Sewing Challenge: Uniformity

In September I proposed a sewing challenge at Figurvore to make two similar uniforms. The purposes were to increase confidence in being able to sew more than one of an item, and to make outfits that would be useful in the stories we want to tell. I was thrilled that other members played along! ^_^

I had a specific idea of how my cleric school uniforms should look. Although Barbie school uniform patterns exist, I couldn’t find one with the right kind of collar, so decided to try my own. How hard could it be? (Spoiler: quite hard.)

The first issue was the collar I envisioned was a Peter Pan collar, not the collar with stand I knew how to make. Sure, the Internet has instructions for anything. And Nicole Needles had the perfect tutorial, https://nicoleneedles.blogspot.com/2013/03/drafting-peter-pan-collar.html just what I needed!

…Well, it would have been if this were 1:1 or even 1:3 scale. But after many tries, I just could not get the collar to work in 1:6.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The second issue was the shiny fabric. It’s nowhere near as hard to work with as the thick bridal satin used for Tessa’s R1 dress, but it doesn’t fold well, frays more than cotton, and is harder to sew by hand. And I didn’t have as much, and wasn’t sure how easily I could obtain more, so decided to make the second blouse out of cotton. That worked better. \o/  Continue reading “Sewing Challenge: Uniformity”

Doll meet at the park

Time has flown! Since my last post, I had the opportunity to meet another online doll friend in real life. Kat of kat’s doll world has some photostories in progress including Strike 5 which follows a League of Legends pro gaming team and Malyj Imperatorskyj Teatr about a modern theatre company in Moscow.

Kat brought Melody and Pepper to the doll meet. They travel light but well prepared.

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I brought…an eclectic group, from several worlds, who don’t all know each other. So that explains why they were kind of awkward, all sitting apart. (*/_\) Going forward I should bring to doll meets characters who are already comfortable with each other.

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A Wild Orc Appears!

What to say about the Orc? He’s no longer nude; yay!  \o/

A Wild Orc Appears!

His outfit is made of faux leather fabric from CCraftSupplies on Etsy. The fabric backing makes it easy to mark. The figure is a Wizard of Oz Winkie Guard Ken doll with face touch-ups.

His armour is based on the Evo 2 Orc in Rappelz.

He fills a necessary role in my Rappelz fanfic…if I ever start writing it. ^-^;;

Thanks for looking!~   ^ㅅ^

Doll friends, new dolls, and new jewelry

Recently I met two online doll friends in real life!

Syd Blackburn wrote some of my favourite photostories: The Salonice Chronicles and Still Waters. Syd writes adventure and romance http://sbtales.weebly.com/books.html and designs book covers for other writers.

My Kira and Syd’s Syd doll did a Valentine swap a couple of years ago. Our dolls weren’t able to meet this time, but Kira, who is currently unattached, hopes to meet 1:6 Syd next time. :}

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Valentines from Syd to Kira

Erica/Corsetkitten is a talented doll artist whose character profiles influenced me to consider 1:6 scale when I was first looking at 1:3 or 1:4 scale BJDs to shell two MMORPG characters.

I bought First Blush Ayumi from Erica. I love that Erica dressed Ayumi in this pink sweaterdress–it fits the ingenuous image I have of her character much better than the red dress in which she came originally. Continue reading “Doll friends, new dolls, and new jewelry”

Sock Sweater for Integrity Homme

Before the weather gets too warm to post this…here is my first sock sweater, made (several weeks ago) from DollsAhoy’s pattern. It’s resized to 120% to fit the Integrity Toys Homme. Thanks for the idea, ModernWizard!

The collar is a bit wonky and sleeves could be taken in, but overall it’s a usable piece of menswear, often in demand.  The cable pattern was a favourite, but socks are seldom noticed, so when one got a hole I was happy to give this pair new life as a sweater. ‘ㅂ’ Another holey pair awaits conversion into a men’s sweater (apparently I like masculine socks), but all sewing (and rooting) is on hold pending recovery from a shoulder injury.

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Modeling the sweater is Bartuc, one of the most formidable adventurers on the Continent. Last week he got a little more haircut. It’s closer to his style, but needs more gel and more cut (not too much!) when the hairdresser gets brave again. ^^;;

When feeling up to it I plan to start on some paper crafts; hope to post some in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading! ^.^

 

Pure Suit, White Robe

From the Department of Redundancy Department: these are a couple of Rappelz costumes that I made before starting this website.

Kira models a Pure Suit, for Rank 2 (“R2”) Hunter. Deva Warriors can wear Hunter clothes because there is no Hunter class for the Deva race. The turquoise edges are bias tape, useful for tiny sewing.

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Tessa wears a White Robe, made for a Rank 2 Cleric. The indigo fabric here is bias tape, and the fasteners are mini brads from the scrapbooking aisle.

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Though R2 is low level, these are some of my favourite outfits in the game. If I like an outfit in an MMO, my character will keep a copy after having “outgrown” it in level, to wear around town.  (^^;)

Cotton Robe in progress

Here is a Cotton Robe, Rappelz costume for Rank 2 Gaia magician, in progress.

R2 Cotton Robe in progress

 

It won’t be finished right away, but I’m glad to have started it. I’ve been stuck for a while; my to-make list is so long I go in circles and rarely start anything. This past weekend I had some time for crafting, and it took a while to decide on a thing to make, but I did, so yay!

I don’t have all of the right materials, and didn’t want to make a trip to the fabric store. But that’s alright.

Yesterday I also ordered some bobbins. My local fabric store doesn’t carry the ones my sewing machine (Husqvarna Lena) takes. I have four currently, and keep needing to swap out colours, so having extra will help.

Note to self and to anyone else who needs the reminder: If you have some of the right materials, you’re good to start making the thing. It’s good to work on something, even if it can’t be completed that day or weekend.