Paper Doll Dress From the Late 1920s With Two Hats

A paper doll dress from 1929 with two different cloche style hats.

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Since I am a librarian, I would be neglectful if I didn’t start out with some sources. Today’s 1929 paper doll dress is based on the design on a sewing pattern from McCall. Specifically, McCall 1517 and it’s very much the end of the 1920s. The skirt lenght is a short as it would get, right below the knee, before it drops in the 1930s to mid-calf. The long narrow neckline with collar detail would have been elongating and flattering.

The feathered hat comes from Liberty of London in 1928 and was based on this one held at the V&A Museum. It’s one of my all time favorite 1920s hats. Her other cloche was inspired by several different hats including this one and this one.

I find hats and purses are a bit harder to research than dresses and shoes. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think fewer of them seem to have survived. Plus, there’s always the question of how to decide what sort of hat goes with what sort of dress. It’s something I probably fret more about than is entirely needed given my medium is paper dolls and I’m not in charge of some sort of exhibit on the topic.

This is the last 1920s dress for a while. I have one more, but it is not entirely finished yet. I don’t think it’ll be done for Monday. Meanwhile, you can print out 1920s Akiko and her other dress to keep you occupied with 1920s styles.

Come back Wednesday for something for the B Pose ladies from the 1930s. I’m trying to decide which decade I could tackle next. I’ve done 1920s, 1930s and 1940s at this point. I am currently divided between the 1950s and the 1960s. Thoughts? Let me know in a comment which one I should do next.

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  1. I vote for 60s, since I was a teen then and actually noticed adult clothes. LOL! I remember 50s kids clothes, but only remember some of my Mom’s dresses because she made them and they were matching with my sisters and I. Don’t really remember the ‘store-bought’ ones much. 🙂

  2. I like the soft colours of this set. It is rather romantic with the flowers and frills.
    The hat with feathers is fun but I don’t think the style of the line art shows their softness that well. But drawing them differently would probably make them clash with the other pieces.
    I think I would be more interested in seeing sixties clothing.

  3. I confess I am leaning towards the 1960s, but will also be doing the 1950s as well. I also want to do some more further back options like Tudor or 14th century.

  4. I vote for 60’s. The late part of the decade is very different from the 1940s and will be something entirely new. Plus, I’m a sucker for all the a-lines and beehives.

    In other stuff, I second your tudor or 14th century wish list, and would like to add mid to late -1800s. Because I’m also a sucker for Victorian fashions.

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