Figures have been getting a lot of blog attention lately, but the same cannot be said for dolls. This is not because my darlings have been neglected(never!), but because I’ve been hard at work polishing my sewing skills to build up lovely wardrobes! I picked up sewing as a pastime in order to not have to spend money clothing my dolls with Azone’s often shockingly expensive pieces. But the few adventures I’ve already had have really taught me to appreciate the skill and quality of official Pureneemo clothing. Not only does the clothing fit well, it suits the dolls perfectly and is available in a variety of fashions. The quality and diversity of official clothing presents a dilemma to anyone wishing to sew for their own dolls, and that is making homemade clothing without having it look homemade. I hope to improve my skills to the point that my Pureneemos(and eventually Dollfie Dream) are able to have beautiful clothing that might as well be official!
But more importantly, looking at Azone clothing inspired me to venture out of my comfort zone and learn new methods by playing with different patterns. This lead to my finally pulling out the Barbie patterns I bought some time ago. The pack contains patterns for fairly basic things like halter tops and skirts along with more complicated projects like a hooded jacket and peasant dress. Unlike the kimonos I had been sewing before, making these things introduced me to gathering(which I already don’t like on such a small scale), elastic, and the fitting required to make something designed for slim and curvy Barbie fit the chunky flat body of a Pureneemo.
After sewing the basic skirt provided in the pattern, I was reminded of a photo that I saw on Flickr of a Pureneemo wearing a patchwork skirt. This particular photographer not only has very well dressed dolls, but always has the cutest sets and props for which I love looking at her pictures!
Inspired by the skirt, I decided to try making one myself. Because the pattern I have requires side seams, I ended up doing my first attempt at draping.
Here’s my result!
When you compare to the original photo, I wasn’t entirely successful since the skirt is not as billowy as I’d like. The difference in texture also removes some of the quaint charm.
But I’d be lying if I said I am not satisfied. First, it looks like a skirt which is a good start, and second I think that the colors work well enough to make it a fun piece for Kagura.
I also made a halter top which was part of the pattern pack. It’s made from an old handkerchief giving it an off white rather than pure color, and I like having something neutral since it looks good with just about everything!
A closer look at the skirt.
I used the red fabric as a base for the rest of the skirt. The red fabric was originally chosen as kimono fabric for Tamaki, but I love all of the other splashes of color present, and seeing that I have a yard(AKA infinity in Pureneemo sewing) of this stuff, I imagine it will be popping up in a lot of other outfits.
With her new outfit on, Kagura received a twofold photo shoot. First came the outdoor part.
It is definitely getting colder outside, and although I do not like the winter that is to come, it is nice to be free from excruciating humidity. It also smells good outside this time of year.
These photos were taken near sunset. I really like how the light shines through the fuzzy plants since it makes for an interesting background. The glow it produces makes me think of Clannad Afterstory which is one of the few holders of the “Managed to genuinely make me cry” award.
For the next part of the shoot, I headed inside. After the unexpected success with Snow Miku and Black Rock Shooter 2032, I’ve become more open to constructing simple sets and playing with diffusing light through opaque paper. This time I tried building a room with one window.
The window works just as I’d liked, but because it’s the only place light shines through, I did have trouble keeping the rest of the room bright since it is facing away from sunlight. Next time, I’ll try using a flash or lamp to illuminate the window and sunlight for the rest of the room.
Although I finally have a good handle on figure photography ideas, doll pictures always leave me stumped. I’m not sure what to have the dolls do other than sit.
For those of you who photograph dolls, what gives you ideas for pictures?
And in case anyone missed Tamaki, here’s a picture of the two of them. I call it “August Nights” since it was taken in August…at night.
It’s also become apparent that I’m in the midst of an obsession with backlighting. And using the same accessories repeatedly. Someone needs to pay the hobby store a visit!
That’s all for this time! I hope to have my next post be a review for casual Kyoko!