paper doll pdf shop

For those who want to play or display paper dolls, I have created a little paper doll PDF shop.  Check them out by clicking the thumbnails below.

A PDF is a high-resolution, printable file.  These PDFs are in standard letter format and can be printed on any printer, on any type of paper you desire.  For just 3$ to 5$ per doll, download and print as many times as you like, cut out and play.

New to the shop – special edition  Vionnet Paper Dolls

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To everyone who has supported my paper doll passion project – thank you so much!

client karma – Joanna Goodman

It was internet serendipity – Joanna Goodman found Final Fashion, and invited me to come up to visit her gorgeous boutique and meet her.  We chatted for a bit and, quickly and intuitively, LIV by Au Lit became a sponsor on Final Fashion and we planned a festive social event to introduce Joanna to some of my favourite stylists, writers and bloggers.  It was a great success – everyone hit it off exactly as I expected, because Joanna is a fascinating woman with a beautiful shop full of lovely things.

Joanna generously gave me a copy of her novel that night – You Made Me Love You.  Once I picked it up I was drawn right into the story, set in a familiar city, and didn’t put it down, connecting to the vulnerability and honesty of the characters.

I am forever grateful that Final Fashion connects me to  entrepreneurial, creative people like Joanna – and I asked her a few questions about those qualities.

What is it about a particular designer or garment that makes you say “that’s so LIV!” – what is it that essential quality you look for when you are selecting merchandise for the store?

There are a few key qualities in a line that truly embody the LIV style. We are always striving in both home decor and fashion for products that manage to be both casual and sophisticated at the same time. We call it ‘livable luxury.’ Whether it’s the softest cotton loungewear from James Perse or American Vintage, or the gauzy, washed linen dresses in a palette of neutral colours from France’s La Fee Maraboutée, there is definitely a distinctly LIV style.

The neighborhood that LIV by Au Lit is in is a lovely one, its easy to get to from downtown and yet offers an utterly different feeling. For those who have never been, what makes Avenue and Eglinton a destination?

Avenue and Eglinton is primarily an amazing fashion destination. LIV is surrounded by TNT, Bella, Honey, Sense of Independence and numerous other incredible clothing boutiques. And when you’re done shopping, you can have a fresh-baked treat at Phipps Bakery.

The LIV blog is one of the liveliest shop blogs I’ve ever seen – you’ve recruited an established local outfit blogger, the lovely Marta from With Love… to model the wares at LIV, as well as contributing your own updates. What are your thoughts on the fashion blogging experience so far?

I am loving our blog…I love contributing to it with my random spiritual quotes or my weekly videos (on anything from pillows + duvets, to my favourite fashion trends of the season), but I also love following my other bloggers, Marta and Julie. They each bring their own personalities and interests to the LIV blog, and yet somehow, we all manage to maintain a cohesive LIV-esque tone.

You’re a novelist – and I’ve heard that retail is like theatre – do you agree with this? How is storytelling and shopkeeping alike – or not?

My experience in retail and writing are only alike in the sense that both allow me to be creative. My role at LIV (and Au Lit) is Creative Director, so I get to be involved in designing new collections, merchandising the stores, and buying…all creative endeavours, like writing fiction. I would say however that my experiences at the store definitely give me inspiration (read: great material) for my novels!

Your novel, You Made Me Love You is a truly candid, heartfelt story about family. How has your family influenced your life as an entrepreneur and a creative person?

My mother is the most creative person I know, and she is also a formidable entrepreneur. She started Au lit almost 30 years ago, when she was 39 years old, and has inspired me in my own career as both a writer and retailer. Her passion is being creative – in any forum. And that’s what she has passed on to me. I will never limit myself to just one or even two creative pursuits. The more the merrier I am.

boot love – Siobhan Magnus on American Idol

What a delightful surprise! On last night’s American Idol contestant Siobhan Magnus wore the Dr. Martens I designed. She looked super cute and sang one of my favourite Shania songs. Thanks so much to everyone who sent me a note about it!

a word from… April 10 Sponsors


A word from… is a monthly news post contributed by the sponsors who support Final Fashion. All of these sponsors are intrepid entrepreneurs with a lot of personality, and I encourage you to check out what they are doing and making. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please get in touch!

Vanessa from 18karat says…

Dino has been hard at work creating wonderful new pieces in time for spring – and just in time for the launch of the new 18Karat website, Now all of our lovely handcrafted gems are only a click away.

