Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Scrappy Dress Form, psst....it's my SIZE!!!

Last fall, I sort of went crazy looking for a dress form...I looked on the net, I called stores, I tried wedding dress boutiques for a broken mannequin.... I tried everything, but no one seemed to have one to sell, throw out, give away, etc. I was about to give up, when I was driving past a plus size ladies store, I stopped in to ask, what could it hurt. The manager was rude and said no, they do not give them away or sell dress forms, they destroy them! OK, well that was useless. A young sales clerk handed me her number and said call me.
I did and she offered me her dress forms, her boyfriend had salvaged them from the dumpster out back and they no longer needed them....AWESOME!!
Now, I'm not allowed to show you the before pictures because I promised her I wouldn't (logo on them), so here is the finished pictures.

It's a size 14 (now I'm really a 16 right now, but working my way down!!).
I used vintage (25yrs) dictionary  pages and Gold Glimmer Modpodge to cover it with.

I watered down the Modpodge to make it easier to work with, it makes the form glow. I had fun with the pages, putting the definition of "First Base" on her upper right breast, hahah!
This is the other form she gave me, it's a size 14 bust! I did the same with this one and it's perfect for showing off jewelery or scarves. Notice my newest creation, apparently they are all the rage, those ribbon pearl necklaces.
That necklace cost $2 to make!! and about 45 minutes of my time. Love it so much I am going to make another in red.
I usually stand it on a stool when I want to work on altering something, I'm quite happy with the results.
So I kinds liked that I was saved from dumpster diving myself for one, thanks for generous and kind strangers.

I'll be linking to these great blogs,


Transformation Thursday

Chic on a Shoestring DecoratingThe Shabby Nest

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Cheers,
Viviana

10 comments:

Marilyn said...

Don't know why people can't be nice & just say I'm sorry we are not allowed to sell that item. So glad you got one!! Looks vintage & you did a great job!
Have a Great Day!!
Marilyn

Nelly said...

I love them I have been wanting something similar so may have to start asking as well.Love what you have done with them too

Rebecca said...

Awesome they look fantastic. You are so supper talented. I like your first base comment lol. Love the birds and bird cage on your wall too.Congrats on the weight loss too.

Dayhomemama said...

Thanks ladies, I had fun decoupaging them, you should see the other body parts, they have meaningful words too, hehe!
The birds and bird cage are actually from Dollarama ($2 for all of the decals there)...every room in my house has decals, they make decorating way more fun.

Cathe Holden said...

Fun story, BEAUTIFUL results!!! Thanks for sharing them!

Pam said...

They look great. That's silly that they would destroy them. What's the point?

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

They came out great- love the vintagey decoupaged finish~Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :)

WobiSobi said...

LOve this dress form. I am so glad you were able to get it. What you did looks amazing!!

April said...

Looks great! How crazy to destroy them when plenty of people would pay for a used one! ~April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy

KTbee said...

idk why the lady had to be rude. she could have just politely told you she's not allowed to, just like you politely asked. hrmph.

thank goodness for sweet people like the girl that gave these to you though. they are gorgeous! i'm gonna start asking around in my area for one now! so cool!

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