As usual, we’re celebrating the beginning of a new month with loot from two months ago. And I don’t delay my loots either! Everything just takes a long time to get here–especially when it comes in several boxes like this one did!
Oddly, the one thing that I did plan to purchase has been delayed to March…after it was delayed to February.
First up is the arms and accompanying hands which I already posted about. There was also a pair of black heels which I forgot to put in this post. My girl’s arms have a lot more mobility now!
And while we’re on the topic of Dollfie Dreams, I have good news! My face up commission has been accepted! I’ll be packing up my girl’s head tonight and hope to ship her out very soon. There will still be a wait since the faceup artist is still busy with other heads, but this project is almost complete! *tears of joy*
Next up is what was in that Build A Bear box photo I shared quite some time ago: Fluttershy!
Perhaps you knew that My Little Pony Friendship is a guilty pleasure of mine, and Fluttershy happens to be my favorite pony, so once I found out that this wonderful thing existed, getting one for myself was a no brainer.
When searching images online to evaluate Fluttershy’s quality, most of what I found was stuff written by moms about how much their daughters loved her. And although that is nice, it was not quite what I was looking for. For that reason, I’ll be doing a mini review of Build A Bear Fluttershy.
I’ll save my full opinion for the review, but for now I’ll just say that she is DARLING.
I really went crazy with the extras for this month. And doing so was actually part of my new years resolution which resulted in Fluttershy and this book being purchased from Amazon. …It also helped that I had a gift card from Christmas.
So what is this book? It’s a doll pattern book from a series called Doll Coordinate Recipe! This book would have completely eluded me were it not for Mew on figure.fm who received one as a gift for her dolls. I also ended up getting this edition since it’s the beginner book, and I figured the patterns would be a good start.
The book has lovely photography and every piece of clothing worn by the dolls inside can be sewn using the patterns! Patterns are included on a pull out sheet in the back or printed on the pages of the book. The patterns need to be scanned and printed not just because the tear out sheet is double sided, but because some cutting is needed in patterns prep. The patterns are also given for dolls of several sizes. I’ve been using the 27cm Momoko patterns for Pureneemos.
Step by step pictures inside make is fairly easy for non Japanese speakers to follow along. But some sewing experience does help.
The book cost $25 without shipping on Amazon, but retails in the 1500 yen range. I’ve seen other editions for sale online for closer to that price, and both Hobbysearch and Hobbylink Japan carry them–although they do not have every edition.
And here are the results of my very first serious attempt(my quick attempt can be seen in my second snow day post.
After making my first dress from the book, I have to say that the patterns are awesome! The skirt did end up tighter than intended, but I love how it looks on Kagura!
While making this dress, I also learned that having your sewing machine’s stitch length on the right size is…a good idea. I usually sew at 3, but soon found out that 1 1/2 or 2 is better for such tiny clothing.
Because of her arms, the fit of the dresses is a little awkward, but I have a remedy for that on the way!
Even having just dipped my toes into this book, I am very pleased with it. I would recommend having a little experience with sewing in order to fully utilize the book though.
And seeing how many amazing things I can make for Kagura thanks to this book, I went ahead and ordered another that applies to Tamaki. Now both of my darlings can wear even better clothing. Woohoo!
Last is a further continuation of my resolution: more props!
Re-ment is one of the most commonly suggested companies for third party figure/small doll props, so I did a quick search on amiami. Unfortunately, I am still quite cheap, and many of the 3000 yen boxes(even if it is for a full box and totally worth it) were more than I was willing to pay. I then came across this kotatsu set.
Re-ment released a kotatsu set quite some time ago which now fetches a hefty aftermarket price, so I was thrilled to see this one for the easily digestible retail price of 1500 yen.
There’s a table top(cream on one side and chocolate brown on the other), the table with four legs, two pillows, and the kotatsu cover.
That brings this loot post to an end! Next month will be doll related again!