They came up in the comments on a recent post at Bag and a Beret - both Shelley and I mentioned being called Flatsy in our pubescence, a name that was trumpeted on TV commercials at the time thanks to the Flatsy doll and its taunting jingle: Flatsies, flatsies, they're flat and that's that - that's that!
Only a man would give them a name that's sure to torment early adolescent girls. Asshole.
I'm making more of my own flatsies - paper dolls - but I choose to call them Two-Dimensional Divas, avoiding even the shorter '2D' in case that makes anyone think of a bra size, albeit a freakish one.
Here's a Two-Dimensional Diva inspired by one of my fave television characters. Do you recognise her?
It's Elaine Benes from Seinfeld! Her wardrobe is so distinctive and I wanted to have it for myself.
Um, it's not really my size, but at least I can play with it.
This is what I started with - the 'Elaine' template I drew and the possibilities for her signature floral dress.
She really deserves an entire Elaine wardrobe, but I started with the one dress, ankle socks and loafers, blazer with big shoulders, and blue backpack. And of course, her big hair, which I made from lace.
I hope Elaine wouldn't get upset about my paper doll.