Thursday, November 28, 2013

Clara's Pilgrim Dress

One of my most popular dresses for Clara is her Pilgrim's Dress from 1620 (click here to see the original post). Since it's Thanksgiving this week, I thought I would post the dress again for any newcomers to my blog.

If you read my original post, you will find out why the pilgrims did not wear buckles and black dresses, as they are widely portrayed in most Thanksgiving pictures, cards, and other merchandise.


Happy Thanksgiving!

To print Clara's "More Authentic" pilgrim outfit, use this PDF file:
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Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will continue to be available on this blog as long as I post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:
 The Clara Paper Doll (745k)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clara's 1990s Lace Dress

Clara is all dressed up for a special occasion in this 1990s lace dress with a tulip-petal wrapped skirt. This dress has a very simple shape, but the lace adds a lot of texture to the design. The heavy lace top was very stylish, and dressy in the early 1990s. Lace was very popular in the 80s, and stayed popular in the 90s for a while.

The shoes are some cute slingbacks, decorated with a rose trim that matches the flower on the dress. With such a dressy outfit, Clara would probably wear nylons, although hardly anyone here in Arizona ever does (especially not in the summer!)

There's not much to say about 1990s fashion in general, other than it's sort of a hodge-podge of fashions from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. It's not as distinctive as fashion from, say, the 70s. Maybe the fashion will appear to be more distinctive when there is more of a time distance from the 90s to today — more of a historical perspective.

To print Clara's dress, use this PDF file:


Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will be available on this blog as long as I continue to post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Heritage Fashion Paper Dolls now available for purchase



I am pleased to announce that earlier this year I created a set of paper dolls from the 1820s and 1830s. They were published, and are available for sale exclusively from "Celebrating Family History," a company dedicated to family history and creating and preserving family memories.

The 1820s and 30s were the early days of the American Frontier expansion, when pioneers began to move west. The paper doll collection includes a little fashion history, and a lot of beautiful historical clothing for a family in the early 19th century.

The collection is available in both black and white and color versions. You can read more about the collection here at Celebrating Family History's website. There is a link at the bottom of the page, or you can buy the paper dolls here.

I am working on another collection which will be available soon.


Clara's 1990s Jumper


1990s fashions borrowed a little bit of this and a little bit of that from the previous three decades. With elements of style from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, there is not a cohesive style that defines the 1990s. Instead, various fashions in many different styles were worn.

Clara's dress this week is a simple jumper cut in an a-line silhouette. The style is a very flattering dress, with a calf-length, drapy skirt. The scoop neck of the jumper is echoed by the wide scoop neck of the t-shirt.

Finally, Clara is wearing a pair of wedge-heeled slip-on shoes with some flower details. Wedge heels were very popular in the early 1990s.

The original jumper was a navy blue color and the t-shirt was white. The shoes were tan.

To print Clara's dress, use this PDF file:


Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will be available on this blog as long as I continue to post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Clara's 1950s Flowered Dress


Today Clara has a cute, simple flowered 1950s dress with some bows and flowers. The skirt is a classic circle skirt – very popular in the 1950s – with a wide shape, decorated with some flowering vines. The bodice is a fitted shape with a slightly dropped waistline. The collar is a nice square shape, that was very popular in the 50s.

Clara's shoes are Mary Janes – round toe shoes with a wide strap – very popular in the 1950s for young girls.

To print Clara's dress, use this PDF file:


Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will be available on this blog as long as I continue to post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file: