Project 1: Organising my stuff
I have finally come to a point when I couldn’t see what fabrics and laces etc I have for my sewing project. So I made the painful decision to reorganise my stuff knowing it will take me a lot of time and efforts. I searched the internet for ideas, went out to buy the necessary boards and clear boxes and collected rolls for reuse etc. Today, I’m happy to declare my cupboard is now neat and clear. Hopefully, this will last. (^_^)
Good thing I have decided to reorganise my stuff. Didn’t realise I have so much sewing materials and some are duplicates too. (- __- ;;)
Project 2: New coat for my SD17 sized boys
I quite like the jackets of Ciel in the Black Butler manga. So I thought maybe I can try to make one for the boys. Because I thought of making it for my Mikado and Tetsu, I modified it a bit, replacing the ribbons with belt etc. Something like this?
Pardon my feeble attempt to sketch a manga boy… (*＾〜＾*)
Still working on it. Struggled a bit with the pockets….and I need to buy the buttons and a belt buckle….
This follows from my previous post on the cheongsam I have made for my girls. This post will feature Kagura, my DD.
Since DD is a ball-jointed doll or BJD designed in anime style, I have given her cheongsam some design elements usually found in anime/manga: super mini skirt, fitting outfit and frills. Here she is.
I have picked a bright yellow fabric, an auspicious colour to wear for Lunar New Year and a dull orange binding for contrast. To get a better measurement for the paper pattern, I followed the pattern drafting instructions in Dollybird vol 15. There are plenty of photos so it’s still easy to follow even though my Japanese is limited. Kagura was very patient too standing there wrapped up in layers of plastic wrap while I pinned paper onto her body.
After getting the paper pattern from this method, I proceeded to make a prototype and adjusted the paper pattern further. Finally, this is the outcome:
I would say I’m very pleased with the fit of the bodice (Kagura is using her M bust here) and the collar turned out quite well. But I have to make adjustments to the front darts and the hip fitting. DD has a tiny waist compared to her bust and hip. So I need to consider how to adjust it so that the bodice fit will flow smoothly down to the waist and to the hip. Currently for this piece, there are two creases on the sides of the waist. It is more obvious in this photo.
For the Chinese knotted button used in cheongsam, I doubt I would be able to find any small ones which can fit into a DD dress. Already it’s so difficult to find beautiful ones nowadays. Mum used to make the buttons for the Chinese blouse she sewed for granny but since granny’s demise, she has forgotten how to make the buttons…but I have digressed… (*^^*)
So I crocheted some small flower design using an orange yarn and sewed it on with golden bead and Viola!
Throw in a pair of thigh socks with lace and fur and roses on the hair, now doesn’t she look like one of the kawaii girls in the anime?
In black and white:
After a looong wait, I finally have the Migawari Hakushaku no Bouken [身代わり伯爵] Vol.4 in my hands….and so, Mireille’s adventure continues…
The volume begins with Richard and Mireille checking up the palace’s map at the national library in preparation for the Bravery Test party organised for Princess Sephira.
Next scene saw them back at the palace. Mireille was waiting upon Princess Sephira with Ken when Rudy (? ルーディ, actual name is ルドルフ・ルディアス), the witch of Confield (? コンフィールド) and Sephira’s senior in magic, walked in. Mireille was awestruck by Rudy’s well-endowed bosom.
Since Sephira requested for some time to talk to Rudy, Mireille left Ken in attendance and went back to the White Lily salon alone. There she found Prince Wilfred (ヴィルフリート) waiting for her. He demanded to have a piece of her bread which she gladly gave. Wilfred eagerly took a bite while the cavalier guards held their breath. Then he complimented Fred/Mireille on his skill (note: he sees Fred as his competitor in playing tricks on others) and barely could make it out of the salon.
Pleased, Mireille planned to deliver her bread to the rest of the royal family. The cavalier guards were dismayed. But Richard saved the day by soliciting Mireille’s promise to henceforth bake only for him. And thus, he earned the men’s utter gratitude and Mireille’s blushes.
Later, Mireille and Richard were back to the preparation when their conversation turned to Rudy. Mireille wondered if Rudy was Jack’s mistress and maybe Richard might prefer Rudy, that is women equipped with generous bosom. Richard assured her that both Jack and he have no such liking. Disbelieving him, she stated dejectedly how she wished her chest was not so flat. Richard assured her that her situation would improve given time. Thus assured, they continued their work.
