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