Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Paper Dolls!!!!!

This is Nadia.

This is Tamora.

Both of them live happily in origami paper land.

I created Nadia and Tamora (named after two authors I like) months ago, along with their clothing, and since then I've been keeping them in a converse shoebox. (Actually, the shoebox isn't really the most convenient place to keep them, but I like the sound of keeping something in a converse shoebox. ^ ^ yeah.)

For each of them I made a set of clothes--eight outfits.



These were so much fun for me to make. So much fun, because I was basically creating things that I want to wear. (Tamora's purple bunny rabbit shirt? Totally want it!)
     Since I had never made paper dolls before, I made all kinds of mess-ups: the mistake of having hair hang over shoulders and dresses that puff out but still have tabs on the sides, so they don't actually even reach the legs.  Most paper dolls you see have their arms sort of sticking out to the sides, or have arms drawn in with the clothes, so that they go over the actual arms on the doll. (Like this.)
I imagine drawing the arms attached to the clothes makes it much easier, but I think it's a little creepy making them have several sets of arms at once.
 Nadia was fairly easy to make because her arms were tucked behind her back. But I wanted them to look different, so I made Tamora's arms hanging down at her sides.Then realized that that wouldn't work. There would be nowhere for the tabs on the sides to go.
So, I ended up doing this thing where I cut a little slit on the line where her arms are against her sides. It was a pain, because I had to line up the tabs exactly with that spot, but it worked! ☺
And now, I still haven't bent any of the tabs on the outfits. I can't bring myself to do it.
But the clothes really do fit them!
(This looks a little weird because it's hard to get it positioned right on the scanner and I refuse to use the tabs.  It looks better in real life.)

Sooo, in conclusion......
Paper dolls are great fun, especially the clothes. ☺☺☺☺☺☺




  1. Ava,
    I love your paper dolls. Imaging clothes (and even lives) for them must be so much fun.

  2. These are great. I totally understand your desire to not bend tabs. Mint condition is a wonderful thing! Your blog is wonderful and you must have an amazing family and fantastic gifts yourself to be doing such wonderful stuff!
    go well

  3. Hi, Umatji,
    Thanks so much! I love making things and I'm so happy that other people are taking time to look at them. ☺

  4. OMG!!! I know i joined being a member wayyyyy after you wrote this post, but i'm still commenting!!! These are super cool!!!! I especally love Tamora's clothes!!! :) Especally Tamora's polka-dot dress and her turqoise shirt with the cool skirt and black leggings!!! I also really like Nadia's pink dress!! I also like how they live in 'oragmi land'!!! :)


    PS: Check out my blog!!! I got a reallllllly cool backround that i'm keeping!!!!

  5. i want the totoro shirt, y'know Ava? you seem like my long lost twin... we literally like all the same things! bizarre,right?