Marisole Monday: Boldly Going…


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Blame my mother.

This is all her fault.

She is the reason I love Star Trek and part of the reason I love paper dolls. When I was a child, I was allowed to stay up half an hour later with her to finish watching Star Trek: The Next Generation if my teeth were brushed and I was in my nightgown. When I was in middle school, I started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Recently, I have begun to watch the original series on DVD from the library. In short, I am a bit of a Trekkie- though I like to think a fairly harmless one.

I am sure true die-hard Trekkies could tell me everything that I got wrong on these paper dolls, but I can’t really be bothered to care. I will say this though- finding a decent reference photograph for the shoes worn by those characters was a pain in the behind and I’m still not sure I got them right. Oh well, you win some and you lose some. Feet are not often shown in television episodes.

I heard somewhere (trustworthy source that) that there was a rule in Star Trek that you weren’t supposed to show any fasteners. I don’t really get why. I mean, lacing up clothing has been done for centuries, not to mention buttons. I figure people would hard pressed to invent a better system, but I suppose it does subtly convey the sense of “futuristic” in an interesting way.


  1. Sweet! Thanks Rachel’s Mom!

    All the modern series had a thing for there being no boots visible. The pant leg would go down smoothly into the shoe. I remember seeing a TV guide with Jadzia Dax and 7 of 9 in a fold out, full body shot. On both their costumes the pant leg was seamless with the shoe. The same went for TNG. TOS had boots though; sexy, sexy go-go boots. I love TOS =)

    1. Yes, eventually I found a photo of someone crouching and I realized the pants were actually split up the front to accommodate the shoes. Total pain in the behind, but at least I got to put my library degree to work doing research. 🙂

  2. Is it my imagination, or is the red haired doll’s head tilted in the opposite direction from all the other Marisol dolls?

  3. It is not your imagination, Twizzler. The redheaded “Bajoran” paper doll has her head turned the other direction from the rest of the Marisole dolls so that she could show off the Bajoran earring which otherwise wouldn’t be visible. This trick was pulled off through the power of photoshop. I’m not totally pleased with how it looks, so I doubt I’ll do it again, but yes- she is facing the other way from the rest of the Marisole dolls.

  4. I’ve just been re-watching The Next Generation on Netflix, and you can often see where the invisible zippers split the fronts of their jumpsuits…so much for no fasteners…

    1. Yes, I confess to also having a love of Star Trek and, obviously, of paper dolls. 🙂 I’ve been thinking of doing and Alien Races sequel with a Klingon and a Cardassian.

  5. I know this is an older post, but…YES! So much yes. Did the Alien Races sequel with a Klingon and a Cardassian ever come to fruition? RLC are you familiar with the TV show Firefly? If not & you have streaming Netflix, I suggest you check it out. It is chock full of fun outfits for female & male paper dolls and it’s a really good show.

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