Sunday, October 21, 2012

Playing with Paper Dolls

I did an illustration for a little girl's dress sewing pattern for Simplicity Pattern Company way back almost a year ago, and wrote about it here.  Here is what it looked like:
I illustrate specific fabrics when drawing these.  The sewing patterns are are kind of a co-op with the designer of the garment (my client) and the fabric manufacturer.  Featuring the sewing pattern in the Simplicity catalog helps to promote the sale of the fabrics, and vice versa.  As it turns out, this fabric group did not get manufactured, but another group was chosen instead.  The client liked this piece of art: the pose, the girl's expression, etc., and wanted to re-use it.  My job was to re-draw the dress, using the new fabric designs.  This could be done by computer, with a map-and-drape program, but it always looks kind of "fake", and the client prefers the hand painted look.  So, I played paper dolls and came up with this replacement:

While I was at it, I changed the color of the boots and tights to the same charcoal grey in the fabrics. Here's what the new version will look like when it appears in the catalog:
Good as new!


  1. GORGEOUS Maggie!!! She's absolutely precious...I just love your illustrations ~ I hope you have a wonderful week sweet friend! hugs and love, Dawn

  2. Wow, this is just too cute! It's no wonder your client chose this illustration. So creative!!

  3. Your talent is just remarkable and I know your client had to be delighted with your transformation!!

  4. was the original artwork modular enough to reuse the bones of it? or did you have to create the look anew? just goes to show: never throw anything away! I love this little dress, marg!

  5. Hi Mags! I like the new fabric better. It looks more like a little girl. Super job as usual. My good friend is very talented in so many ways.

  6. I collect paper dolls. I have a Mr and Mrs Santa Claus from the 1940's. I have a drawer full of collectible paper dolls.

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