Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Altered Dress Form

Over the last couple of years I have been watching the altered dress form craze from a distance, always wanting to try my hand at it, but never really diving in. Well, I am happy to say that I have recently changed that. The creation of this dress form was an ad-lib project put together on a whim late one Sunday afternoon.


The dress form is hand drawn and cut from chipboard. The trunk is painted in a soft muted shade of peach and a rich chocolate was added to the base.


A big thank you goes out to Valita of Valita’s Designs and Fresh Folds for providing the bosomy bodice tutorial and also for providing the inspiration for this project. You can find the bodice directions HERE along with many of her inspirational designs. This gal is a creative genius and I am certain that you will agree. Thank you again, Valita!

The fabric that I used for the extra full bouffant skirt is called Peacock Collage and is from a line named Proud by Keri Beyer for In the Beginning Fabrics. I have been holding onto this fabric for quite a while, hoarding it like a crazed fabric junkie and afraid to cut into it because I love it so. Beneath the skirt is a flouncy tulle crinoline in a medium shade of mango.


The addition of miniature paper flowers, ribbon, and rhinestones provided the perfect finishing touches.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing my version of an altered dress form.

Take care!

Aloha!

21 comments:

Brenda is SO Blessed said...

love it!

valita said...

gorgeous dress! and thank heaps for the links back i do appreciate this very much :) hey you are very talented! i love your projects! Im now a follower :)

Montsemi said...

Es precioso!!! Un besazo guapa y feliz día.

Janlynn said...

I love your altered dress form. Thanks so much for all the info. I want to try to make one too.

FairyFiligree said...

She is ever so gorgeous! What are you planning to do with her? Will you be selling her?

Teresa said...

I had not heard of altered dress before but yours is so cute, guess I will have to google and take a look around. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Oh my gosh, that is so darn cute! The possibilites are truly endless. How cute would it be to make a bride and groom... Love it!

Jean said...

This is so cute....haven't seen one before but I can see how these could be addicting.

Janine said...

This is wonderfull.
Such a great idea, and wonderfully made.
Have a great day
Janine

deb said...

wow..awesome!!! LOVE your blog!

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Beautiful! love it!

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Kim D. said...

Your dress form is adorable! These seem to be very popular earring holders in the stores lately, how fun to make one with a fabric bouffant skirt. Love the bosomy bodice too.

Creando con graciela said...

Hola Arlette, amiga te visito desde ARGENTINA, me agrado muchisimo to espacio, me fascino cada cosita que vi, con el amor que esta elaborado, te felicito.
Desde SALTA, ARGENTINA te dejo mi admiración y mi amistad, un abrazo GRACIELA

Ildi-go said...

So pretty!

fatmonica said...

That's just fabulous!

Susan Wood said...

You have so many cute, clever ideas! I love your blog!

sweetiepie said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!

Carmen said...

I LOVE YOUR VERSION OF AN ALTERED DRESS FORM,IT IS BEAUTIFULL. YOU GAVE ME AN IDEA TO ALTER YOUR DRESS INTO A PINCUSHION. I SEE PINCUSHIONS IN EVERYTHING, I LOVE THEM.
LOVE YOUR BLOG.
GOD BLESS YOU

Sistu said...

this is adorable :)

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts/works are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)