1942: Kay and Amy Yoshida


I think everyone can agree with me that I am absolutely terrible at keeping a blog. Oddly enough, a high fever is what kicked me into actually working on paper dolls.

Kay and Amy are Japanese girls living in Canada during the Second World War. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour, All the Japanese living on the west coast of Canada are deported to the Rocky Mountains. Amy being younger thinks of it as an adventure. Kay, the elder sister, realizes how horrible it is and cant stand how happy her sister seems. They both keep diaries, and in the anthology Hoping for Home, they are presented one after the other, so you can see how each sister felt at a particular time. Honestly, this was one of my favorite reads from Hoping for Home.

Kay is the first doll going left to right. Both girls are based on this photo from the 1940s, Kay being the girl in the checked suit left of center. She is wearing a petticoat, bra, and tights, and her short curls are pulled back.

Her outfit is a plain day dress that she would have worn on the trip from Vancouver to the Rockies, with stockings and mary jane shoes. She also has a coat and a bonnet to keep warm.

Amy is based on the middle girl from the same photo as Kay. She has a slip and socks, showing that she is younger than Kay.

Her outfit is a blouse with a jumper dress, socks, and shoes, and her coat is less fancy than Kay’s. I really tried to show that Kay is the more mature, adult sister, while Amy is still a child. I hope that’s coming through.


The Sims continued



Oddly enough, posting Sims paper dolls really made me want to draw historical paper dolls again. So next week there will be a new historical paper doll posted.

This week, we continue on my childhood fantasy of drawing clothes for my Sims.

The first outfit is from Sims 1 Livin’ Large. My childhood description reads: a skirt, a triangle shirt, sweater, choker, and platform sandals. Since to my knowledge I never drew these, I have no idea what I meant by triangle shirt and sweater. So looking at 2000ish fashions, I drew a bandana shirt with a tiny shrug.

The second outfit is from Sims 1 House Party. My description reads: short cargo pants, sparkly half up half string shirt, flip flops, newspaper hat. Oh, 10 year old me’s descriptions. This outfit pattern seemed to fit everything but that shirt almost too well, so what I drew is pretty much a copy. I think this was the hardest to figure out what I meant by “half up half string shirt”.

The third outfit is from Sims 1 Hot Date. I described it as: twirly skirt, European puffy shirt, belt, ballet flats, Lizzie McGuire hair. So I’m pretty sure European puffy shirt means peasant blouse, so I looked for something like that. The Lizzie McGuire patterns came to the rescue again. For the hair, Lizzie McGuire always wore her hair in a style I was desperate to copy. What I drew is a less messy version like my hair always came out.

And Now for Something Completely Different…


I’m feeling kinda burned out by history at the moment. I’ll still ogle historical gowns, but I haven’t drawn anything in over a month, and I’m really not feeling my historical paper dolls at the moment. Plus, I’ve been super busy with school. Nursing school is not easy folks.

Then I found a really old notebook. Around 2002, I discovered a computer game that I’m still playing 4 generations later: The Sims. I have all four versions of the game, and will play either version depending on how nostalgic I’m feeling.

I’ve always loved paper dolls, and in this notebook I had written down plans to draw outfits based on The Sims. As far as I know, I never got around to drawing them, so I got out paper and pencil and started doodling. And I got carried away with drawing, so I’m up to Sims 4 City Living. Anyway, forĀ  a while I thought I’d share these with you guys, based on my original notebook ideas from 2003ish, when the game finished.


I am posting all of these in black and white, because I only have one model (sim?) and I’d rather you be able to chose skin, hair, and eye color. I also changed the model slightly, so she will not fit any of my historical clothes.

The first outfit is the sim’s everyday casual outfit. My description said: jeans, a hoodie, platform mary janes, long hair. This sounds very much like what I wore around 2003, so I looked at my old photos. Wide legged jeans and a hoodie with a giant heart are apparently what I wore all 2003, since that hoodie is in almost all my pictures.

The second outfit is the formal dress: short dress, short jacket tights, shoes. I’m assuming I meant bolero jacket by short jacket, so that’s what I drew. She has mary janes again, because that is the fanciest of all shoes when your 10.

Her third outfit is PJs: a tank top, pants, slippers. This one I actually found on old Lizzie McGuire simplicity patters (the formal dress also came from here, but I found PJs first). A lot of the Sims 1 fashions came from those, because I tried to style my look on Lizzie when I was 10. A small collection of them is on my Pinterest.

The forth outfit is a swimsuit: tankini, panties. I almost feel like this doesn’t need any explanation.

