Today’s printable paper doll dress is a promenade dress from 1908.
The gown is based on this illustration from an 1908 Macy’s Catalog. Macy’s was founded in about 1858 and had a thriving mail order business. Their catalogs are just a great source of information. I chose to not try to illustrate the stripes on the original dress fabric. I confess I am not too pleased with how the pleating on the skirt turned out. It should look much stiffer than it does, as taffeta is a very stiff fabric.
Oh well, no dress drawing is perfect.
In fact, a big reason I picked the Edwardian period was because I don’t have a lot of experience drawing these styles of dresses. One of the great challenges of this era is to capture the “pigeon breasted” look of the era. Bodices had a great deal of fullness in the front and then came into a narrow waist. This is actually a pretty challenging thing for me to illustrate in paper doll form.
Still, you get better at nothing unless you practice. So, this is me practicing.
While I chose lavender for today’s dress, the black and white version could be any color. The catalog describes this dress as a two-piece jumper model available in blue, red, green, brown or lavender. I think it would be stunning in red, too.
As always, I recommend printing from the PDF versions at the top of the post.
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Hope everyone has a lovely Wednesday and remember: Accessory Thursday tomorrow!
One last little thing, I am trying to decide what to work on this weekend. I’m out of backlog and have a ton of stuff in process, so to help me focus I am asking my readers what they think.
What should Rachel Work on this Weekend?
- Marisole Monday & Friends Fantasy Gowns (16%, 15 Votes)
- Sprites in Wonderland (16%, 15 Votes)
- Little Red Ridinghood inspired Mini-Maidens (16%, 15 Votes)
- Marcus as a Wizard (14%, 13 Votes)
- Ms. Mannequinn Hip-Hop Fashions (8%, 7 Votes)
- B&B Medieval Inspired Fantasy Gowns (6%, 6 Votes)
- Post-Apocalyptic B&B (4%, 4 Votes)
- B&B Steampunk Outfits (2%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 93