Saturday, September 21, 2019

Tillie the Toiler Fashin Parade

Here's a newspaper panel from the Tillie the Toiler  comic.  This one is dated 4-4-1937.  She as a red swimsuit (quite risque for the time) with a yellow hat and a yellow dress with green dot sleeves and skirt.  I don't believe the blue dress will fit her, but is an extra drawing.  Doll and Dress by Miss Wanda Secze Panska followed by the address.  Newspaper has discolored with age.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Boots Paper Doll

Over the summer, sometimes I got stuck at work waiting for a ride.  so while waiting, I began scanning some of my large binders of Newspaper paper doll sheets.  Above is Boots, dated from Sunday, April 19, 1936.  She has 6 lovely outfits in full color.  The text reads" By the way, this's getting to be the time of year when boots will need gobs of sports clothes"  She has a lovely yellow dress with with a collar and buttons, a green top with bow detail paired with a brown skirt, a striped yellow top with red sailor shorts, a purple dress with green bow, and two riding outfits (I think the blue one is for riding.  All are designed as if blowing in the wind, like her blonde hair. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tally cards


Two more tally cards from a vintage scrapbook.  These date around 1933.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Vintage Tally Cards


A while ago I purchased a beat up scrapbook from an antique store.  The scrapbook dated from around 1933.  It was falling apart, so it only cost about $15. I had to have it because it had tons of these lovely deco tally cards inside (and other fun things as well).  I did my best to remove them from the album, so the back of the tally cards are damaged, but the fronts are in pretty good shape.  The first one did not scan the best because of how thick the tassel was.  I will be posting more soon. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Randy's costume Ball fashions

This single page  paper doll is from Katy Keene comic by Bill Woggon.  this one features Randy, a male with blonde hair.  Randy has four outfits and four hats, all costumes including Robin Hood and a prince.  This dates from 1950's.  love the colors.  I'm not the biggest fan of male paper dolls, so I don't have many, but I love costumes.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Marlene Dietrich



Here's another single page newspaper paper doll from the Movie Dressograph series published by the St Louis Dispatch.  This one features the celebrity Marlene Dietrich.  I don't believe I have ever seen another vintage paper doll set of her.  She has 3 outfits, one pair of gloves (to go with the first green dress), two hats, and a yellow collar.The page has discolored with age.  This is dated March 6, 1932.  She is so stylish, i would wear all three of these outfits today! The text reads:

"Marlene Dietrich

A different movie star will make his or her appearance in this space every week.  Accompanying will be three costumes this particular player wore in various roles she has played on screen.
Cut out the player and paste on cardboard.  then cut out the costumes.  Now dress the star in her proper outfits, being careful to assemble each costume correctly.
This week's star is Marlene Dietrich.  The three sets of costumes shown here were own by her in the these roles in the following movies:
Shanghai Lily in "Shanghai Express": X-27 in "Dishonored", and Amy Jolly in Morocco,".

Most of the Dressographs say about the same thing, with only the the last two paragraphs changed  for the name and roles, and the pronouns for the gender.  

Thursday, September 12, 2019

August theme

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almost forgot to post this!  August is long over and it's two weeks into September.  The theme for this month was Royalty.  I designed three dresses with three hairstyles in black and white.  The first dress is inspired by Maid Marian with bell sleeves and a circle metal belt.  The second dress is an empire waist with embroidery detail and puff sleeve detail.  The last is fantasy inspired.  Reposting, something caused an error on the page.

Not sure if the others have posted this months theme

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Traffic Spikes?

So I've noticed that this week twice now, my page views have had random spikes.  Over 300 page views at 4:00PM? And over 1000 on 9/5 at 3:00PM. I'm guessing a bot is hitting the site.  It does unnerve me a little...  No idea why this is happening.  I am pondering switching to WordPress or Wix or something else.  I am learning some web design, so I may be able to make my own webpage.

Will post soon, busy with school.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Outfit a Sophisticate


Outfit a Sophisticate (tm) is a large single sticker sheet paper doll.  This is from the Sandylion company and is labeled as maxi activity stickers.  It is dated on the back by the previous owner as being received in 1984.  The doll is wearing some lacy lingerie and comes with 3 tops, 3 skirts, 2 pairs of shoes, and lots of other accessories including a cute dog named Popcorn.  I believe I got this from the Paper Doll convention freebie table (or maybe I bought it, can't really remember). I believe this one is rather rare.

