Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Regency Paper Doll: Celebrating Jane!

Today is Jane Austen's Birthday!

This doll fits only Regency outfits from this blog. It will not properly fit Victoria paper Doll outfits.

It's time to celebrate Jane Austen's life and works with a brand new Regency Paper Doll. This doll, of course, is an entirely new remake of the Victoria Lacey paper doll whose wardrobe keeps on growing.

Please observe the Red letter Guidelines at the base of this post, for they are unusual. Thank you.

The shape and even the "unmentionables" or underpinnings of the doll had to be utterly different, of course. The foundation to a lady's garment was designed solely for the style of garment to be worn.

The previously featured Victorian wardrobe would not properly fit this new doll. The first doll's corset had to be replaced with what are called, "short stays." Also, rather than a starched, fairly full petticoat, she now is wearing a long slip sort of a garment called a "chemise." This last generally was made either from lightweight cotton or perhaps linen.

It is very important to not cut away the spaces between the sleeves or arms and the main body of each outfit. Fitting this new wardrobe was, indeed, very tricky. This will most likely keep outfits in better shape, too.]

Her shoes and ankles had to be remade entirely, for during the Regency Era, high heels were not in style at all. Only servants working at the houses of the great and wealthy were stuck with wearing the styles of the 18th century to show their status in the world. 

Ladies of the Regency era (1811-1820) wore more comfortable, or sensible footwear, although they still were not designing either shoes or boots to be Right and Left in shape like we do today. A shoe then might have been worn on either foot. I can't imagine what that must have been like!

Note about HATS and HAIR
All hats and hairstyles in the Studio's blog which differ at all to the doll's real look are generally equipped with Tabs. These often require delicate work using scissors or snips. Assembly must be done in stages, with less glue than might be supposed. I'd frankly start with a tiny bit of glue stick glue (I prefer Uhu Stick, but you chose your favorite) at the very top of the Tab, then proceed to fit to the doll's head in slow stages, adding touches of glue as necessary. Being careful never to get any glue on the doll would, of course, work best (Have I ever accidentally glued 2 things together? You bet I have! LOL).

Today's Downloads
As this is a special event post, there are several downloads available here today. The first is the New Regency Doll in her undergarments, stockings and flat shoes. Next is her New Standard (this is necessary for correct fit). After that, there are a total of 3 separate outfits with different hairstyles for each one. One of them even has a unique and very fancy bonnet, and is carrying a very stylish gigantic white velvet muff. 

In future, I hope to add at least two rooms and a few more outfits for this new doll. As this has been a fun project since its beginnings four years ago, I doubt that it can stop with what is being offered  today.

{NOTE: for some weird reason unknown to me, Blogger has been repositioning all of my centered artwork here so that it is on the left. This does not show up when I try and correct in in Edit mode, however. Sorry if this looks sloppy. All artwork posted here is posted CENTERED, and never off to one side or the other. I will try and correct this problem. Thank you. ~RH McG}

Happy Jane Austen Creativity, everyone!

PPSPlaytime™: Regency Style Victoria

Download Paper Doll HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

Download Regency Doll Standard HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

Download Lilac Promenade Outfit HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

Download Dinner Party Dress HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

Download Winter Walking Costume HERE

Display version
(lower quality than the download)

You are free to:
Play with or give or trade
the above doll with any of her outfits.
Her standard has a copyright.
It may never be sold.
Neither can this doll, even if you remake her.
In other words,
everything you see has had to be 
painstakingly re-worked by me.
They are not intended for sale, at all, and not ever.
Thank you for respecting my wishes in this matter.
Thank you
for helping me to
keep free things free!


Margie said...

Thanks for these. Can't wait to play!

bfmama said...

Beautiful. Thank you so much!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Hi Margie! And welcome to the Studio's blog! So very nice to meet you.
And you are very welcome. It's so much fun when other people may enjoy the toys, games, and other creative items now in the collection here at PPS.
Imagine!--I get to play with paper dolls using Photoshop!

Plush Possum Studio said...

bfmama--Thanks for the vote of confidence, and welcome to PPS!
So glad that you enjoy the new Jane Austen era items here.
These were fun to make, even if challenging.
Please feel free to come back by and explore our categories as often as you like.

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