Crystal from Fashion Crimes says…

Fashion Crimes recently teamed up with the imaginative illustrator Glen Hanson once again, to create the limited edition prints for a retrospective party hosted by The Drake Hotel. Pam and Glenn go way back, back to the beginning in fact. He stylized some of the original artwork for the store, and so it was just the perfect idea to bring him on board to help celebrate 27 years of Fashion and Fabulousness. Glen was a presence himself, wearing leather pants, and an open blazer, sporting chains and edgy hardware on his wrists. The amazing artist’s creativity went beyond pen and paper.

It was the perfect way to end Toronto Fashion Week. The crew from Fashion Crimes and many guests sipped on cocktails named after dresses at the store, while they got to peak at some of Pam’s designs from past to present.  Pictures of the Drake Event are available to view on Peter Tucker’s Flickr!

Nina from the Toronto Fashion Incubator says…

May 10, 2010 – Develop the Right Product Line for your Clientele

Are you a retailer, accessory or apparel designer who wants to enhance your customers’ shopping experience? Discover an efficient buying structure to facilitate management and optimizes results.

Get your tickets now to attend this seminar to learn about:

  • How to identify your target clientele & how this applies to your product line
  • How to establish the best product mix
  • The best way to follow up on your results

Michel Côté Product Strategy, Consultant and Speaker

Meet Michel, a product strategist and consultant who has been part of the fashion and lifestyle industry for over 20 years. His experience in the areas of management, marketing, buying and product development helps him train designers, retailers and manufacturers to enhance their customers’ shopping experience. Discover his unique analyzing method that quickly identifies desirable product alignment.

Time: 5:30pm Doors open for Coffee & Networking, 6:00pm Seminar Presentation with Q&A
Toronto Fashion Incubator, 285 Manitoba Drive, Pod 3, Exhibition Place, Toronto


Ashley from Shopgirls says…

Shopgirls met Montreal-based designer Charlotte Hosten at Montreal Fashion Week and was immediately taken with her work. Her necklaces are a sublime melange of silk, glass beads, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and the occasional men’s shirt collar. Needless to say, each piece is one of a kind and worthy of any jewellery-lover’s collection!

what I wear – Biddell SS10 jacket

I went to visit OZ studios to chat with designer Evan Biddell about a project… and part of the deal was I got to pick a piece to take with me.  I didn’t even have to think about it – I wanted this jacket the instant I saw it.  Evan cautioned me when I picked it off the rack that it would eat me alive – and he said if I changed my mind I could go back and switch to something safer… forget it!  It feels hyperactive and powerful to wear, and it automatically takes a great pair of jeans and classic 1460s to a dressed-to-kill level. It has the gutsy hunger that I like so much about Biddell’s best designs.  I’ll bite.

event – TFI New Labels 2010

Every year, Toronto Fashion Incubator runs a competition for the most promising young designers in Canada.  The contestants are run through a series of judging panels over the course of six months, culminating in a runway show at the ELLE show.  This year, sponsor Mattel heated up the competition by putting real money on it, a cash prize – $10,000 – amazing!

Anastasia Lomonova brought the drama with some really lavish dresses.  Anastasia was a classmate of mine for a couple years at Ryerson before taking off to Montreal and launching her label. Lots of texture and style – sometimes piled on, sometimes a lighter touch.  Its so neat to see someone’s style developed so far beyond fashion school.

House of Groves was leather, studs and riding crops, but the crowd really applauded when the full-skirted silhouette (lower right) came out – it seems like after so much tight and short, a great full skirt falling below the knee just feels like a breath of fresh air.

Diepo is lingerie transitioning towards cocktail – sort of night-to-later-that-night.  The runway was white and slick and all of the designers sent their models out in treacherous heels – so that all came to a head with the model on the lower-right – as she walked out her shoes seemed to literally fly off her feet and skid off both sides of the runway – you can see a gentleman picking it up in the background.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

Birds of North America brought the closest thing to colour that we saw that night – dusky navy blue, brown and burgundy.  The style of the dresses was more of the twee stuff that usually comes down New Labels runway in years past as opposed to the dominant theme of tough-sexy stuff we see this year. Maybe this shift in style is reflecting changes in the judging panel this year.  I often wonder, watching New Labels, whether the lengthy, involved judging process is a good thing – it seems to result in a certain homogenization among the contestants – or are our most promising Canadian designers really so alike?  The lack of statement colour on the runway was a bit disappointing – are we afraid of colour?

