Fashion Doll Friday: Flora’s Chemise and Petticoat

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So, I am a little late with this post. I had planned on putting her up last night, as I usually do, but ended up spending more time working on homework then I’d originally planned. After that, I put in some time studying my Latin and crashed early. No paper dolling time really at all. So, I got up early the next morning, finished my Latin homework and then had enough time to prep the images, but not enough time to post. Annoyed more then anything else, I went to Latin, went to work, went to dinner and now, finally, have gotten home.

With a slight delay, I am pleased to introduce Flora, my new Fashion Doll Friday paper doll and yes, her name was chosen because it was alliterative. Don’t judge me for my adoration of alteration. The paper doll is based on wooden dolls of early 1800′s. Her body is the same as that of a manikin doll shown in The Complete Book of Doll Making and Collecting which contains many photographs of antique dolls. The hair style was adapted from a wooden tuck comb doll though without the comb since it would make bonnets difficult.

Her full slip is based on illustrations from Dress and Undress: A History of Women’s Underwear which is considered to be one of the best works on the topic. I agree that it is fantastic, but I wish it had more pictures. All of the paper dolls underwear designs come from this text which was one of the few that discussed the differences between early 1800′s underwear compared to later when the corset returned. To go with her slip, I have included a simple chemise which was drawn from this one in the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. I adore the Fashion Museum site and wax on about that more on my Research Resources page.

That is all I think I need to say about the paper doll. Of course, if you haven’t all ready done so, you may wish to vote in my poll.

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6 Responses to Fashion Doll Friday: Flora’s Chemise and Petticoat

  1. Marie Louise says:

    I really like your new doll and I am looking forward to seeing more of her. I loved all the alternative hairstyles you did for The Lady f the Manor and I was hoping that you would make some for Flora as well?

  2. RLC says:

    I hope to do some additional hair styles for her eventually, Marie Louise, but research into historic hair can be a bit of a challenge. I found one excellent book, so in a few weeks she might have some other hair options.

  3. Marie Louise says:

    Yay!

  4. Rachel says:

    That’s pretty! I can’t wait to color her nightgown! Seafoam green I’m thinking…. I’ll be spreading the word as well.

  5. RLC says:

    Thanks Rachel, I’m sure her chemise/nightgown would look lovely as a seafoam green color. I have been debating drawing her a “real nightgown”, but can’t find any source images for a Regency era woman’s nightgown (men’s nightshirts seem quite common).

  6. Sara says:

    Spiffy, a new doll to colour… whenever I’ll have time/energy to colour… but YAY!

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