Today’s awesome brought to you by coffee.
Later today, there will be updated faceup pictures and hopefully some sewing successes. Happy Sunday!
The completed faceups from last week are up in Sylvyr’s aesthetics gallery. Here is a glimpse of this week’s work:
Meanwhile, I’m working on Sakura cosplay from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles.
Stay tuned! There’s more to come!
Where did the time go?! One minute it’s summer, and the next minute, we’re into October!
Well, we certainly have a bunch of great things coming up in the next couple of months. Not only are we working on commissions for both clothing and faceups, but we are busily preparing stock for upcoming shows.
First up, Crimson Chimera will be teaming up with Camelot Enterprises in the Steampunk section of Nightmare on Chicago Street. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, come find us in Elgin, IL on Saturday, October 26, 2013. We will have various feathers and flair from Camelot, including fans, cloaks, hairpieces, masquerade masks and more. In addition to that, Crimson Chimera will have dolls on display in steampunk regalia and a small supply of stock on hand, should you be in the mood to pick up a Halloween treat for your dolly. We hope to see you there!
Next, we are absolutely delighted to be a part of the St. Louis BJD Convention for its second year November 15-17, 2013. There are no words for how wonderful and welcoming this BJD community is, and we are excited to return and spend another lovely weekend there. If you missed it last year, there’s still plenty of time for you to get involved for 2013. The organizers have arranged for great guests of honor, a plethora of activities throughout the convention and even contests to enter your dolls in or just show them off for a weekend. We will have an assortment of handmade clothing from Rikka, knitted items from Kijin, aesthetic offerings from Sylvyr and cuddly plushies from MCalhen Creations.
Definitely stay tuned on progress as we get ready for these shows. We’ve got a lot of great stuff coming!
It certainly has been awhile since our last update. I’ll never get tired of saying that I wish real life stopped interfering with all my dolly plans. XD
It’s summer, so you know what that means… Sylvyr and I are doing our 9 week run at the Bristol Renaissance Fair. This year has seen a lot of attendance and energetic crowds, which is always uplifting after a long week. Sometimes, I wish I could bring my sewing machine up with me and sew, but that’s what I have the week for…when I’m not sleeping. Occasionally, that’s important too.
What this means, however, is that the amount of time I have to work on clothing commissions is drastically reduced, as I did the majority of my sewing on the weekends. I’m actually a little further behind than I’d like to be with everything going on, but I’d like to ask that everyone I’m working with have a little bit of patience with me. As always, if there are any questions or anything you need, please email me. You can follow both Ren Fair and dolly escapades in other places:
I think you’ll all understand why I say I can’t wait for September. Hope everyone has been doing well, and thanks for sticking with us in this crazy time.
Just a quick note to say that we’ve returned from AnimeCentral, and thanks everyone who stopped by to talk to us! We had a most excellent time and came home with some wonderful new contacts and five new commissions! Be on the lookout for updates coming in the near future!
Here is the Crimson Chimera Commission Schedule thus far!
Slot 1: Non-DoA Commission – MSD dress and coat
Slot 2: Non-DoA Commission – MSD Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Moon
Slot 3: Non-DoA Commission – MSD Red Kanji wa-loli (ACen)
Slot 4: Non-DoA Commission – YoSD Blackbird wa-loli (ACen)
Slot 5: Non-DoA Commission – Ashton Drake/MSD Alice in the Country of Hearts cosplay (ACen)
If there’s anything you might be looking for to clothe your BJDs, please feel free to email us.
Greetings everyone! In less than two weeks, Crimson Chimera will be at AnimeCentral in Rosemont, IL. We hope that you’ll come visit us at Table 70 in the Artists Alley.
What we’ll have…
Rikka’s hand-designed wa-loli outfits have been revamped to better fit a variety of both SD and MSD sized dolls. New for this year, we now carry the outfits in YoSD size. Many colors of all will be available for immediate purchase. Also new, we’ve started making sleeveless, more streamlined versions for boy dolls. You can get the fullset with matching bottoms or just the tops or even mix and match colors.
Kijin has been hitting the needles hard and has four different styles of dresses for you to choose from. Some are already pre-made and available for purchase at the table. Custom orders will also be taken at the convention. See below for further information about custom orders.
