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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Volks vs. Obitsu, Round 2

I came into this particular comparison with a bit of prejudice.

After the last round, where the Volks doll stood out so much, I expected the Obitsu doll to be inferior.

It turns out....
I was wrong.

From the moment I opened the Volks package, I could tell it wasn't going to go their way.
The plastic feels flimsy, like a dollar store barbie knock off.

The Volks doll has ONE thing in its favor:

It comes with larger boob sizes.

Te cleverness of the Dollfie Dream jointing system is not even remotely echoed here.

In fact, moving the arms at all is a great way to get them to fall apart and/or ave the hands fall off.
They don't seem to realize that at that scale, hiding things doesn't need to be done in a complicated manner.
The size alone makes it harder to notice the pegs and things holding the joints in place

So all in all, I wouldn't call this a victory for Obitsu, as much as a slaughter of Volks.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Working on....

So my doll cohort has asked me to make a series of kimonos for the MH girls!
I think I can oblige her.
I have a pattern I made, and I get to work on fixing machines whilst I make them!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Two two two things in one!

I've finished working on a machine I started working on about ohhhh... a year ago...yeah.

Now I am trying to fix a machine I bought on ebay.
The seller used pictures of a different machine. And eBay did nothing about it when I complained. 

I HATE dishonesty.
Regardless of if it's good or bad news, one thing I can tell you is if I tell you something, it's what I believe is true.

Anyway, my doll cohort has requested some kimonos, and I am going to fix this machine whilst making them for her!

Fabrics for first kimono!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Doll with older outfit

I am working on the patterns for some larger scale doll stuff...
But I picked up a few outfits online...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Comparison: Volks Dollfie Dream and Obitsu 60CM BJD

There's of course the obvious difference between the two, so lets get that out of the way first:


The Obitsu doll is 1/2-1/3 (depending on sales) the price of the Volks.
When you're talking upwards of 400, that's not a small amount of money.

Even if you can buy 2 or 3 for the price of one, those 2 aren't going to be the same quality as the Volks.

Obitsu has magnetic feet and a base, Volks doesn't need that , she can stand on her own

The sculpt details in the torso are a vastly different quality

Top Volks foot.
Bottom Obitsu

Top Volks palm
Bottom Obitsu

Look at the difference in the structure of the clavicle!
The volks reads much more realistic and with a greater attention to detail!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Teknikal Difficulties

We're moving again, so it's going to be about a week or so before this page is back up to full speed!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Deeper into the Rabbit hole!

I started researching the larger scale dolls, and I learned that the best seems to be Volks.

So, being me, I ordered a few of them to be able to work out patterns.

Yowsa, these things are the opposite of inexpensive.

This is actually the first edition of the Dollfie Dream series.
I got it reasonably priced off of eBay and I'm going to completely restore her to what she looked like originally.

which of course means MORE pattern drafting!!!
Poor me, however will I survive?

Apparently the original outfit sort of disintegrated from too much sunlight exposure, but she came with all the original documentation and her original box!

Fun times ahead!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mad as a Hatter!

The hat is hatty!
it's hat like and hattish even!

To be honest

I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing.
I'm pretty much winging it in a lot of ways!
The corset piece needs to be wider, and slightly different.
the hat is under way, and then I gotta make gloves!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marching on!

So here we have the second skirt layer in place:

I gotta add the trim, and do some general thingying!

Behind her you can see what I would now feel comfortable referring to as my trusty 830.

I got a straight stitch foot and plate for this machine and all of a sudden my doll clothing creation changed.
Don't get me wrong, working on my featherweights was not arduous or unfun. 
But this girl has SPACE!

I'm not cramped!
I could rest a sandwich on the bed of the machine while sewing.
I wouldn't, but I could!

Monday, October 20, 2014

First level of the Wicked Witch dress.

So it begins!
This is the bodice/first layer of the dress.
Now I have to do the lower skirt, the corset, the hat, the gloves and the brooom!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How very odd

I find myself exceedingly excited to be working on a larger scale.
The possibilities for decoration and adornment are virtually limitless.

Basically, at this scale I can pull most of the tricks I'd pull at full size, but with 1/3 the material requirements!

I'm very excited to get this first project done and sold and then start working on new designs!

Some of the inspiration images.
I am combining both versions of the witch for my design.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Testing testing 1 2 3

So, I created a pattern and a test dress for this 70cm Bobobie doll.
It's very interesting to see the differences a change in scale makes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

There's a joke in there somewhere.....

The studio is finished.


So, I am taking this blog in another new direction.
I don't have the time for a lot of repairs anymore, which means I will be limiting my machine purchasing and/or repairing efforts.

Instead I am focusing more and more on the doll side of things.

I've been working on outfits for the Monster High dolls:

As well as the 1/6th scale Obitsu ball joint dolls:

And I decided to take a leap further.
Into the 1/3 scale field.
She's 70cm, and green.
So I'm going to do the Wicked Witch of the West/Elphaba!

But that requires drafting an entirely new set of patterns..

Friday, June 13, 2014

Life changes and lack of sleep

So, it's been a while since I've updated this blog at all...
Which isn't too surprising given that I haven't really done anything with machines or crafting in what seems like forever.
We bought a new house and moved, and I have beeen working on that house ever since.
It's going to be awesome when it's done, and I am going to have a MASSIVE crafting studio with a nice view of Mt. Hood...

(yes this is the actual view from the studio)

It's the getting from point A to point B that is kicking my behind.

Add to that another bit of fun:

When we moved we used Comcast's mover's edge thingy to move our accounts to the new location...except.. they didn't and I lost all my email accounts.