Normally, the last Friday in the month is my paper doll collab day, but because of “life” we all agreed to move the usual sharing of the collaborative paper doll project to Monday. So, be sure to tune back, so to speak, for that. Today, instead, there is a new addition to the Fantasy Maiden Series.
As some of you may recall, I introduced this series back on the 6th of July.
Today’s addition to the Fantasy Maiden Series is a more formal down than my last one. I think perhaps something meant for an event or maybe a banquet. I also imagine it as being made of velvet and silk, but, of course, you may decide yourself what fabrics are in use.
I didn’t want to draw yet another sword/dagger (which is my default medieval accessory), so instead I drew a book of music and a flute. I’m not very musical myself, but I like to think my paper dolls have all sorts of talents that I don’t possess.
One of my personal challenges with this color scheme was not to use any black at all. Instead, I used a deep navy to accent the other shades which I think gives a sort of seaside or mist filled morning feel to the gown.
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.
As promised, today I have a 1920s dress to accompany poor Akiko from last week who needed something to wear over her slip and girdle. Today’s 1920s paper doll dress and hats are from Montgomery Ward Fashions of the Twenties edited by JoAnne Olian. The book is a selection of the 1927 Montgomery Ward catalog. I wouldn’t recommend it as anyone’s only 1920s book, because it only covers one year. However, 1927 is a good year to choose, because the later 1920s are what most people picture when they imagine 1920s styles.
Also, the late 1920s are my preferred part of the decade as well.
I really wanted the hats to coordinate with the 1920s paper doll dress. And if you hop back to Akiko from last week, you’ll see one pair of her shoes match the colors in this dress as well.
Part of why I chose this dress to draw is that I liked it, but also because it has so many elements that are typical of the late 1920s. There’s asymmetrical design elements- the neckline and the bows. The line down the side of the body would be flattering on body.
And given how hard the dropped waist look of this era was to wear, you need any help you can get.
I also really like the pleated skirt. Pleated skirts were pretty popular. I think, because they provide some movement in a silhouette that can feel a bit like you’re wearing a sack otherwise. I’ve always wanted a pleated skirt, but I haven’t found the right one yet.
I love 1920s fashion. I love the shapes of the dresses, the hats and the shoes. Seriously, I would wear most late 1920s shoes today if I thought I could get away with it. I love the the hair, the art and the literature. I also realize that I would look awful in 1920s dresses. I have curves and this was the era of no curves.
But that’s what paper dolls are for though, isn’t it?
So, for every Monday for the rest of July there will be a 1920s era paper doll or dress (okay, so one paper doll- this one and then dresses).
Akiko is the model for the 1920s underwear. Her hair is based on the hair cut often sported by Anna May Wong, a Chinese American film actress in the 1920s. She was also considered a major style icon, so borrowing her hair style seemed only fitting.
Her undergarments are not entirely accurate. I based her slip on this brassier from The Met without realizing that the cut of the top was not very accurate for a slip. Slips of the era were mostly straight across like this one from the V&A. Anyway, her girdle is based on designs from the early 1920s from my various reference books on the subject.
That’s a lot of shoes, but we all know how much I love shoes. If you want to see more 1920s shoes, underwear and dresses than I would recommend hopping over to my 1920s Pinterest board where those things live. If you think you’d like some more 1920s paper dolls than I’ve got quite a few in my 1920s category.
So, tune in next Monday for the first dress for the A Pose Dames from the 1920s. And if you would like to support the blog, then donate through Patreon. It’s always appreciated.
Some of you who’ve been reading the blog for a while may recall that I’ve done series around specific themes a few times. There was my 1920s Children’s Wardrobe collection and the Fairy Tale and Nursery Rhyme series for the Poppets which I drew for last year. This year, I’ve decided to do a new collection around fantasy medieval princess-ish gowns for the A Pose dames paper dolls and today’s is the first medieval princess gown in the collection. I’ve creatively titled the series- Fantasy Maiden Series. Inspired, I know. 🙂
I’m retroactively adding the first medieval fantasy gown I drew to the collection. I probably should draw some crowns if I want to consider this a medieval princess gown rather than just a medieval fantasy gown. I always forget to draw my princesses crowns. I should get on that. Maybe for another set.
Today’s gown was inspired the allique designs I often draw on tunics when I’m drawing fantasy men’s clothing- examples include this paper doll set, this paper doll set or this paper doll set. The color scheme was born out of a desire to steer clear of the primary colors I usually use and instead dabble in secondary colors- hence the orange, purple, and green accents with the pink base. I’m quite pleased with this dress in part, because I don’t think it looks like much I have ever drawn before. The shape of the neckline and shorter flared sleeves are both different from many of my other medieval inspired fantasy gowns.
What do you think? Excited about this new collection?
I am back home in Alaska for the 4th and I am very excited about it. There will be fireworks at 12:01am on the Fourth, because it doesn’t get dark until then in Alaska. I am very excited about that. There’s always a big bon fire on the beach as well.
I decided to do a set of contemporary summery clothing for my 4th of July themed paper doll clothing set. I realized quickly that shorts and a t-shirt didn’t seem like quite “enough” so I drew an outfit for each of the Dames and Dandies paper dolls.
For the A pose, I did shorts and a boat-necked shirt. For the B pose, I did a blue dress with white polka-dots. For the C pose, guys I drew surf shorts and a t-shirt. All summer time clothing.
Anyway, enjoy the 4th of July if you are celebrating (or just have a wonderful Wednesday) either way!
I am super happy to be back! I was traveling and wrapped up in work. I got to go to New Orleans which was so much fun. It was a work trip, but I ate plenty of beinets, gumbo and red beans over rice. I do love a good bowl of gumbo.
As fun as it was to be in the city, it is also so very nice to have returned home to Alabama.
Anyway, today’s paper doll is a new face for the A Pose dames. I think this will be the last new A Pose face for a while. I had a mental goal of getting four faces for each pose (A, B and C) done before I let myself work more on versions and less on faces. There is another version of Abigail already done. It’s a contemporary version with sandals.
I chose the name Abigail for today’s paper doll, because I’ve always liked the name. It’s a Biblical name, for those who aren’t aware, and was the name of King David’s third wife. I’ve known several Abigails in my life and liked them all, so I figured the name was a winner.
Her fantasy dress was inspired by togas and Ancient Greece. Not actual historical Ancient Greece, more like Xena: Warrior Princess. I loved the idea of a loose, graceful, draped garment. Originally, I imagined it would be white (there is a white version over on my Patreon page you can go print), but I thought the white wasn’t as interesting as a color.
Yes, I colored the paper dolls lips to match the dress. Don’t judge me.
Her micro braids were fun. I always feel like they get a bit lost when I color them black (black on black being a thing), I made them purple in the Patreon page version. So, if you think you’d rather have a purple haired version, pop over there and you can download and print that version.