33 going on 3

i’ve mentioned many times before about just how much i love paper dolls. in case you still don’t know, the answer is: A LOT.

as i grow older, unfortunately there are less and less paper dolls in the world, but the good news is, there are other ways to indulge in my lifelong hobby. one of them is by finding a fabric that has paper doll print.

i’ve made this once when i was lucky enough to get it, and some time after that i found another paper doll fabric. this one is from a collection called “Aunt Lindy’s Paper Dolls” by the Sibling Arts Studios for Blue Hills Fabrics. however, i only found a small piece of it, so i had to use it very carefully.

as always, after waiting several years, i finally found the right pattern and idea on how to make it work. the pattern is from Burda Style magazine, pattern no. 115 from the April 2014 issue.


picture borrowed from BurdaStyle.com, all the copyrights belong to them.

and by making it work, i of course meant combining it with another fabric. seems like it’s all i’ve been doing lately. :p but that’s just how i can use my old fabrics, so it’s a good thing!

the end result looks like this:


self-made blouse, Lindex shorts.

the other fabric i used was also cotton, though it’s more of a twill cotton rather than a patchwork cotton like the paper doll fabric. it was fairly quick to make, and i like the result, too. the only down side about this is that since i made it using cotton, the wrap-over parts sometimes get stuck with each other and create weird creases in the wrong places. but i still love it!

i’ve actually finished making this way before my trip to Riga & Stockholm, and even wore it there. it was such a perfect blouse for a rainy summer day, when the weather can’t decide whether it wants to be cold or hot.


a closeup look at the print

though i just turned 33 a few days ago, when i look at the clothes i have & wear i sometimes can’t help feeling like i’m really just turning 3. i mean, who would wear clothes with paper doll patterns?? *raises hand* –> see?

so in order to make myself look more like my actual age, i decided to put on a red lipstick.



all my life, i was under the impression that wearing a red lipstick makes my darkish skin complexion look even darker. i don’t know why it mattered so much even if it was true, but that was why i never had any other lipstick colour in my whole life but pastel colours, anything as close as possible to my actual lip colour. i have one dark purple lipstick from my gothic days, but that’s about it.

i don’t know what got into me, but for the past month i suddenly want to paint my lips red. i guess i’m tired of the usual me i see in the mirror everyday. so what if my skin looks darker? some people even get jealous of my permanently tanned skin, so i say let’s embrace it!

since i’m only trying out this new lip colour, i thought it was better for me to start with something cheap. so i got mine from Gina Tricot for a mere 6€. i personally think it works the charm.

or do i still look like a 3 year old playing with her paper dolls?


7 thoughts on “33 going on 3

    • “Baca artikel ini pun nggak bikin gue berani pake lipstik merah.” –> abis baca blog gue (dan liat fotonya) masih tetep belom berani juga? 😀 hihihih.. tergantung pake baju apa juga sih kyknya, but i think i can now see that ppl with darker complexions actually have more privilege in this matter. i think it could easily look too much if a person with lighter complexion wears red lipstick, if worn with also bright coloured clothes.

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