Knitted Hats and Scarves
They’re back again! Kijin will have all kinds of colors to choose from in SD, MSD and Yo size.
MCalhen Creations Amigurumi
They’re back and as adorable as ever! Stop by the table to snuggle some of these adorable little crochet plushies. There are more than just the tiny, doll-sized octopods to choose from! Cal now has all kinds of critters and new additions in a steampunk design. Pick up a cute little gift for your doll…or take one home for yourself!
Faceups, Mods and Aesthetics
Our studio artist, Sylvyr, will have open faceup/aesthetic slots available at the con. While she does work on ACen staff, she’ll be available in the afternoons on Friday and Saturday for ideas and commission work. Unfortunately, because of the enclosed space of the show, she can’t do any work at-con, but would be more than happy to work on your dolls after. Her portfolio, as well as dolls that she’s worked on, will be at the table as well.
As we always do, custom orders for clothing items will be taken at-con. Come see the portfolio for ideas or bring your designs with you. Any custom commissions for clothing items taken at AnimeCentral will receive free shipping out to you when it’s completed after the show.
Hope to see you there!
Please feel free to reblog and share the word about our table! We love to meet other dolly owners and chat, so come on by. If you have anything you’d like to talk to us about before the con, don’t hesitate to drop a message in the ask box, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
See you soon!
~Rikka, Sylvyr, Kijin and Cal
Things have been staying steadily busy around here as we dive into the chilly spring with all sorts of doll love. Many things have been updated, so I’ll just hit the punch list:
Stay tuned for some more updates coming. We’re only just getting started with the dolly fun!
I was planning to go back to our regular Wednesday schedule now that things are attempting to calm down, but I just couldn’t wait to share some of what’s been going on.
The beginning of the year started out pretty rocky, with my main job pretty much exploding into insanity. It left me with little to no time to sew or blog or do just about anything but come home and be a vegetable. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been finding my footing again. There are lots of exciting things in the work for the studio at large.
Here are the highlights:
The weather’s finally been cooperating to use sealant, so Sylvyr has been at work blushing our Soom/Minifee hybrid, Oisinn. I won’t spoil the surprise, but she’ll be picking up a very special commission next week that we hope to have on display at AnimeCentral. But for now…have you ever seen a cuter rainbow deer?
In the background, you can see one of the current Rikka commissions. I’m still working on the frock coat for Yuki_Cross. (Yes, I know it’s taking forever, but work… *flail*) Luckily, the girl that will receive this has been very understanding to my schedule. There will also be a new WIP log about what I’ve done with it since the last one. For now, here’s a preview of what it’s become.
Also, I’m finally sewing for YoSD size! After a couple of years of turning down folks looking for that size clothing, I finally stomped on my fear of working with something that small, and adopted Chibi. She is now my YoSD-slash-1/6 model. She’s doing a lovely job and was very helpful in creating the first YoSD wa-loli. I plan to make more of these in a variety of colors for AnimeCentral.
In the yarn corner of the world, Kijin has not only been working on her cute little hats, but she’s also been making sweater dresses. Currently for MSD sized, here’s one of the versions that she’s done.
She’s also been working on shawls for all sizes of doll. Here’s an example of the YoSD sized one.
Also, as usual, we will also be featuring MCalhen Creations at our table! For your fix of incredibly cute amigurumi critters, look no further! This year, he’ll have even more to choose from…everything from cuddly squids to steampunk octopii.
And there you have it folks! Thank you so much for being patient in all the craziness! We’re really looking forward to seeing you at ACen!
Doll: PopoDoll Jitian
Model: Valentin ~ Infinitidoll Justin
Clothing: Pants, shirt, frock coat
Continuing onward in the adventures of the frock coat commission, I definitely made some extremely satisfying headway this weekend. The first thing I had to do was cut the shirt to be a little bit bigger. I noticed that what really needed to happen was for the shoulder seam to be longer as well as the front lapels of the shirt. So when I cut it this time, I made the collar curve shorter in the back to give more room in the shoulders and lengthened the fronts. Once it was together and tried on, I made use of the most wonderful trim I think I have ever bought. It was a pre-sewn ruffle that was already folded at the edges where it would attach to a garment so all the seams are clean. I used this for the collar as well as the cuffs. The cuffs are a little tight, but Val has huuuuge hands, and with a little finagling, I was able to get them on without having to fuss with taking his hands off. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that the person with the commission won’t have to either.
