Mother Jone’s Inspired Paper Doll Outfit


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations:Mother Jones,
a personal hero

This year, Boots of Popculture Looking Land, Julie of Paper Doll School,  and Miss Missy of Miss. Missy’s Paper Dolls are all collaborating on a paper doll series. Each month, we design a dress for a shared doll.

Each month has a different theme. This month’s theme was to draw a dress inspired by a personal hero. I chose Mother Jones, the famous labor organizer.

Mary Harris Jones “Mother Jones” was born in Ireland in 1837 and died in Maryland in 1930. At one point, she was labeled the most dangerous woman in America for her work organizing miners.

She lost her husband and four children to yellow fever in 1867. Just four years later, she lost her business, a dress shop, in the Chicago Fire of 1871. So, she began working as an organizer for many labor groups including United Mine Workers of America, then known as just the United Mine Workers.

In her 60s, she became known as Mother Jones, an image she cultivated by wearing black and dressing in out of date fashions.

I don’t agree with all of her views though. She was opposed to women’s suffrage and thought women shouldn’t work. She was also a bit of a publicity hound, but people are people. No one is perfect.

One of Mother Jone’s most famous quotes is, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.”

I didn’t want to draw a literal 1890’s dress for my paper doll, so instead I created this victorian inspired dress (which should be black if you want it to really be a Mother Jone’s look) and gave her a protest sign of her own. Also, I doubt Mother Jones would approve of exposed knees, so I would suggest coloring her legs like she’s wearing tights.

I have no desire to discuss politics on this blog, but one thing I will say is this- the rights workers have today in the US like the 40 hour work week, no child labor, sick leave and overtime would not exist without the work of labor unions in the early part of the 20th century. Never forget that people literally died for these rights and we should be grateful for them.

So, pray for the dead, as Mother Jones would say, and fight like hell for the living.

Meanwhile, head over to Popculture Looking Land, Paper Doll School, and Miss. Missy’s Paper Dolls to see other’s personal heroes. I have no idea who other people chose and I can’t wait to find out.

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Kamala, A New Ms. Mannequin Paper Doll


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: Um… India, I guess?
An East Indian paper doll named Kamala with shoes. She's part of the Ms. Mannequin series and can share clothing with any of those paper dolls.

An East Indian paper doll named Kamala with shoes. She's part of the Ms. Mannequin series and can share clothing with any of those paper dolls.

Happy Day before Thanksgiving everyone! I think I warned people on Facebook that I wasn’t going to have anything holiday related this year. I always swear I am going to get something done for all the holidays and then, inevitably, I forget until the last minute.

Good intentions and all that.

Anyway, instead of something holiday related, I have Kamala, a new Ms. Mannequin paper doll. Kamala is East Indian, I think, and her name means “lotus” or “pale red” in Sanskrit. It can both be a feminne or a masculine name. It’s also one of the names of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Lakshimi is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity.

I confess that I don’t know much about the Hindu religion, but it is my understanding that Lakshimi is one of the major gods.

Kamala shares a skintone with Sunitha and Aishwarya which gives her four other shoe options. And who doesn’t want more shoe options?

Personally, I really like Kamala’s up do and it makes me think of some of the evening gowns I have drawn of these paper dolls. I’d put her in this dress, this dress and this dress. Probably also this dress, though it is more fantasy than the others.

Tomorrow there will be the November installment of the 2017 paper doll collab. We had to create a paper doll based on a personal hero. My choice will probably surprise some people, though not those who know me well.

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A Curvy Fairy Printable Paper Doll for Today


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: Sorceresses and Flowers

A curvy blue skinned fairy paper doll with afro-puffs, two pairs of shoes and a lavender dress. Free to print from paperthinpersonas.com.

A curvy fairy paper doll with afro-puffs, two pairs of shoes and a lavender dress. Free to print from paperthinpersonas.com..

So, I’ve been drawing Bodacious and Buxom paper dolls since 2013 (which sorta surprised me when I did the math) and I’ve never done a fairy version.

I didn’t even realize that until I was writing today’s post and I thought, “I’ll link to any other fairy B&B content I have.”