I've been a bit stressed lately so I may take another short break from the blog to focus on school work.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Little miss movie star at the celebrity celebration

This single page paper doll is from Doll Reader magazine, August/September 1985.  The paper doll was a souvenir for the U.F.D.C Sacramento 1982 convention, which the theme was celebrities.  The black and white paper doll was created by Fabricat Designs and also available as post cards and greeting cards.

Another crazy week. Wish life would settle down just a bit.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sailor Moon Paper Doll

Wow, this has been a CRAZY week!  School has started, but my classes seem manageable.  What a weird and crazy week.  Long story short: there was a job I wanted to get really badly.  One of my coworkers left, and I applied.  However, my boss needed me Mondays, and because of school- I can't work Mondays.  a bit disappointing...  And then, I got an interview for a different job.  Not sure if I'll get it, but just... a lot to juggle.

Anyway, moving on from personal stuff...  The latest OPDAG Paper Doll Studios magazine came out, another great issue, highly recommend! This theme was TV Shows.  I submitted the below design, but it didn't make the issue (possible email glitch) and may be in the next issue.


For the TV theme, I decided to do a Sailor Moon paper doll.  The Sailor Moon anime cartoon was a vital part of my childhood.  I religiously watched this show on TV.  I did use a reference for the base to help match the style of the anime show.  Sailor Moon character was created by Naoko Takeuchi and the show was made by Toei Animation and dubbed by DIC for the American Audience.  The show was on Cartoon Network as part of Toonami, which included other anime favorites.  I drew the main character, Usagi/Serena/Bunny (name changes in dubbed versions!) with her first season Sailor Moon senshi uniform and her summer and winter school uniforms.  

Obvisouly I do not own Sailor Moon.  Here's the image I used as a reference for the doll, found on Pinterest.  I wanted to do more outfits, such as her Princess costume, but just don't have the time and have other projects to work on.  


Sunday, August 25, 2019

magazine paper doll


This paper doll is from a doll magazine, I don't recall which but I believe it is from Doll World Just titled Paper Dolls, this lovely drawn paper doll is by the artist Melanie Byrd and dated 1995.  She has a beautiful wardrobe with 5 dresses, Including a wedding gown.  two of the dresses have matching hats.  Please note, I am starting school again and this blog will be on the back burner for a while.  I may not post very often.  I will have a lot to juggle and will be very busy.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Patty and Peter

This black and white page is from Children's Activities magazine and is dated December 1941.  This page is meant to be colored.  There are two children, Patty and Peter.  Patty has 3 outfits and a hat and peter has 3 outfits and a hat as well.  The text reads

On Christmas morning Patty and Peter ran downstairs in their pajamas to see if Santa has visited them.
Sure enough! There were many toys and new clothes under their beautiful Christmas tree.
They played with their toys for a while.  Then they ran upstairs to get dressed.
Patty put on her pretty red dress.  Peter put on his new green sweater and brown trousers.
After dinner they dressed up in their warm, woolly outdoor clothes and went calling on their friends.
What a happy day they had!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Your Dress and Dolly's

This single sheet paper doll is from Child Life magazine.  The doll has two dresses, one salmon color with black bow and peter pan color and the other a light pink with floral print detail.  she is wearing a green dress with black shoes paired with white socks.  she is holding a pink purse and a small bouquet of flowers.  Her brown hair is short with a flip and a black bow.  The design are from Chiquet and available as patterns to buy at the time.  This is dated June 1930.

The text reads:

Beth is ready for her first party and expects to have a wonderful time! If a pretty frock will help, she will indeed.  It is made of crepe de chine with a high waist, scalloped skirt, and a bateau neck.

But one cannot always be dressed for parties, so for less festive occasions Beth has two other dresses- a flowered crepe with a round yolk which extends in the front and forms a panel and a handkerchief linen with pleats in the front and back for fullness, a round collar and a perky bow, just the thing for joyful romps.  Are your dresses ready for the happy June days?
These patterns will help you if they are not.

then it list the patterns and sizes and years ect.  Patterns were just 20 cents!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Jane Arden's Wardrobe

Here is a newspaper panel from Jane Arden's Wardobe. The paper has discolored and at some point the page had been folded over right on her face!  She has 4 outfits; a blue dress with flower and ribbon, a yellow dress with buttons and pocket along with matching yellow shoes, a white nautical dress with skirt under and a small white hat to match., a white top with mustard pair of pants and matching  hat. Jane is shown in profile with her dark hair in a bun.  This is dated 8-22-1937.  I try to keep track of which ones I've posted but I'm not always sure. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Tillie the Toiler Fashion Parade

