Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thrifted Dress Form Remake

Isn't she beautiful. I first saw her at the thrift store last week but decided to purchase something else instead. She wasn't vintage and originally looked rather frumpy but there was something about her that got me thinking. Then, a week later, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with her if only she were still at the thrift store. I raced down there during my lunch hour and found her still sitting standing on the shelf.

I love the idea of a vintage dress form but I don't have the space nor the cash to own one. This dress form is not old and only about 25" high. It is the perfect size to use as a display.

Here she is all dressed up in her Easter finery. All of the lace is vintage. I rummaged through my mother's old jewelry and found some necklaces. Draped around her are some beautiful glass beads and a pearl necklace that might be real.

But to really appreciate her, you need to see what she looked like when I first bought her. Both the choice of fabric and lace (left photo) made this dress form look oddly misshapen but I saw potential.
I removed everything off of her, saving only the velvet around her neck and arm holes. Using the blue striped pieces as a pattern, I cut linen fabric to fit. I hot glued the fabric in place making sure to stretch it to fit the curves. This wasn't easy and the hot glue was really hot. I used vintage lace to cover all of the seams and then gussied her up for her photo shoot. Here she is re-dressed on the right. What do you think?

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33 comments:

  1. That is so beautiful! I love the beige/tan with white and roses. Gorgeous idea! Have a great weekend. Patty

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  2. What a nice size for display and a great transformation! She turned out beautiful--thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  3. Very unique! I love how you made the dress form very vintage with what you added to it. Very chic!

    You're more than welcome to link this up to my party: http://sunburntcowhandmadeshop.blogspot.com/2011/04/sunburnt-cow-link-party-6.html

    Cheers,
    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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  4. I love this! It looks wonderful! Your remake is so sweet!

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  5. Very cool Lynda- love seeing what you are up to. I could swear I was already following you but did it again. Hope you are well!

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  6. Hi Lynda,
    It is amazing what you did for this dress form.
    She is gorgeous now! Thanks for sharing her and her new Easter clothes at Treasure Hunt Thursday.
    Rhonda

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  7. WOW! - What a beautiful make-over! I really love the new look. It looks VINTAGE and very romantic now! Good job, Lynda :-)

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  8. I love her!!! She's awesome!!!

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  9. Wow - I love the changes you made! It really looks great.

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  10. What an interesting piece of work you did on that dress form. It is very pretty and looks like someone all dressed up for Easter.

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  11. I think she is BEAUTIFUL! And I hear you on how hot hot glue is....my finger is still healing from my massive burn!

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  12. Lovely transformation! I have a dress form that I use to hold my thrifted hats and decorative scarves. Fun and functional!

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  13. saw something like this on one of my favorite shows that features vintage ware there are so many things to do

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  14. She looks gorgeous! I'm surprised, with all her potential, that she was still there after a week. I would have definitely picked her up! If you get a chance, check out the dress form I made from thrifted items. http://secondchancesbysusan.blogspot.com/search/label/dress%20form

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  15. Well, your made her loos absolutely lovely for Easter! what a fun find. Thank you for joining TTF. Have a great weekend and Easter!

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  16. Looks great! I really need to get myself a dress form! Thanks for linking up to my Sew Crafty Party !

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  17. You never ceased to amazed me with your variety of wonderful projects. Where do you store these amazing projects?
    Happy Easter,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  18. Such a sweet redo for this dress form! Love all the pretty geraniums in the background too!

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  19. Love your dress form redo- it's darling and such pretty photos! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  20. Very nice! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays.
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/04/inspire-me-monday_25.html

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  21. I had the chance to scoop up a dress form at a church flea last year and missed out. I could kick myself now. Yours is awesome!
    I'm here from Met Monday and happy to be your newest follower. Stop by for a visit sometime.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  22. What a great find!!! And it looks lovely all dressed up! :) Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  23. Now that is cool. It's a great reminder of how little things can fuel creativity. Glad you bought her!

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  24. I love what you have done with it. You are so creative! JenT

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  25. Lynda, it's stunning. Your vision came to life so beautifully! I love the way you gave the modern dressmaker form a totally vintage look.

    Love it!

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  26. I've seen a fee dress forms in thrift shops or antiques stores. They were expensive "in the day". I want one too. Terah

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  27. I'm lovin' her makeover! I would love to have one! My parents recently were given an old dressform I would love to get my hands on...Thanks for linking last week (sorry so late!) :)

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  28. i love HER! you did the right thing, changing her "outfit". i love her newly vintage look!

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  29. I've always wanted a vintage dressform myself. I haven't found one that I consider "affordable" yet. But, I love what you've done to dress up this beauty.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  30. Apaixonante!

    Dolly

    http://maryamariah.blogspot.com

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