And then I was like, oh, I don’t have any. Opps.

Anyway, I’m not sure what that has to do with anything except that I was struck by this while I was writing this post and I wanted to share.

Obviously, today’s fairy printable paper doll is a long time coming. You don’t see a lot of curvy fairies in this world and I think that’s a little sad. Curvy girls can be fairies, too.

Afro-puffs inspired the fairy printable paper doll’s hair. My love of afro-puffs is well documented on this blog and continues apace. Along with not seeing a lot of curvy fairies, you don’t see a lot of fairies with natural hairstyles either.

I almost gave her more natural brown skin as well, but then I was like, she’s still a fantasy creature. Plus I have an odd fondness for blue skin.

(Not unlike my odd fondness for afro-puffs.)

If you’re not sure about the blue skin, than there’s a lilac version over on my Patreon page. It’s open the public so anyone can view it. My patrons got to see it on Saturday.

Meanwhile, let me know. Do the B&B girls need more fairies in 2018? And if not, what else would you like to see?

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Sprites In Some Space Cyberpunk Clothing


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: This Shirt and Other Things from my Cyberpunk/Scifi Fashion Pinterest Board
A set of original cyberpunk paper doll clothing designs for the Sprites printable paper doll series from paperthinpersonas.com.

A set of original cyberpunk paper doll clothing designs to color for the Sprites printable paper doll series from paperthinpersonas.com.

I’ve been on a bit of a cyberpunk kick lately, so today’s paper doll clothing has a distinct cyberpunk thing going on. I collect cyberpunk clothing inspirations on my Pinterest cyberpunk/sci-fi fashion board. The only piece I remember influencing today’s clothing is this t-shirt which was the basis for the gent’s shirt.

I’m sure there were other influences, because you can’t look a dozens of images and not be influenced. That’s how inspiration works, really.

Originally, today’s paper doll set had a red and black color scheme. I though that was a little dull. So, I borrowed the colors from my Space Pirates Sprites set and used them instead. The added advantage of this is that you can mix and match this set with the Space Pirates set perfectly.

And how doesn’t want to do that? I mean, everything is better with Space Pirates. (Space Pirates are slightly more entertaining than regular pirates.)

By the way, for my Patrons, there’s the original color scheme posted on the Patreon page. See it here.

Meanwhile, let me know what you think of today’s Sprite paper doll set in a comment. I always love to hear from you all.

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Mini-Maiden’s Summery Tanktops and Jeggings


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: Jeggings and Summery Clothing
A set of paper doll jeggings to color and print and play with. Who doesn't need that?
Confession: I drew this back in July when the weather was hot. It was so very hot, as it gets in Alabama. (Seriously, this is not a state you want to live in when it’s July.)

So, since I am working through a large batch of Mini-Maidens that I drew all those months ago, I can safely say this it the last “summery” fashion collection for them I have for the moment. I’ll need to draw some more for the Mini-Maiden paper dolls really soon. I’ve got Ms. Mannequins and Poppets in the works, but Mini-Maidens need love as well.

Anyway, summer has left Alabama, though it is still in the 60s. It does drop down at night, but I’ll openly confess that the weather is really mild compared to what I saw in Alaska. I am going home soon and am not looking forward to returning to below freezing weather. I own no clothing that works for weather that cold.

I dug my only wool sweater out of my closet earlier. I haven’t worn it in, I am not kidding, five years.

Ahh, well. I’m sure I’ll be okay. (Freezing cold, but okay.)

I digress. I wanted to design these clothing pieces to slide perfectly into the wardrobes that you can create with my other contemporary Mini-Maiden paper doll fashion sets. I was thinking this set and this set, this older set or this older set.

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Marisole Monday’s Printable 15th Century Dress


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: Boccace, Des cleres et nobles femmes, traduction française anonyme circa 1488-1496, Boccaccio, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes circa 1475 and Maria Maddalena Baroncelli Christus circa 1470.
A 15th century dress for a paper doll with a headdress based on manuscript illustrations to print and play with from paperthinpersonas.com

A 15th century dress for a paper doll with a headdress based on manuscript illustrations to print and color from paperthinpersonas.com.

