A friend asked me if I could make an Egyptian-style kilt in gold pleated fabric in Iplehouse FID men's size... well, I can but try...
The result looks pretty good to me - my first attempt too!
It is modelled by Iplehouse FID Leonard (light brown resin).
The only stitching is at the back. The fabric is cut on the bias and curves trimmed at the front. This fabric is horrible to sew - stretches when machine-sewn and it's quite dense so not easy to hand-sew, but that's the best way to sew it. Fortunately it doesn't fray at all and has a nice neat edge when cut with a sharp pair of scissors. The kilt is overlapped and sewn in place with a few stitches, then a band tied around the waist and one end allowed to hang down at the front.
My Iplehouse FID girl Raffine got a new outfit from Lyanne... I'm much too impatient and imprecise to sew in this scale (1/4), so really appreciated being able to commission this lovely outfit for Raffine. Lyanne posed and photographed Raffine for me - she's so good at this sort of thing!
Do check out Lyanne's Flickr account; she has several FID ladies and they're always beautifully outfitted!
Later Raffine got replacement arms from Iplehouse - these are slightly longer and the elbow is at waist level as it's supposed to be... I love how the violet blue of her top accentuates her blue eyes;
I got my order from Etsy store KawkanaStyle, so I got out my RaccoonDoll ladies and my sole FID woman and changed them into autumn gear.
Iplehouse FID Raffine looks lost in an autumn reverie... memories of springtime, perhaps?
Her pretty jumper and stretch denims (actually leggings) are by KawkanaStyle. She just manages to squeeze into a pretty pair of boots by Paul Zhangby (actually for RaccoonDoll, who have smaller feet!)
Laetitia gets stretch denims as well, and some French flair - a striped top and lavender beret scarf made by Lyanne. Lucky Laetitia!
Gene gets a rose top and leggings by KwakanaStyle;
And Smiling Gene gets her first outing!
She got a lovely vibrant orange knit ensemble from Iplehouse, and also new feet from Iplehouse!
The feet & shoes fit together (no toes - does that make her the Pobble Who Has No Toes? :) )
RaccoonDoll girls can 'wear' Iplehouse JID and FID hands, and also high heel FID feet which allows them to wear American Model shoes which would be otherwise too large.
Iplehouse normal skin matches very well with RaccoonDoll normal, Iplehouse real skin with RD sweet mocha, and Iplehouse light brown with RD dark mocha.
Smiling Gene was a tiny bit wobbly on these feet, so got a stand to make sure she didn't fall while I was taking photographs.
I spent New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with my friend Lyanne who is also a BJD collector and we had a wonderful time dressing up and photographing my RaccoonDoll Laetitia and my HID Doria. Lyanne ended up taking all the photos so I'll have to ask her permission to publish a few of them here on my blog. She is a wonderful photographer - she did all the dressing, posing and staging as well. In the meantime you can see them on her Flickr site - well worth visiting for all Lyanne's wonderful photos of her dolls - here is a link;
I did manage to photograph my Iplehouse FID man Lawrence, who doesn't look impressed by all the female chatter;
PS: Lawrence's new wig is by Lyanne!
Raccoondoll Gene says she see a tall dark stranger in her future... oh, look - there he is now...
It must be Iplehouse FID man Lawrence;
He looks like he needs company...
Gene's pretty face-up is by Vitta Vera.
And here is the wig shown on FID Raffine; she is the "Fashion Doll" edition of EID Raffine.
My Raffine is also in the "glow" peach gold resin colour, which is really lovely. It really does seem to have a healthy "glow" under the "skin", and this adds a great deal more liveliness to the doll.
I took her to my friend Lyanne, where we tried on a couple of outfits that Lyanne had made for her CED fashion dolls (a bit broad in the shoulder, and narrow in the hips, but not a bad fit overall). CED shoes are too narrow however. She is wearing Kitty Collier shoes, and these ones are a square-toed style, so I don't know if narrow styles would fit either. There are a lot of 16-17 inch fashion dolls, but they usually have very small, narrow feet.
Iplehouse FID ladies still have feet with more normal proportions - which look great in my opinion but it sure makes it harder to find shoes for them.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.