Paris Li‘s collection showed some sharp tailoring and some pretty sophisticated looks that suggest dressing for success.  Over all, all of the designers showed really chic, wearable designs – and perhaps the similarities make it a bit fairer to judge each designer against the other – but then again, at the end of the show, I couldn’t really think of which designer had really raised the bar. It reminded me a bit of the Press Breakfast at Holt Renfrew recently which was similar in the monotony of hues. When so much about fashion is personality, I wonder why designers don’t try more aggressively to differentiate themselves from one another.  Or are the designer really just catering their wares to the tastes of their curators? Either way, it leaves me with a taste for something more.

Lastly, each designer showed a few LBD looks made especially for their sponsor, Barbie.  These were all fun looks and here at least, all the blackness was part of the brief.

Anastasia Lomonova, House of Groves, Diepo, Birds of North America, Paris Li.

This year’s New Labels winner is Anastasia Lomonova – congratulations!  Thanks so much to Faulhaber and the TFI for inviting me to cover the event.

tearsheets – Chatelaine July 1958

A couple weekends ago I was spending a sunny spring Sunday perusing the antique market at Saint Lawrence Market in Toronto.  I’m always on the lookout for old fashion magazines but was having no luck – the closest I came was a few tattered copies of Chatelaine from the late fifties and early sixties.  Considering their awful condition, I picked them up for a buck each and got more than my money’s worth of entertainment.

Chatelaine isn’t a fashion magazine – it is a women’s magazine.  Most of the articles in these issues were evocative of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique – much discussion of marriage, motherhood and mental health, feathering the nest, and of course many recipes using time-saving preparations (i.e. boatloads of Jello) and devices.

The delightful thing about Chatelaine is the Canadian-ness of it.   The article about the Royal Family’s health is much like spending time with your monarchist Canadian Nana who is naturally concerned about everyone’s health.  I also dug the dismissive review of CBC TV’s summer lineup – “a most unpromising list it is”, along with a suggestion to listen to CBC radio instead – my usual station.  Plus, the Canadian short fiction is timeless and delightful.

The minimal fashion coverage is very DIY – fun verging on tacky-crazy.  You can click this scan to read the copy.

The ads are much more beautiful than the editorial content, although all seem to focus on keeping house. The idea of being showered with an abundance of appliances is reflected even in the single fashion editorial, which I didn’t scan because it was so boring – “Loads of Style – Little Work: Chatelaine Institute popped these pretty Canadian fashions in the washer-dryer, gave them a touch-up with the iron — and THEN we took the photographs“.

The ads for personal products are the most peculiar things in the whole magazine.  The Kotex belt… Lysol is a douche?? Click this scan to read the copy.  “Millions of women douche with “Lysol” . . . because a “Lysol” douche gives a sense of complete daintiness.”

This was the best fashion image in this issue – and you know what Chatelaine?  I would make this from a pattern.  Its cute, eh?

Evan Biddell and Refinery at FAT

Evan Biddell is a designer with a flair for showmanship, and he is a designer who excels at notice-me clothes being worn by beautiful, confident women.  For his show at FAT, he teamed up with vintage dealer Refinery to notch the volume up using vintage clothing as materials – and better yet, he got his most outgoing friends to model the clothes. Pastel Supernova opened the show, and set the tone for a cast ready to steal the spotlight.

This is the kind of show that FAT does best – the models are fiercely unique, cartwheeling for the cameras.

Usually Biddell’s friends sit front row at his shows, and this time they had assigned seats too – mind you assigned with playful nicknames – which they strutted past.

“Sunny with a chance of Gail” had the most wonderful outrageous outfit, and turned the cameras on the audience for a change.

For the curtain call the enthusiastic models all took their seats and applauded their outfitters.

… and they stayed in their seats to watch the next show.  Somehow Biddell managed to pack the most memorable runway moments into a short fashion show that I have ever seen.  Cheers to all the lovely models for a job well done.

speaking to the past – my penguin mashup

Inspired by Douglas Coupland’s Penguin cover missives to the year 1935, and commenter Alexandra’s encouragement to make my own. I think it would have been a bestseller 75 years ago, eh?

By the way, I am usually classified as a Miranda (according to the internet quizzes, anyways), though I would much rather be a Carrie if I get to choose.  I would rather think I have Carrie’s impulsive creativity tempered by Miranda’s dour pragmatism. I often wonder, do we get to choose? What is it about categorizing women by these four archetypes that fascinates us so much?

fashion illustrated – social fabric

I was invited to add a own contribution to the Textile Museum of Canada‘s new online space, Social Fabric.  This is a design for a mola inspired by my workspace. When you visit the site, you can view and zoom in close to many of the museum’s most fascinating artifacts, and submit your own comments and responses.