Today’s Marisole Monday paper doll gown is a 15th century dress. Women’s fashions of the 15th century included a long gown worn over a kirtle or under-gown. These gowns were in a high-waisted style with fullness over the belly decorated with a super wide belt. The belt often had a decorated buckle.

The deep low neck was enough to reveal the decorated front of the kirtle beneath. The neckline was sometime filled in with a sheer linen partlet.

I used a partlet on today’s gown, but getting the transparency was tough. So, it’s not as transparent as it should be.

This headdress is known as a hennin. It was usually cone shaped or a flattened cone. They got pretty extreme over the course of the century, I have to say. If you think of the stereotypical princess than you are thinking of the hennin headdress.

The sources of today’s 15th century dress were Boccace, Des cleres et nobles femmes, traduction française anonyme circa 1488-1496, Boccaccio, Des cas des nobles hommes et femmes circa 1475 and Maria Maddalena Baroncelli Christus circa 1470. One is a painting and the rest are manuscript pages, mostly from France.

I really wanted to play around with color as well. The colors in today’s gown are based on Boccace, Des cleres et nobles femmes, traduction française anonyme. I really loved the green, red and the blue belt. There’s more images of 15th century dress on my 15th century Pinterest board.

The hardest thing to draw for today’s paper doll outfit was the hennin headdress. I must have re-sketched the angle of that headdress a dozen times. The drape on the headdress should be transparent, but I didn’t really want to try

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A Set of Fantasy Costumes for the Sprite Printable Paper Dolls


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: This Tunic and This Dress from my Pinterest Fantasy Board
A set of medieval inspired fantasy clothing for the Sprites printable paper dolls. The guy paper doll outfit is a long sleeved tunic and trousers tucked into boots. The lady Sprite outfit is a bell sleeved dress with a belt and trim. Accessories include a sword, dagger and necklace.

A set of medieval inspired fantasy clothing for the Sprites printable paper dolls. The guy paper doll outfit is a long sleeved tunic and trousers tucked into boots. The lady Sprite outfit is a bell sleeved dress with a belt and trim. Accessories include a sword, dagger and necklace. . Free to print, color, and play with from paperthinpersonas.com.

I had fun drawing today’s fantasy outfits for the Sprites. They’re a little cliche perhaps, but since when I have I let that stop me from doing something?

Part of the fun of drawing the Sprite’s series is thinking of how to coordinate a guy’s outfit and a girl’s outfit to at least seem to go together, if not perfectly match. In this case, the guy’s outfit came first. I love the asymmetry of this tunic. Adding the layers of trimming was a way to emphasize that design detail.

The lady Sprite dress was inspired by this fantasy dress, which I confess isn’t very unusual. I did like the higher waist and I wanted to mirror the trim on the guy’s tunic. I added the metal details to the belt as a way of giving the whole look some more dimension.

In my head, these outfits are for a culture that lives somewhere cold. The boots and the long sleeves are for warmth. There’s also probably some symbolic meaning in the different trimmings, but I’m not sure what exactly.

I think the color scheme is also making me think frozen Northland or, at least, slightly temperate Northland. Interestingly enough, there’s a whole different color scheme to see and download on my Patreon page. It’s open to everyone, but donations to the blog’s upkeep are always gratefully accepted.

Meanwhile, let me know what you think of today’s Sprites outfit in a comment.

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The B&B Curvy Paper Dolls Get An Autumnal Sorceress Gown


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations:Falling Leaves and Layered Gowns

A fantasy paper doll gown inspired by the renaissance with stockings and shoes.

After I finished the Elements dresses for the Sorceress Gowns Project I wasn’t sure what to draw next. The elements made a lot of sense to me, but then I was like… What other sorts of gown themes can I explore?

However, as autumn has come to Alabama and with it there are lots of leaves turning, I decided an series on the seasons would be a fun thing to work on next. So, today’s Sorceress Gowns Project paper doll outfit is based on the themes and colors of autumn.

