Friday, January 9, 2015

Toddler Fashion Friday - Bria

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Today is the first of a new paper doll series! I mentioned way back in August that I was developing a new toddler/baby paper doll to go with the fashion set.  I don't create many child paper dolls so this was a real adventure for me.  As a mother and aunt, I've developed an appreciation for children's clothing.  I like my boys to be as fashionable as two grass-stained, rough-and-tumble little kids can be and buying dresses for my nieces is an absolute joy. The children in my life are quickly outgrowing the cutesy baby phase (my oldest niece is nearly 7!!) and creating a paper doll seemed like the best way to appreciate some of the great kids' fashion I've seen over the years.

I also had this vague idea of mother/daughter or sisters (much like the Barbie/Skipper/Stacie ages) for this set.  As a way of revisiting some of my previous fashion paper dolls, I decided that each of these toddler paper dolls will reach back to previous sets.  Today's set references Bridget, the first paper doll I crafted for this site.  There are so many patterns and color combinations that I love in my previous sets and wanted to give them another go.

Here's Bridget from 2012! I was just starting to understand the way Illustrator handled patterns, as well as learning to craft my own.  The pattern here was pre-existing in Illustrator.  I loved the colors and the pattern so much!

I feel like there's a lot more flexibility in children's clothing.  I created some stripes & polka dots to go with the flower pattern.  Mixing patterns and colors have such a playful tone in kids' clothing.  I also made the toddler doll with similar hair & skin tones.

These sets take a little more time to create.  It's a new series, so I'm developing it as I go.  I'm also testing the fit more than in previous dolls.  With this set, the green top can be worn with everything except the puffy skirt.  I just couldn't get it to work without ruining one or both.  Still, there are loads of mix-and-match options, with still more coming with more sets! 

Let me know what you think.  I think she's rather cute and I can't wait to see what the kids in my life think of her!

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