This early newspaper panel is from Tillie the Toiler.  The paper has discolored with age.  Note the print is in only black and yellow ink.  The doll has an unusual stand.  She has one long dress and one fur coat w/ plaid skirt along with a hat and scarf.  This is dated January 28 1933.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

This is Dickey Brewster

This single page paper doll is from the children's magazine Wee Wisdom.  This boy is named Dickey Brewster and I'm going to pretend he's related to Punky Brewster from the old tv show.  the page features limited color of black, grey, brown and red.  I have noted that this is from April but no year.  He has 4 outfits, 2 jackets, 3 shirts, and 2 pairs of shorts along with a couple of hats.  lots of mix and match options. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Carol Ann's Mother

This two page centerfold magazine paper doll is from Jack and Jill. Carol Ann's Mother has a lovely long yellow dress, a black textured coat with pink gloves and matching hat , a pink and black stripe apron (or very short skirt!) a pale blue suit with top, skirt, purse and hat with pale yellow accents, and a pink house dress with belt.  I do not have a date on this.  The artist is Elsa Scheuerman.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Collaboration July Ballerina/Dancer




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July is almost over.  Back to school soon!  lots of stuff happening at work.  Busy busy.  It's hot here!  Anyway, this month's theme was Ballerina/Dancer.  i pretty much just stuck with ballerina.  I can't say I've seen many ballets, because I usually fall asleep but I love love love ballerina costumes.  And a few of my favorite movies involve ballerinas (The Red Shoes, Susperia, Black Swan).  As a kid, I loved ballerina paper dolls.  Wait, I still do! 

Included are lots of tutus, including Odette from the Swan Princess.  Three sets of ballet shoes, and three hair styles.

Please note I will be signing all my art as Melissa Pepe now.
 Make sure to check out the other blogs/artist to see what they have designed for this theme

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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

short hiatus

quick break from the blog. will not be posting for a while.  need to rest.  be back soon

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

100 Days finished

Days 95 through 100!  I decided to do two wedding gowns, 1 hairstyle and 1 hat/veil.  2 bouquets, one with gloves.  some lace detail.  project is now over!  It is possible!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Your Dress and Dolly's

A single magazine page from Child Life featuring a beautiful little girl with a flower basket.  she has two dresses, one red with polka dots and one green.  these are based on patterns, the number for the pattern is listed on the tabs and under the doll.  It is dated May 1929.  Some discoloration from age.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nora and Tilly

Here's another Nora and Tilly paper doll. This paper doll sheet is from Woman and Home magazine, but I do not have a date.  It features two girls who are twin sisters and includes a little story.  Each doll has a outfit with a red shirt and green plaid pants and a winter coat.  Matching outfits are too cute!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Nora and Tilly

This paper doll sheet is from Woman and Home magazine, dated April May 1956.  It features two girls who are twin sisters and includes a little story.  Each doll is wearing a night gown and has a night robe/coat.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

100 Days project



Days 87-94 featured here.  Two hair styles, one dresses, two pairs of shoes, one top, one pair of pants, and one purse.  I could not fit as much on this page because of the long hair styles.  This was boho chic inspired, kinda ended up more hippie fashion.  Almost done!  

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

4th of July Paper Doll


I did it. I managed to finish this BEFORE the holiday!  The base is from a pinup found here.  She has 6 stylish red white and blue outfits.  The fonts used are Stars and Stripes, Look of America, and fireworks, all from dafont.com.  She was colored using various pens and markers. (sharpie, prismacolor ect)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Collaboration 2019 June Beachwear

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How is it the end of June!  Above is a very crowded page for this months theme, beachwear.  I did just swimsuits, lots of swimsuits.  10 total!  Also a summer hat, sunglasses and a pair of wedges.  Be sure to check out the other blogs.
(please not mislabel as June.  This was July!)
Please note I will be signing all my art as Melissa Pepe now.
 Make sure to check out the other blogs/artist to see what they have designed for this theme

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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

100 Day Project

Days 77-86 featured here.  Two hair styles, two dresses, two pairs of shoes, two purses, a top and capris.  i tried to squeeze three outfits, but it gets a little crowded.  Almost done with the 100 days!  This is inspired by rockabilly style,

Friday, June 28, 2019

Tillie the Toiler

Newspaper doll dated 2-10-1935 with two outfits and a hat.  Seems to be dual color (blue and red)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Chubby the colossal Cut-up

This single page paper doll features a Katy Keene character named Chubby.  he has 3 outfits, a pair of shoes, and a hat.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

