Tsia and I made this project together a while ago, but I don't think I've ever shown it to you.
I purchased a magnetic sheet at the art supply store, and then we enlarged the Oliver + S paper doll (which she knows is modelled after her. She and Todd were looking at the website one day when she pointed to the Bubble Dress and said, "I have that dress. Size 3. Fits me now!") and glued it to the magnet. Using tracing paper, I drew the outlines of clothes and copied them to the magnetic sheet. Then Tsia selected fabrics and papers for the outfits, and we glued the patterns to the clothing outlines, cut them out, and decorated them with trims and hand-drawn details.
We discovered that tissue paper makes great pleats and gathers, and we used little scraps of paper from magazines and catalogs for many of the clothes. Tsia likes to look through the scrap bin at the studio for fabric pieces, so she enjoyed selecting her favorites for dresses.
Once the clothes are made, you can layer them to create fun effects as well. Tsia likes to put the purple skirt underneath the red dress for a petticoat appearance.
I think it would be fun to make magnet dolls using photographs instead of the illustration. You'd just need to take a full-length photograph in good light, probably against a solid backdrop so it would be easier to cut out once the photo is enlarged and mounted on the magnet.
Tsia has obviously played with this one a lot; maybe we'll use a photo for the next one. Which, since the original is losing her head from so much handling, may be quite soon.