the lace cuff, works out okay.  I'm so used to working with the big dolls.  For the rest of this month, I'm going to do my best to catch up with all the stuff cut out for my big guys, but at least now everyone has socks.  

Doll Love Linna BJD
Sakuranbo is a Doll-Love YoSD 'Linna'

And yes, those sleeves do go right over the doll's hands, the circumference of spread hand and arm's widest around part is the same measurement.  The apron has snaps in back for the shoulder straps.  The dress closes with snaps and there are a pair of blue and white gingham bloomers under there.  

I put more cosplay pictures up on the Deviant Art portfolio. ^_^