Ms. Mannequin: As A Paper Doll Viking!


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations:  Vikings… Yeah, That’s About it

Historical viking clothing for the Ms. Mannequin paper doll series with shoes and stockings. Free to print in color or black and white.

I think it was last year that I did a ton of research on Viking clothing and even wrote up a lot of what I found on this article. Later, my Viking B&B paper doll went a bit viral on Facebook which I had to have other people tell me about, because I don’t have a Facebook page. On occasion, I do think about making one for the blog. Is that something people would like?

Anyway, I took a long look at my goals for 2016 that my patrons helped me come up with. Doing more historical clothing was a part of those goals, so I have decided to dabble in viking clothing once more. It is hard to assess those goals, because I wrote them when I was still posting paper doll sets and I am not doing that anymore. Still, not posting sets has really opened up the options for doing just one of something which is why I have drawn (though not yet posted) my first 17th century piece ever.

Back to the paper doll dress, this is a Viking clothing from around the 10th century. So, she is wearing a shirt, or serk, under an apron-dress, or smokkr. Serk fragments have been found both pleated and unpleated. I chose an unpleated version. She also wears an apron over her apron-dress. In my outline of Viking clothing, I mentioned that Ewing, in his book Viking Clothing published in 2006, discusses a theory that sometimes one apron-dress was worn over another apron-dress. I have illustrated that style today.

I will openly confess that the Ms Mannequin paper dolls have a very modern pose, so drawing historical clothing for them for the first time was a little surreal. I might stick to vintage looks from this century in the future for them.

So, what do you think about today’s foray into Viking dress? Do the Ms. Mannequin dolls need more historical clothing? Let me know what you think.

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4 Responses to Ms. Mannequin: As A Paper Doll Viking!

  1. Kate says:

    I love your Norsemen and women! This is lovely and it’s printing and now I want to read that book. Thank you for the recommendation. 🙂 I love your vintage clothes on all of the dolls, so Ms. Mannequin is no exception and now I’m all excited to see your 17th-century piece! Excitement everywhere!

  2. boots says:

    it’s interesting how posture has its own history. without the proper silhouette, even well-made historical garments can look “wrong”, indeed!

    that said, i think this is great and i love the shoes and stockings especially!

    i will find your resources, by the way, i have just been super lazy about digging stuff up. i apologize!

    • RLC says:

      It’s okay. Take your time. I just didn’t want you to forget, because I know you know WAY more about Victorian men’s clothing than I do and I want to make sure I get good stuff. I’ve bought some pretty bad books in the past, because I didn’t ask around first. 🙂

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