Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cosplay Makai Ishi Mephisto, 72 cm Dream Realm

So, this is Part Two of the project.  Part One is here.

Now that I've finally got the new eyes, I'm not so certain they're right.  It's not the size of the iris.  It's that the whites look so--white?  The color is gorgeous!  It's exactly what I wanted when I ordered them from Safrin Doll.  I will now order all my doll eyes from Safrin Doll.  I like that they are flat back, without the crazy high dome that interferes with the sockets of so many of my dolls.  I love their range of color combinations.
But I think I'll switch Kyou back to his smoky purple ones for this character.

I've got to the point where I have all that hemming on the cloak to do by hand.  Just in time for a triple digit heat wave.  So I photographed him this morning, sans yeux still.  Oddly, total attitude.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Want a Discount on Your Custom BJD Clothing Order?

If you have a doll I haven't worked with before, I have a deal for you.

One of the best ways to make a pattern for a doll is to make a masking tape and paper towel fitting shell.  It's like making a mannequin.  This is the same method used by haute couture design houses where each customer has a mannequin on hold in their size.

From Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques

I have tutorials for torso and lower body fitting shells in PDF format.  If you have a doll that isn't already in my size range, and are willing to make the shell, snip the shell it up the middle of the back and mail it to me; please let me know, and I will apply a discount to your first garment order, and future orders will be as simple as just telling me what you want (and paying up of course! ^_^).

Your fitting shell and basic patterns will be kept on file and adjusted to what ever design you come up with for me to make for your doll.  All your future orders will have the patterning fee (this can vary from garment to garment) removed from the factoring, and your order will move along anywhere from a week to two weeks faster because we won't have to mail test fittings back and forth on most garments.

Ciel Phantomhive is not amused. 
Now for the 'fine' print: This deal is only for new customers who have put a deposit down for a garment order in progress, or have previously ordered from me and want a new item made, not retroactive to previous order's prices. You must use masking tape, (the light brown, easy to peel off painter's tape) no wider than 1/2 inch, unless you want to tear small pieces, and paper towels.  It's really quite easy.  After the shell is made, you snip it down the back seam to remove it from the doll, flatten it and mail it to me in an envelope, along with all the measurements listed in the tutorial.  The discount will be applied to your current order immediately on my receiving the fitting shell or shells.  All of your future orders will receive the patterning discount.  It is not retroactive to previous garment orders for a refund.  

A good example of how this works for fitting long distance is at BJDCollectasy in the Espoir Designing a Custom Pattern tutorial.

Masking tape is inexpensive at hardware stores and places like 99c and dollar stores.  If you're paying more than $2 for a roll of 1/2 inch wide masking tape, you're in the wrong darn store. 

Post Edited and Corrected to clear up any confusion! ^_^

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Idealian 72 (68 cm really) Girl: Cloud Goddess

For Youkaimoon's Idealian Calais, a soft, floating version of this bridal dress in Kona Cotton. The pure sculpture of the dress and the doll herself will take over from the glitz. 

Idealian 72 cm girl bridal dress

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More Doll Cosplay Plans: Makai Ishi Mephisto

I sort of fell in love with this odd ball manga, 'Makai Ishi Mephisto'.  It's beautifully drawn and set in the 'Demon City Shinjuko' universe, of which I just found out there is a whole series of novels going back to 1988.  Dr. Mephisto is a re-occurring character in them, and the manga was started in 2011, but my info says 2012 and a second volume coming 2013.  I'm already stalking it at CDJapan.  The artist is Shimotsuki Kairi, who does 'Brave 10' as well.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

65 cm Soul Doll Zenith: British Detective Greatcoat

Updating Progress Report for the Detective Greatcoat, ordered by MonkeyGraph through my Etsy shop, for a Soul Doll Zenith.  This is a custom order, paid for in full.

Ball joint doll detective greatcoat, sherlock
The coat as modeled by my Kyou (Dream Realm Black Crow)

The Charcoal wool (as shown) with dark grey lining, black buttons and specified: tiny red button hole for collar button.  

Ordered on June 11, 2013; with a 2-3 weeks shipping or sooner, making the due date July 2, 2013.  I anticipate the 'sooner' will apply.  Custom made ball joint doll coat will be shipped on Customer's final approval of photos of finished garment. 

The Zenith body is 1 cm narrower in the hips and 7 cms shorter than my model, the Dream Realm Black Crow.  Other wise, all measurements match.   

Updates below the 'read more' link. ^_^