Monday, February 18, 2013

Dress Form Ball...

Last year Carol held the 1st annual Dress Form Ball and I enjoyed it very much.  She is once again hostessing the 2nd annual Dress Form Ball.  You know Carol of Polka Dot Closet and her amazing creative talents.  Click her link and see what she has shared previously about dress forms and how to alter them.
So I have had this paper mache form for a couple of years just sitting and waiting for my attention.  I mentioned this to Judy of jfabrications and she promptly got me into action.  Judy is currently altering the most amazing forms and will be doing a wonderful display and sale at her local museum in Australia.   Here is a great video she shared on the making of dress forms.
This doesn't look right but you can access the link from Judy's blog I linked.

Here is my paper mache form.  It is table top and only about 12 inches tall.  I have a vision for this but just never got busy.  Thank you Judy for the push I needed.

I gathered my Mod Podge and dress maker pattern tissue.  You see the scissors but I ended up tearing most of the pieces as I liked the torn edge better than the sharp cut edges.

Here is my progress.  The form is now covered in pattern tissue and Mod Podge...very messy!  I will leave it to dry overnight or longer.  Now my muse will contemplate how to decorate this.  I am hoping to participate in Carol's Dress Form Ball this year.  Having a deadline helps me I hope.
I spent my day at the local Chamber hostessing the Visitor Center.  It got pretty busy as today was President's Day (I hesitate to say Holiday as that just doesn't seem fitting for our past presidents).  I love meeting and chatting with people who come to our little charming historic town. 
Rain and snow predicted for tomorrow.  Winter is definitely not over here in Northern California.
Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts.  I am grateful for my followers...each of you and your comments.  I read every one and "listen" to what you have to say.  Keeping my muse busy!


  1. Oh, Sherry...
    I'm intrigued! I'm going to have to check out the link for the Dress Form Ball and learn more. Thanks for sharing, by generous friend. I can't wait to see your total transformation of your dress form!

  2. Hi Sherry.I'm thrilled you are off to a flying start and have your girl all ready for dressing!.Yes, tearing the tissue is best I think.When the Modge Podge (I used Gel Medium), dries, the tissue straightens out, with very few wrinkles.

  3. think this is going to be a great challenge and we will all enjoy seeing what you do with your form.

  4. Ohhhhhhhhhh - I can't wait to see this done. I have an extremely old mannequin (late 1800's), and can't do anything to her, so I will live vicariously through you on this one! Happy Tuesday - XOXO Tanya

  5. There is something about these dress form, isn't there! 8)

  6. Sherry, it looks like you're having some nice, messy fun! Can't wait to see how you'll dress your lady. Hmmm, will she be Victorian? a Flapper? a Queen?

  7. I can't wait to see where you take this. I'm intrigued.
    Did you get snow?
    I keep waiting for it and it never showed. It hardly rain either. hmmm, maybe tonight?

  8. Dear Sherry, I saw something about this ball, somewhere, I think I will go read a little more, it sounds fun, and the start of your dressform, also looks fun -messy is fun-lol- and I will be here to see what you add next.
    We also have snow and storm here, and the winter dosen`t seem to so away with the first....

  9. Hi, Sherry! Don't you just love the challenge of a group project with a theme? It's amazing how many different variations people will come up with using the same parameters. Sort of like cooking. Give 20 people the same recipe and it will turn out 20 different ways! Looking forward to the progress of your dress form!

  10. Sherry I am totally intrigued with this and want to see all as you progress. I shall be checking out the site you mentioned. I want to thank you for your cheery comments while I was down and out so to speak. I am feeling much better (knock on wood) Tests came back normal so who knows what was causing the pain. But thanks dear friend for your sweet thoughts.
    We have snow just above us.

  11. Well, the rain and snow should keep you in to work on your dress form!! How cool!!! Can't wait to see the 'girl' when finished!

  12. Oh, that looks like such a fun dress form project! Hmm...

  13. Oh what a fabulous project. I can't wait to see how it progresses.

    I love your snowy photos above too. You live in such a picturesque location xx

  14. Like your minature dress form and how you are using tissue from paper patterns on it. Tried the various links but can find no info on the Dress Form Ball? Hugs Mrs A.


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