Monday, February 11, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day card

 Above is a 3 page Valentine's Day card I designed.  I used the same base as my Christmas doll here,  The fashion doll is based on Mattel's Barbie and most all of her outfits are inspired by Valentine's Barbie dolls.  I made more mix and match options for her.  The cover says "Happy Valentine's Day" and then "A Paper Doll Just For You".  The doll has some accessories on the cover such as hats, and Valentine's gifts. The back cover has four dresses, a purse, and a bouquet of flowers.  The next page features 3 dresses, a purse, and three shoes followed by 1 dress, 2 tops, a skirt and some shoes along with more Valentine's accessories.  The inspired page features 3 tops and four skirts, 1 more dress, another pair of shoes and one last purse.  The inside says "You're Always Fashionable  Be My Valentine!"  This would be folded in half and  stapled together to make a card.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Richard Arlen Movie Dressograph

Above is a newspaper page from the St. Louis Post Dispatch featuring the movie actor Richard Arlen along with 1 suit, 4 tops and two pants and 2 hats from his movies.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Your Dress And Dolly's

This single page paper doll is from Child Life magazine and is dated January 1930.  The doll has a doll of her own, along with dresses for her and her doll. It includes pattern numbers for the outfits shown.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

cuarto amiguitas en vacaciones

This single sheet paper doll called Recortables Bruguera possibly from 1959 by possibly an artis Bombon,  the title cuarto amiguitas en vacaciones translates to roughly four little children on vacation.  The set includes four cut out dolls with about two outfits per doll and some hats. These are most likey from Spain or Mexico.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Kellogg's Krumbles was a cereal that no longer exist (as far as I know).  This is from the back of the box and features two cut out figures with traditional outfits from Spain.  The boy has 1 outfit with a hat.  The girl has two outfits. It says "This country is our next door neighbor to the South.  The Mexicans have many colorful and graceful native dances."  This Box seems to be in full color.  These are from around the 1940s.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Nora and Tilly Our Cut-Out Dolls

This paper doll sheet is from Woman and Home magazine, dated August 1956.  It features two girls who are twin sisters (I believe) and includes a little story.  Each doll has one floral print dress with some wild flower bouquets.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lucille Makes Her Garden

This newspaper panel is from the artist Laura Brock features a doll named Lucile along with one dress and hat.  I believe this is from the Seattle Star newspaper.  This is dated 4-23 but does not state a year, sometime in the early 1930s.  The newspaper has yellowed with age. 

Collaborative Project 2019

How exciting, the first month of a new Paper Doll Collaborative Project! The doll base was drawn by Rachel Cohen of Paper Thin Personas and modified by me, Melissa Smith.  The first month's theme was something I chose, Trends of 2019.  In other words, things we predict will be trendy this year.  I don't keep up with fashion much, but I thought it might be fun topic of exploration.  The first outfit includes asymmetrical cut-outs, something I noticed late December in tops, and palazzo pants, something I never wear because I'm short.  Finishing the outfit are kitten heels.  The second outfit includes two trends I've noticed in tops, ruffled sleeves and crop tops.  Why not a combo of both for the new year?  And the pants are a dream, I want pockets to come back in style, lots of pockets like painter pants. I'm tired of pants without pockets! I paired them with some ankle boots (always trendy) Lastly is a trend featuring feathers, actually based on this top here, along with some skinny jean legging type pants.  Finished off with strapy heels.  For the hairstyles I went with classic styles that are always coming and going, such as a bob (with fringe earrings), naturally curly hair, and the short Mia Farrow type cut (accented with feather earrings). 

 Make sure to check out the other blogs/artist participating and see what great outfits and trends they have drawn!