100 Days 66-76



Continuing the 100 days project an Instragram challenge to do something crafty each day.  Instragram @missmissypaperdolls. Other artist art also participating so check out the #100daysofpaperdolls  Here is Day 66-76.  Two hair styles, two tops, two skirts, two pairs of boots, two pairs of gloves, and two purses.  This is inspired by steampunk style,

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Jane's Wardrobe

This is another Jane Arden paper doll from a later date.  This pose was used a lot during this era.  She is dated 3-11-56.  she has one dress.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Jane Arden's Wardobe

This newspaper paper doll features Jane Arden, with four lovely and colorful outfits.  she is in a walking pose, not as common as some others.  she has a white top with blue skirt, a lovely button green dress, a plaid top with white skirt (possibly a dress) and a dress with jacket.  this is dated 4-11-1937.  Even her swimsuit is super cute.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

100 Days

Continuing the 100 days project an Instragram challenge to do something crafty each day.  Instragram @missmissypaperdolls. Other artist art also participating so check out the #100daysofpaperdolls  Here is Day 56 through Day 65.  It's easier for me to just scan when the page is full.  Included are 2 hairstyles, 2 tops, two bottoms, two pairs of shoes, two purses. This is inspired by punk rock style

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Button Art Dress

My first button art craft project.  This is from a crafternoon program at my local library.  I created a cute pink dress.  Nice to try new crafts.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Movie Dressograph Marie Dressler

It's not often you see paper dolls of older women.  Here's another paper doll from the Movie Dressograph series published by the St Louis Dispatch.  Featured in this single page newspaper is Marie Dressler with 3 outfits, two jackets and two hats.  It is dated April 10, 1932.  The paper has aged.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Collaborative Project 2019 May MerMay

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Wow, somehow it's the end of May!  This month's theme was MerMay (mermaids).  Above are three tails and three hair styles.  The first is very plain and simple.  The second is shell bra with pearl accents.  The third is a star fish top with a more sea creature tail and accents.

Please note I will be signing all my art as Melissa Pepe now.
 Make sure to check out the other blogs/artist to see what they have designed for this theme

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

PåLægs chokolade


Here's another paper doll from PåLægs chokolade Danish Spreads chocolate. It features a baby boy and girl (twins?) with outfits taht can fit both dolls. A bed and bath are also on the boxes.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

100 Days

Continuing the 100 days project an Instragram challenge to do something crafty each day.  Instragram @missmissypaperdolls. Other artist art also participating so check out the #100daysofpaperdolls  Here is Day 45 through Day 55.  It's easier for me to just scan when the page is full.  Included are 2 hairstyles, 2 tops, two bottoms, two pairs of shoes, two purses and some gloves.  This is inspired by Pastel Goth style,

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Movie Dressographs Sally Eilers

Here's another newspaper sheet from the Movie Dressograph series featuring the movie star Sally Eilers with four outfits and two hats and extra shoes. From the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Dated March 20 1932.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fashion of February 1848

This single sheet paper doll is in black and white, great for coloring.  I don't know where it came from, the paper is yellowed and think and is signed by the artist, Diane Albland.  I have no more information, she came with a group of paper dolls from various newsletters and catalogs. No date either!  She has two outfits and two hats

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mother Goose Jointed Toy

Another single page jointed paper doll from the Mother Goose Jointed Toy series.  This is Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
a pocket full of rye,
four and twenty blackbirds
baked in a pie.

the full rhyme can easily be found online


Saturday, May 18, 2019

100 Days Project

Continuing the 100 days project an Instragram challenge to do something crafty each day.  Instragram @missmissypaperdolls. Other artist art also participating so check out the #100daysofpaperdolls  Here is Day 37  through Day 45.  It's easier for me to just scan when the page is full.  Included are 2 hairstyles, 2 outfits, 2 purses.  These fashions are inspired by Country Lolita.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother Gooze Toy- Simple Simon

Another jointed paper doll sheet from this series, this features Simple Simon.  The artist is Bess Bruce Cleaveland. I'm not too familiar with this rhyme.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tribute Giraffe with Attendant Painting

I had to do a project for my Art history class. We had a choice of either writing an essay or making a copy of a work of art.  I had to write an essay for another class, so I chose to recreate an artwork.  I chose the painting titled "Tribute Giraffe with Attendant" which used to be attributed to Shen Du from 1414.  You can see it on wikipeida link here link

The painting is on fabric, but not silk because of the cost and the availability.  The pictures are cut off, it was a little too large for my scanner and too hard to photograph.
1st attempt

2nd attempt