The next morning, Mireille woke up with the shock of her life. She found herself sleeping beside Richard on the same bed in the dormitory. And beside Richard, Rudy in her under-dress. Mireille with her imagination running wild, was convinced that Richard indeed preferred buxom women and he and Rudy had a wild night with her sleeping beside. Rudy fueled her feelings by clinging onto Richard and asking Fred/Mireille if his sister has found the bosom enhancement medicine effective. Meantime, the guards and Jack came running to see what the commotion was about. Richard apparently is not the sort of person who could wake up alert. He was totally unable to register what was happening around him. Thus, humiliated by Rudy and upset with Richard, Mireille declared that she shall not speak to Richard again and stomped off.
Finally, the day of the Bravery Test party has arrived. Shortly after the party had begun, they encountered some assassins. While Ken fought off the assassins, Mireille sought to deliver Sephira to safety. But they fell through a secret door and landed in the underground maze. There the Marquis was waiting to force Sephira to marry him. In the midst of sword fighting, Richard came to the rescue. After some tough fighting, Mireille chanced upon Richard’s expression just before he struck down the enemy. Mireille was petrified by the look on his face. Hurt, Richard gave her into the care of Ken and the guards and left.
With evil out of the way, the day of the ceremony proceeded well. Everyone was enjoying the party except for Mireille. She was remorseful for having hurt Richard’s feeling. Suddenly, Fred appeared and he created an opportunity for them to talk it out in a romantic setting in the garden. Things were going quite well and then Rudy appeared.
The jealous Rudy started to taunt Mireille about her flat chest and that Richard would not be satisfied by her figure. Seeing Mireille’s dejection, Richard hastily explained that Rudy was in fact a man! After recovering from this shocking news, the feeling she was deceived plus the humiliation that even a man could have a bigger bust than her, Mireille started to dish out names at Rudy who without hesitation, returned the “compliments”. Mireille’s father contributed to the argument by insisting that Richard was trying to con his daughter. And thus, with lots of shouting and name calling, the episode came to a noisy end.
Fred is gone again. This time he is away on a tour to nurse his broken heart, or so Mireille is informed. She is once again summoned back to the court by the crown prince to impersonate Fred. The reason is Fred’s fiancee, Princess Serphia (? シルフレイア) from the neighbouring country, is here awaiting the ceremony whereby she will receive a duchy from the king. Apparently, Fred’s engagement to Princess Serphia is a decoy to the suitors who are clamouring for her hand in marriage in order to lay their hands on her power and wealth.
Mireille’s responsibility is to entertain and protect Princess Serphia as Fred till he comes back. According to the report given to Mireille by Jake, Princess Serphia seems to be good in fortune telling and she can return a curse five-fold the strength. She likes to visit haunted places and read books on ghosts and spirits. Thus, Mireille is tasked to plan a night visit to a haunted palace for the princess as a welcome gift. This is indeed a challenge for Mireille since she is afraid of ghosts.
Meantime, news of Fred’s engagement spreads fast and wide. Soon, Fred/Mireille receives an invitation from the White Rose Ladies Club to attend a tea and explain Fred’s engagement to his fans. Mireille naively accepts the invitation. When she arrives there, things go out of control very fast and her clothes are almost ripped off by the ladies.
Richard managed to rescue her and they hide in a dark corner in the dorm.
As they share their thoughts, they almost kiss when Mireille’s father barges in. He is very tempted to kill Richard especially when Mireille rattles off some lame excuses on why they are hiding in the dark room.
After the night trip to the haunted palace with the princess, the volume ends with Jake instructing Richard to investigate the relationship between Ken, the vice captain of White Lily Knights and Princess Serphia as they seem to get on very well. In fact, too well for his liking.
|Cover of vol.2|
Recently started following another new manga: Migawari Hakushaku no Bouken [身代わり伯爵の冒険]. It is based on the light novel by Seike Mimori [清家未森] and the manga artist is Shibata Isuzu [柴田五十铃].
The story concept is quite simple: the adventures of the daughter of a bakery shop owner impersonating as her twin brother for some reasons. The catch is her brother is the Count of Bernhardt and the captain of the White Lily Knights.
The heroine, Mireille, is a lively and quick tempered girl. In the first chapter, she jumps to the conclusion that Richard, to his exasperation, is selling her to the brothel. On certain matters, she can be quite clueless. For instance, she believes she is a genius in running business and aims to make their bakery into the number one in the country. In reality, her father fainted after taking just a bite of her bread.
|Mireille thinking Richard is selling her to the brothel|
|The father fainted after taking a bite|
Her twin brother, Fred, is a charming and popular figure in court. He has groups of followers; the most powerful is the White Rose Ladies Club. He loves to tease Mireille on her flat chest and how she “disgraces” the beautiful face they share. Perhaps this is to hide the fact that he loves her very much?
|White Rose Ladies Club|