Paper Doll School here
Paper Thin Persona here
Pop Culture Paper Dolls  here
Cory Jensen here

Sunday, January 27, 2019

PåLægs chokolade

Here's another paper doll from PåLægs chokolade Danish Spreads chocolate. These boxes feature a woman along with a woman and man (farmers). The woman has a top and skirt and a dress. The man has 2 shirts. Lots of accessories. Unlike the previous posted boxes, this is a series of three boxes instead of just two. Title Pa bondergarden translate to On the farm (according to google)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Tillie the Toiler

This newspaper page of Tillie the Toiler features 2 costumes including a Chinese inspired outfit with matching hat.  this is dated 7-8 1934.  classes started and I will be busy this semester for sure.  Next week i will be posting the first collaboration project of this year so keep an eye out for that.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

tammy's trousseau

Here's a page title Tammy's Trousseaufrom the vintage Katy Keene comics by Bill Woggan.  I don't have a date on this.  Lovely side pose you don't see too often.  She has 7 lovely outfits.

Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 Goals

Wow, this month is almost over!  What happened! Some of my goals for this year are
1. Sell some stuff.  I really don't need multiple copies of things. And some sets I have cut then bought uncut ect.  Things that came in lots I just don't need to keep.
2. Organize!  Things are a bit everywhere.  The whole house needs some TLC.
3. Get MARRIED!  I swear, this year is it!  Planning on March.  Done nothing. (I have a dress... bought it two years ago, lol)  Been together 15 years this March
4. Finish unfinished projects or post them as is.  I have quite a few things I never quite finished and put aside.  I plan on fleshing these out and getting them DONE!
5. Stop snacking and lose some weight.
6. Scan more things.  Post more things.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jane Arden's Wardrobe

Here's a paper doll of Jane Arden along with what I assume is a boyfriend, since they are holding hands.  His name is Prince Rupert and he is wearing a very stylish brown suit and comes with an extra light brown/tan jacket and hat.  Jane has a fuzzy black coat with matching hat.  This is dated 1-18-1942.  From a newspaper, discolored from age. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Muny Opera Dressographs Hannah Toback

Here's another newspaper sheet from the Muny Opera Dressograph series published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  This one is of Hannah Toback and features 3 outfits along with hats.  It is dated July 23, 1933.  School starts next week and I have a pretty packed schedule, so expect less blog activity.  Dealing with issues regarding financial aid too :<.  Also start back up on working two jobs, so I'll be busy.  

Friday, January 11, 2019


This week went by quickly!  I've been busy at home cleaning up after the holidays.  Getting ready to go back to school soon.  Above is a newspaper doll named Marge.  This paper doll has two gowns and two hats.  It's black and white but aged over the years.  The artist is Laura Brock. It is dated 3-25-1934.  This is from the LA Times Syndicate newspaper

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Kellogg's Krumbles Portugal

Kellogg's Krumbles was a cereal that no longer exist (as far as I know).  This is from the back of the box and features two cut out figures with traditional outfits from Portugal.  The boy has 1 outfit with a hat.  The girl has three outfits. It says "Portugal is the land of wine and olives. Its children have appealing beauty. Their costumes flash with many attractive colors."  This one seems to be in full color.  These are from around the 1940s

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Spring Gardening

This paper doll from Jack and Jill magazine includes a boy and a girl with 1 outfit each along with a flower garden with cut out flowers.  This one is from March 1966.  by Roberta Fairall but drawn by Audrey Walters

Friday, January 4, 2019

Jane's Wardobe

This later Jane Arden paper doll from a newspaper.  She has 1 doll with 1 outfit, a black dress with pinkish/reddish accents by Glen Huser from Alberta.  This is dated 1-19-1957.

other Jane's Wardrobe with similar pose  here

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Unfinished Project: Mom

This project started out as a mother's day paper doll.  The idea was to make a base with changeable heads inspired by vintage housewives.  The outfits were going to be days of the week (baking, mending, washing, ect) but I never finished the project.  I thought it relied too much on tracing and decided not to finish it.  Here's the base and heads I did finished, (planned on seven) followed by the references I used (all from pinterest)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

I was hoping to post this yesterday but I finished it last night. (no color again...!)  The idea was to make dresses/outfits inspired by cocktails.  So here's three, the top is champagne, the one under it is martini and the one on the bottom is red wine.  Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!