Sunday, June 20, 2010

Paper Dolls

Sometime mid-morning, the wee girl asked where her paper dolls were. These are the paper dolls she played with for about half an hour over a year ago (the dolls I used as preparation for these ones, which I still have hidden away). No idea what prompted the recall of memory, but her interest in them lasted about five minutes before she packed them up.

Feeling guilty for letting her ruin her concentration span on so much children's TV.... I jumped in with , "Well, how about we MAKE some paper dolls...?" (with absolutely no plan of action to follow through), knowing that the idea of "make" is a surefire means of engagement for more than five minutes.

We took a photo of the girl in the last layer of clothes, printed it out and cut it out. We had a dolly. I traced it. We had a template for garment design. A plan was developing (phew!).

We started with two designers for the clothes, but one of us was having problems with the tracing techniques that the other suggested. Labour was then divided into the drawing of clothes and the colouring-and-dressing-and-telling-the-drawer-what-to-draw departments.

It worked a treat. The wee girl was "too busy" to have lunch and reluctant to leave by early afternoon for a Daddy's-family gathering.

I spent the quiet of the family-free afternoon with the sewing machine set up in front of the dvd of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, with the plan to do lots of sewing.
I did lots of watching Tess of the D'Urbervilles, instead. (I missed it on telly recently because I was too busy meeting a deadline).
...
I must remember to get a lighter storyline next time I plan to simultaneously sew and catch up on missed costume-dramas.... or give up on the idea of straight topstitching.

9 comments:

sue niven said...

very cool activity! love it!

meli B said...

It's activities like paper dolls that will always be remembered. Sounds like a great way to spend a few hours.

willywagtail said...

It was probably good for you to have the mental holiday anyway. Cherrie

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Oh, you are such a good, good mummy!
Love it. You are inspiring me!

Buy Design said...

Memories flooding back here. I loved my paper dolls and spent many an afternoon tracing and designing 'super' outfits.

Fer said...

Paper dolls are timeless aren't they. I love that you made them together!

Liam's Mummy said...

They look great! I like the ones that come with the Oliver + S patterns, but they seem too lovely to cut.

garcia.sol said...

my best sewing movies are action movies, usually the comic book kind, you can sew during the high action bits and no matter how much you miss you know the good guys will win in the end!

Handmade said...

I loooooooove Tess of the d'Urbervilles - that mini series was wonderful!!