The next element to this is the coat. As excited as I am to finally be at this stage, I know that I could have worked on it long before now, but I wanted to make sure the basics of the shirt and pants were completed to the hand-sewing stage. In any case, I took apart the brown test coat so that I could use the pieces to base the actual one off of. Then I started assembling. The sleeves needed to be bigger to go over the shirt. But the front and back pieces are so far looking spiffy. That is a layer of lace on the two side panels, laid over the suede and incorporated as I sewed the seams. I learned a fantastic trick from one of the Gracefaerie patterns that has been a blessing here. After sewing the seams and then pressing them open, I ran a straight stitch down each side to tack down the insides. I can’t tell you how many crappy outfits and cosplays I have done where I didn’t do this step because I didn’t know that it existed. What a difference!
The lining has gone into the sleeves and they have also been tacked. Before I went any further, I put it on the doll to make sure that it would go over the sleeve still, even with the lining in. And they do! *happy dance* My last mission for the night was to put the two sides together and make one whole coat. I am ridiculously pleased. It fits in his shoulders and should be able to work with the 1-2 cm difference in doll sizes for the actual owner. There is plenty of give and oh-so-wonderful flare at the bottom. I’m so glad that this is finally working out.
Til next time!
Doll: PopoDoll Jitian
Model: Valentin ~ Infinitidoll Justin
Clothing: Pants, shirt, frock coat
Back in October, someone from Den of Angels commissioned me to make an outfit similar to the one the Popodoll Jitian was wearing in his company photos. Even though he’s shown wearing that outfit, it’s not available as a full set and there appears to be nowhere on the site that anyone can buy it. This was confirmed by a girl that I met at the St. Louis BJD con last November, who actually had one that I could try the WIP pieces on. Considering that the run was limited to only 50 in the world, this was pretty fortunate.
I don’t intend to completely copy the style. I’m not even sure I’ve got that kind of skill, but I’m working it so that it comes close. Fortunately, the person who commissioned it is an absolute saint because it’s taken me a couple of months just to work up a pattern that was actually functional. Boy, was that frustrating! I really thought that I was going to have to give up on the commission because I just didn’t have the skill. Add to that the stress of the holidays, and it was almost a disaster. But after the first of the year came the breakthrough.
The pictures in this post will be links to the WIP shots posted on Instagram. When I have the chance, I will later upload them from the iPhone, but this will do for now.
The pants, while usually the bane of my doll-sewing existence, were actually the easiest part to come by. The original pattern came from Gracefaerie, but because this was a 68cm boy I’m sewing for, I lengthened them so that they would work for the extra cm of leg I had to account for. This worked out beautifully, since the pattern actually fit him well in the hips. The rise is wonderful when he’s standing, though there might be a tiny bit of rump showing when he’s sitting, but making the rise too long looks ridiculous (I know this oh-so-well), so I had to make the happy medium somewhere.
The shirt is also trial and error. I didn’t have any kinds of patterns for a 65-68cm boy, since I only acquired my first one towards the end of the year. Therefore, I drew a shirt pattern from scratch and mocked up a test run. It seemed to work fine, but when I started to use the actual fabric I’d intended for the shirt, I realized that if it was too small for Valentin, it was going to be too small for the Jitian. The Jitian is about 1-2cm wider in the chest and hips than Val. So, back to the drawing board! The back panel actually works well, but the front panels are too short.
And in the background of that last picture, you’ll see the pieces ready to be cut for the actual jacket. That was where I had the most difficulty, but it finally all came together. I had pieces that were too long, it had to be taken in, then let out. It was a little crazy for awhile going almost completely from scratch. I did follow a human pattern to get the basis for this one. Finally, i had it just the way I needed it to be, and with approval from the customer, the real deal is underway.
I think the part that I’m really looking forward to is glitzing it up. Once the basic structure is together, I’m going to enjoy putting the studs and the jewels and the ruffles and lace on. To make it up for taking so long, we’ve also promised a hat to her, which Sylvyr is going to work on. If you’ve seen the hats she’s already made… here and here, you’ll see why I’m leaving that up to her.
More to come!