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making paper dolls



Not too bad, for a quick jobbie with a cut-up cereal box! My little neighbour friend busily made clothing while I tried to get on with some work.

I recently discovered ten pages of rather atrociously dated paper doll outfits I made when I was a kid in the mid-'80s, tucked into a sketchbook I'd brought from America. I can spot a few Grace Kelly dresses mixed in there, and my obsession for anything to do with ancient Egypt. After my brief dream of becoming a fashion designer, I decided I was definitely going to be an archaeologist when I grew up, so I could race around cool-looking painted tombs while dodging Nazi looters.




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dlasky
Jan. 16th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
i'm impressed, as usual
You made your neighbor a really cute doll.

And SHAZAM! You were a talented kid! Even if you grew up in a fashion-challenged decade! Thanks for sharing those!
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Re: i'm impressed, as usual
Very fashion challenged, haha... I marvel when people talk about retro '80s revival wear, those clothes should be allowed to die a quiet death.
almilway
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
I love the hair/head that comes with shades - for the jazzy Pretty in Pink look!

These are cracking!
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! And yes, I seem to remember Molly Ringwald was a big hit with me about then...

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tozocomic
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
This explains a lot.
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
I do find the juxtoposition of wedding dresses and riding outfit fairly amusing.
tozocomic
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I'd have driven off a cliff in Monaco to have avoided wearing the page4-top-middle combo. However, I may have actually worn the tartan outfit at some point.
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. ...I'm sure you looked very dapper.
ext_143669
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Love paper dolls!
Soo sweet! Well done
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for that! :-)
wilburonline
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
this may seem a bit odd coming from a hetero male, but i used to love this sort of thing too....
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Well, my other favourite thing was playing with Tonka trucks in the sandbox, so we're even.

Oh, and my Big Wheel bike. My Big Wheel rocked. I might have to do a comic about that at some point.


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wilburonline
Jan. 16th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
that's a pretty cool bike -- i'm jealous again!
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, so was the neighbour kid! His mother had to buy him one because he was so jealous. And my house had an insanely steep driveway, so he spent lots of time with it over at ours.

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chamonkee
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
I like the tiny bee detail on the stripy top
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, so that's what it is! I can't say I'm so keen on that pseudo-crest line I had going there.
chamonkee
Jan. 16th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
All this though reminds me of bunty
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Bunty's fab, I wish we'd had it in the States. My mother bought a Bunty for my sister and me when we were ten and twelve, to keep us quiet in the car while we toured around Scotland. My sister and I both read it cover-to-cover, read every quiz to each other (I still remember some of the questions), and then went back to reading it over and over.

My parents got really frustrated with us because we weren't looking out the car windows at all the beautiful scenery, just obsessing over Bunty. I remember some of the strips felt so wonderfully old fashioned, and I'd never seen photo comics before.
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jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I don't know! What do you think? I have retired from my career in fashion. ;-)
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jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
And goggles. And spats.
ext_143710
Jan. 16th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
OMG you had the Indiana Jones dream too?
We are soulmates!
:)
I love the cut-out doll dresses - I used to do those too when I was a child, but not as good as yours.
jabberworks
Jan. 16th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: OMG you had the Indiana Jones dream too?
Hi, Leila! That's so funny, I bet loads of kids did! Even when I knew archeology was nothing like Indiana Jones, I still think it lingered in the back of my mind. I partly chose my university because it had one of the best archaeology departments in the country, but when I sat in on a few classes, I changed my mind and switched to art history.

How's the writing going? I see you have a second Bathsheba book out, I'll have to get a copy! Are you still in Brussels?
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jabberworks
Jan. 20th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
No!? :-D
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