The fifth is a sports outfit. Sims 1 didn’t have sports outfits, but I always hated my sims playing basketball in their daily clothes. I hated taking PE in my everyday clothes too. So I drew some clothes to wear while playing sports: shorts, a t shirt, sneakers, socks, hair in a pony tail.

Hope you enjoy my childhood ideas, I’ll be posting some more in the coming weeks. Maybe then my mojo for historical fashion will come back to me and I’ll actually post my original historical project again.


1187: Jalila



This is my second attempt at a medieval Crusades girl. My first attempt now lives in the 1870s, because my fashion was off by several hundred years.

Jalila is a Muslim girl who lives in Jerusalem in 1187 during the Siege of Jerusalem in the 3rd Crusade.

She is wearing a shift, and her hair is pulled into a bun. She has large earrings, and her finders are dipped in henna as in this image.

I had a hard time finding contemporary outfits for her. I finally found some 13h century artwork showing Arabian fashion, so her clothes are technically still a bit too futuristic. Her outfit was coped of this image., which shows a lady weaing a tunic length dress with loose pants and a headscarf similar to a modern abaya with an amira scarf. The neckline was modeled on modern abayas, but the scarf should cover it. I couldn’t tell if the art was scrated or if the lady had a jewel in headwrap, so I went with the jewel. Jalila also has shoes and bracelets.

I’m still not happy with attempt #2, but it looks better and I feel better about it that I ever did my first attempt.

1876: Jalila



So Jalila was originally posted with a description from the time of the third crusade. The problem was that her clothes were based on those shown on a drawing from the 1880s, and not at all something a 12th century girl would wear.

So, after some debate, I moved her to the Russo-Turkish war and she now lives in Constantinople in the Ottoman Empire, and has a brother fighting in the war.

The Russo-Turkish war was fought by the Ottoman Empire on one side, desperately trying to keep a hold on its empire, Russia on another side trying to win back land lost during the Crimean War, and Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Montenegro on yet another side, each trying to gain Independence from the Ottomans.

Jalila wears a blouse and wrap around skirt. Her hair is left down.

Her first outfit was copied off a 19th century print. She has a long sleeved blouse, a skirt, slippers, a necklace, and a jacket. Her hair covering truthfully goes with this outfit, though could easily be worn with both.

Her second outfit includes sirwal (what the harem pants are called), a jacket, belt, and slippers, based off the same print.

Originally posted on 27 April, 2014


1620: Jasper Johnathan Pierce



Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US, Happy way belated Thanksgiving to those in Canada, and Happy Wednesday to everyone else.

I really wanted to post something Thanksgiving themed today, so I’m posting something I actually recently did.

Japser is a stranger, or someone who does not practice the pilgrim’s religion, who travels with the pilgrims on the Mayflower to start their new colony. Though she’s never mentioned in the story, he would have known Mem, who makes a good female companion for him.

Japser wears a shirt with hose. His hair is kept long, as was the fashion for men in non-puritan England.

His first outfit is a casual everyday work outfit. It has a jacket with sleeves, pantaloons, socks, and shoes. He also has a hat to keep the sun off his face. This outfit would have been very colorful, with reds, greens, blues, and browns being most popular and easiest to dye. They had to use natural dyes after all.

His second outfit is from after he runs away from home, after witnessing the first duel fought by the pilgrims (fought by two men who both wanted to marry a girl. Cause 1600s). He breaks his ankle, and is found by Wampanoag natives who give him food and shelter and take him home. During his stay with the Wampanoag, he is given clothes that better suit his environment: a loin cloth and wampum bead necklace. He finds these clothes much more freeing. He also has his satchel from running away and a bandage around his ankle.

His book is here.

1939: Verity Hall



Verity spends her summer on holiday in Canada, right before she was set to go to boarding school at Roedean in Brighton, England. On September 3rd, word comes that England is at war, and she is marooned in Canada. She is sent to boarding school at Bishop Strachan School, and stays in Canada for the remainder of the war as a war guest.

Verity wears a camisole with a petticoat and socks. Her hair is stylishly cut.

She insists on wearing her Roedean school uniform to BSS. It is a tunic over a blouse, with stockings and shoes. Here is a picture of the real uniform in today, and one of a girl’s hockey team in 1905. I swear I had a 1940s picture of a girl in the library reading, but I can’t find it. As you can see, it has changed very little in 100 years.

Her second outfit is her BSS uniform that she does eventually wear. It is a middy blouse with a skirt, a tie, stockings, and shoes. Here is a picture of 1940s girls in the uniform. I could not find my original photo that I drew from, but I swear the tie’s accurate.

Verity’s story is part of an anthology of stories about finding a home in Canada. It is here.