Dora's father owns a dressmaking shop in the bustling garment district of Toronto in the 1940s. Every day after school, ten-year-old Dora runs to help her father in the shop. As she works, she dreams of being a designer herself and dressing the soberly attired mannequins in her own beautiful creations. In Dora's imaginings, the mannequins seem to urge her on in her fantasy as Dora's busy father pays scant attention to daughter's activities. One late afteron after the shop has closed and while her father is working at his desk, Dora begins dressing up the mannequins. She uses remnants of bright cloth, ribbons and buttons that she finds lying around the shop floor, adding a bright scarf here and a sequin covered hat there. When her father suddenly decides they've stayed long eugh, Dora is forced to leave her gaily dressed mannequins in the window, with very unexpected results.