I wanted to use colors that I see in the hills around town these days. The rich reds and yellows of turning leaves. I chose to do several different leaf designs.

The staff was inspired by a tree branch, though I’m not sure it entirely works.

And like all the Sorceress Gowns, she has some pretty cool boots.

I haven’t drawn winter, spring or summer yet, so this might end up the lone gown, but I plan on them. I just haven’t decided what I want them to look like quite yet. I’ve been working on thumbnail sketches for those dresses. I think I have a decent idea of what they might look like.

Of course, I tend to change my mind a lot, so it is also totally possible that I will before I do the final dresses.

Meanwhile, Friday there will be a super fun Sprites fantasy set.

As always, let me know what you think of today’s paper doll gown in a comment. I adore hearing from you all.

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Marisole Monday’s Fantasy Peasant Costume


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: Um… Not Suew What to Put Here
A paper doll fantasy dress with a corset top and full skirt. Matching shoes with white stockings from paperthinpersonas.com. Free to print in color or black and white.

A paper doll fantasy dress with a corset top and full skirt. Matching shoes with white stockings from paperthinpersonas.com. Free to print in color or black and white.

I’m not entirely sure how to describe today’s paper doll outfit. It’s a fantasy outfit, but it is not really a princess theme. I tend to think of princesses as being more formal. This is less princess and more something a charming milk maid wears in an opera.

Opera costumes are on the list of things I’ve never drawn, but kinda want to draw someday.

Anyway, I’d love to say something deep and meaning full about this one, but I really don’t have anything. I don’t even remember if there was a specific inspiration.

I’d love to say it was operatic milk maids, but it wasn’t.

(Also, is it just me or would Operatic Milk Maids be a pretty good name for some sort of feminist punk band? Sort of Emilie Autumn, but with more cows.)

Anyway, the top is kinda 18th century-ish. The skirt is sort of 1980s. The stockings and shoes have a vague 19th century thing going on. Mostly with the garters, as elasticized garters with metal fasteners were a thing in the 1890s.

Elastic is actually much older than most people think. It was invented in the 1820s for fastening gloves and such.

Oh, before I forget, there’s a second version of today’s design on the Patreon page for my Patrons.

By the way, this week is a themed week. I really enjoy sorting things and organizing them into themes. (Yeah, not really shocking given that I’m a professional librarian.) This week’s theme is fantasy and especially different styles of fantasy. So, today we have a fantasy peasant dress, tomorrow there will be an entry into the B&B Sorceress series and on Friday a medieval fantasy set for the Sprites.

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The Mini-Maidens Get Some Bloomers & a Top Hat in Today’s Paper Doll Steampunk Coloring Page


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Today’s Printable Paper Doll Inspirations: This Steampunk Outfit
A printable paper doll steampunk coloring page from paperthinpersonas.com. The paper doll outfit can fit any one of the dozens of Mini-Maidens paper dolls

While I was never a big colorer as a kid, I do love creating black and white paper dolls, like today’s steampunk coloring page. I never liked coloring big expanses when I did color. So, the paper doll designs with more detail would be, I think, more fun to color.

(I maybe wrong of course. I don’t work in non-computer media much anymore. Someone who does should feel free to correct me in the comments about my coloring assumptions.)

So, I was very much feeling that I didn’t want to draw another steampunk fashion paper doll set when I saw this wonderful steampunk outfit on Pinterest and changed my mind. At first, I confess, it was the hair that got me, but I also adore the bodice.

So, I set to work on the paper doll’s bodice and the bloomers. Then I did the tights and invented some shoes. Striped stockings might be cliche, but I still really like them.

The hat was a last minute edition, because I thought the outfit needed something else. The set just didn’t feel complete without it.

Personally, the garters at the top of her stockings make me smile the most. I think they are just so fun! Though potentially impractical, because if you must lock on your garters that would just be a pain in the butt.

Still, as I have often said, paper dolls are not a place for practicality. If they did, I don’t know if I could draw them anymore. Half the fun is creating things I think look cool but would never wear.

So, love today’s paper doll steampunk coloring page? Hate it? Let me know in a comment! I always love to hear from you guys.

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