The Victorian Inspired Ballgown for Marisole Monday & Friend’s Printable Paper Dolls

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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: A fashion plate I totally can’t find now
A printable paper doll ball gown inspired by the Victorian era. Free to print in color or black and white.

A printable paper doll ball gown coloring page inspired by the Victorian era. Free to print from

So, this is like research rule 1: Write Down Your Sources.

And normally, I am super diligent about recording everything I use in Pinterest, so I can find it again when it comes time to write one of these fascinating blog posts.

This time though? So much of the not so much. I have a distinct recollection of look at a fashion plate which I think was late 1860s (because that’s when waists when up and skirts got all conical), but now for the life of me I can’t find the plate that was my inspiration.

Clearly, I am a bad librarian.

Needless to say, I hope I can distract y’all from my poor research habits by pointing out: Hey, there’s a pretty ballgown over there.

The truth is that I never meant for this to be a historical piece. It was part of a series of dresses in this silhouette that I designed back when I was doing the same theme for a whole week. I ended up just coloring two of them and you’ll see this one today and next Friday there will be a matching winter walking costume.

While the dress was inspired by a fashion plate from the late 1860s (I think), it looks much more 1820s to me, since I narrowed the skirt quite a bit.

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  1. (Don’t hate me) This reminds me of Anna from Frozen.

    Sources are great, and I try to track mine, too, but sometimes a thing is just pretty. This is pretty 🙂

  2. i can see this being inspired by a late ’60s gown (add a few drapes an you’re there!).

    i admit this made me think of frozen too. probably because of the gloves and the fact that it’s blue. and i also have the imagination of a slug sometimes.

    still love it, though! : D

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