One summer - I was 7 or 8 - the family set off on holiday to "the interior", probably a weekend at Shushwap Lake. At a stop along the way (it was a six-hour drive in those days), the store we stopped at had a book of paper dolls and I pestered my parents till they gave in and bought it ... only to find that we hadn't brought scissors along. Fortunately there were nail scissors in mother's handbag, and I had to make do with those, which rather took away the pleasure of cutting out. I prided myself on my good cutting out, and wanted to get the entire book cut out immediately [how early are our characters formed...] but didn't really get the hang of making the tiny snips needed, didn't like the look of the results, and the earnestly-desired, disappointing book languished.
That was a holiday treat and family finances didn't stretch to all the paper doll books I ever desired, nor was there much selection in the stores that a child living in the country could get to. So we made our own paper dolls, using the underwear models in the Sears or Eatons catalogues as the doll
|Perfect for a paper doll (1955; via)|
Then we traced around the outline and used that to design costumes for her. Or him ... though I did find men in underwear deeply unappealing, and why would men need "designed" clothes anyway?
|Anyway, they never had legs (via)|
Finding full-length children could be difficult. Sometimes you had to resign yourself to making all the clothing in the shape the "doll" was wearing in the catalogue -
|Use the one at bottom row right (via)|
|Mother and daughter outfits! (via)|
|Wardrobes for a variety of activities (via)|
*Other sites for Ladies Drawing Night (thanks, Tina!)