We cut a doll out of cardboard. Initially I would draw the doll and cut it for them, but recently they have graduated to making their own people/dolls. Once the first one is made ALL dolls need to be traced from that one. Then the clothes will fit all the dolls in that "set."
To make clothes, the girls trace the cardboard doll. In the past we have had a doll just for tracing, as the neck always gets bent up and the head rips off. But this week my new laminator came from Amazon!!! It's pretty sad how excited this makes me! I laminated each of the dolls and cut close to the bodies. Then they are able to make clothes by tracing the doll without the doll falling apart.
So these are the dolls that started it all - they are over 15 years old. I'm totally embarassed by some of these styles - wow, the things I thought would be cool to wear, eek, shudder. :)