Marisole Monday & Friends: Marisole In 1968


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: 1968 Pattern Covers, Jumpers and Harvest Colors

A free printable African-American paper doll with hair and a dress from 1968 from paperthinpersonas.com.

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I created today’s printable African-American paper doll from the Marisole Monday & Friend’s series after I was inspired by this amazing vintage pattern cover from 1968 that I found on Pinterest. Brown skinned models don’t show up on pattern covers from the big name companies until the 1970s, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t brown skinned girls wearing and making the fashions.

The omission of diversity in historical fashion related documents is the result of the institutionalized racism of the time, but doesn’t indicate a lack of the presence of people of color in fashionable dress.

And now that I have finished my Primary Source Literacy explanation for the day (a danger of being a Special Collections Librarian), we can get back to the paper doll.

My only big frustration with today’s doll is her hair. I tried to get that 1960’s bouffant sorta look with her flip and I just don’t think I quite got it right. People say the 1980s were a time for big hair, but I think that is because they haven’t seen the 1960s. Teasing and hairspray were big things.

I love Pinterest for collecting paper doll inspiration and I have a whole 1960s fashion board, but things there often lack contextual information, so I tend to be pretty critical of what I use.

I know I have readers who were alive in the 1960s, so let me know how I did with today’s paper doll. Did I do justice to that decade? It was, I have to say, a bit before my time.

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8 Responses to Marisole Monday & Friends: Marisole In 1968

  1. Julie says:

    I love her hair! It’s just right, in my opinion. The outfit and shoe choices are perfect, too. And the color is very appropriate! Love this set.

  2. Cisco says:

    This is a great addition to the Marisole Monday series. I’m happy to say that I was born in 1969, and have always liked the 1960’s decade of fashion. Fashion back then took a major transition throughout that ten year span. Also, you captured the hairstyle really well.

  3. Donna says:

    Being born on 1961, I can actually remember this year – you nailed it!

  4. Kiersten says:

    love this. Just one problem when I click to download the black and white pdf it brings up the colored one.:)

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