Introducing Emi!

Emi, the new doll. She has light skin with yellow undertones, dark brown eyes and brown hair gathered up in a bun, with bangs and two curls around her ears. She is wearing a sleeveless gown with a sweetheart neckline. The bodice is white satin with a subtle scroll pattern,  and the skirt is sparkly all over and starts off sky blue, then gradually turns into dark blue at the hem. It's gathered into folds at the hips, while the front of the dress appears flat. There's a golden belt with a scroll pattern, and at the center is a magenta gem surrounded by a ring of pearls. There's also a gold circlet decorated with a magenta gem and two pearls.Meet Emi, my third doll! I’m happy with how she turned out, even though the dolls are always a lot more work than I anticipate. She is intended to be Japanese or have Japanese ancestry, and her name is pronounced like “Amy,” not “Emmy.” I’m glad to have her join Mia and Leyla, and I hope to do a better job of getting new dolls out! (One a month may have been overly optimistic.)

One thing to note about the PDFs: I was asked to provide a doll with less revealing underwear, so I put a dress on the base dolls. Most of the outfits will work fine with this dress, and given my propensity for drawing outfits that use a lot of virtual fabric, those that prefer the more modest doll base will probably be able to enjoy most of the things I draw. I made the original underwear pretty minimal so I can do more interesting mermaid designs without worrying that the underwear would show, and any mermaid designs I do will not take the dress into account. Each PDF for the dolls now contains both versions, and I’ll also separate the dolls from the dresses and have them available as Gumroad downloads.

I feel like I want to try to get ahead this month, so that I have posts ready to go before it’s time to post them and I can concentrate on doing something fun for Halloween. It felt good when I was able to do that before, but then a week-long vacation wiped out my buffer. I’ll probably do several dresses in the same theme, to cut down on the research and design time. Help me choose the theme!

Next week you’ll probably see whatever wins the poll, or appears to be winning the poll when I get started! Don’t forget that you can now download combined color and black and white PDFs of all of my 2014 dolls and outfits for free! Also follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for sneak previews, paperdoll thoughts and lots of very pretty dresses. If you enjoy my work, I’d also appreciate your support through Patreon.

6 thoughts on “Introducing Emi!

  1. I think I like the dolls the best…looking at how different each character is even though they are the same base is really cool.
    I think I like this dress the best (of course that could be just because it’s new) out of the introducing dresses. I also really like this doll’s hairstyle.

  2. Dear Mrs. Kerr:

    As the 34th President of the United States, I, Dwight David Eisenhower, wanted to take a moment to weigh in on your poll. The best thing about the 1950s is that I was your president for most of it! The second-best thing about this hallowed decade is that the fashion of our American women and patriots was liberated – just as I liberated Europe some years prior.

    Like Mamie always says – if it doesn’t have two strings of pearls, it’s hardly a dress at all!

    I remain,

    Presidentially yours,


  3. I love the new doll! And the blues in her dress are marvelous!
    Thanks for the underwear alteration. I appreciate it.

    Can’t wait to see what wins the poll :)


  4. I love that you’re going to be making more dolls! How about a dark-haired/fair-skinned gal, or a rusty blonde? flowing locks are always AWESOME (b/c perfect ones are nearly impossible in real life) :)

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