Because my sister loves Hiyama Kiyoteru SO MUCH and that it might take forever before there's an official doll/plushie/other similar merchandise, I thought it would fun to make an amigurumi of him. :D I haven't seriously ever made amigurumi except this rectangular cat plushie that JM and I gave a friend's baby. Anyway, my sister bought flesh-toned thread this weekend and so I got started on Saturday night and I just finished a while ago.
My inspiration was the song Megane. *lol* But of course. That is part of his appeal. I played the song over and over so that I could really motivate myself to make his amigurumi. I looked at these tutorials for inspiration and instructions:
I like the proportions of this doll. But I mainly got the idea on how to make the doll from this one. Especially the head. I followed the instructions on how to make the head. But because the doll I am making has removable clothes, I just got the main idea from here as well as other general resources on amigurumi making.
Geisha-Neko's guide on making removable clothes for amigurumi:
There are guides on how to make Geisha-Neko's DA account. One is for making a removable shirt for amigurumi. The other is for removable pants for amigurumi. Kiyoteru has a shirt and a coat so it's like you're making the removable shirt twice. Except that in my case, I made the snap at the back of the white shirt instead of in front. It's because I think it would look cleaner this way.
At least there's a relatively simple guide out there. It's just that I have no small rectangular shaped thing at home to use as a mold for his glasses.
My sister seems happy to have this doll :) She even made the headphones from the Magnet video already. She's that much of a fangirl ;) As for me, I could say that amigurumi is fun to make but quite tedious. It's very fussy because of the details you have to put and the different parts that you have to make. I guess I shouldn't have made the clothes removable so that I wouldn't have found it too tedious. As for the hair, there are many ways to put hair on the doll but my sister thought that using felt is the better option. Because she loves this character more than I do, I made her do the hair so that she could get it right and according to her liking. This doll is a labor of love.
You're probably wondering about the pants, they are removable but removing his pants seems to fanservice-y so no pictures of that. :p In any case, I made his legs with shoes at the tip so that I don't have to worry about removable shoes always getting lost because they're too small.
So I'm probably going to make amigurumi again soon. Maybe Vocaloid Megurine Luka the next time. :D But will she have removable clothes? I am not yet sure. It depends if I feel lazy or not.
(Note: All pictures here are hosted on my flickr account. If you'd like to view their corresponding flickr pages, just click each of them.)