20th Century Housewife Dress: 1910

The idea for this project started with my attempt at drawing a quintessential 1950’s housewife. I didn’t like how the face turned out, so I cut out the dress. That led me to wanting to draw housewife dresses from other years, as a series of paper doll outfits.

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Here is the first dress in the series, from 1916. I may start over, as I am considering adding color to future dresses. And I definitely need to find a better background to photograph against! Maybe someday the dresses will even get a paper woman to adorn, but I have to figure out how to go about it. I also have to work on getting all the dresses to be relatively the same size. I suppose I will go chronologically with this project (although I already forgot about the years 1900-1910…)


Did you ever play with paper dolls as a kid? Is that even still a thing?



  1. This is such a neat idea, Anna! It’s nice to see what you’re up to again. I really should check WordPress more. I didn’t play with paper dolls but my little sisters had some for a while. Did you ever play with them?


    1. Thanks! I haven’t been very consistent at all when it comes to my art lately, but this idea excited me. I remember having a book with tear-out paper dolls and outfits, but it wasn’t a huge part of my childhood, just something I vaguely recall

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