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Opening soon! I've got a little spot in a new shop opening in Scranton. My husband did so much work to help me revitalize some old garage doors and boxes to create my space.
Opening soon! I’ve got a little spot in a new shop opening in Scranton. My husband did so much work to help me revitalize some old garage doors and boxes to create my space.
No new materials used in the making of this booth! Except for an extension cord, light bulb, and a handful of brass screws to hang some vintage knobs.
No new materials used in the making of this booth! Except for an extension cord, light bulb, and a handful of brass screws to hang some vintage knobs. Murphy’s Oil Soap and Johnson’s Paste Wax are my new best friends.
With all the dark wood, and no light directly overhead, I snagged a vintage lamp at the flea market this past Sunday.
With all the dark wood, and no light directly overhead, I snagged a vintage lamp at the flea market this past Sunday to shed some light on the goods.

DIY Dress Form Done for Now

She's dressed and ready to go! I am pretty excited about her. Self love, perhaps? I don't know. Compared to what it looked like when I started, I am pleased with the results.
She’s dressed and ready to go! I am pretty excited about her. Self love, perhaps? I don’t know. Compared to what it looked like when I started, I am pleased with the results.
Here's a look under her skirt at the hardware I used from the original dress form. I couldn't find split rivets, which is what was used on the original. I found binding posts, which are probably better because I can remove them if needed.  Notice she is not stuffed. Turns out she doesn't need it now that I reinforced her inside and out with extra layers of the paper tape.
Here’s a look under her skirt at the hardware I used from the original dress form. I couldn’t find split rivets, which is what was used on the original. I found binding posts, which are probably better because I can remove them if needed.
Notice she is not stuffed. Turns out she doesn’t need it now that I reinforced her inside and out with extra layers of the paper tape.
For the neckline, I had to use the collar pieces upside down. Here's why. I closed off the shoulders, so there was no way for me to reach inside to tighten the screws otherwise.
For the neckline, I had to use the collar pieces upside down. Here’s why. I closed off the shoulders, so there was no way for me to reach inside to tighten the screws otherwise. The wooden knob sits lower this way, but I’ll figure out a spacer later if I want.
And on the outside, I used fender washers to give the paper a little more support.
And on the outside, I used fender washers to give the paper a little more support. I may need these inside, too. We’ll see. For now, I am considering this project complete. Spring shows are starting, so I probably won’t give her too much more attention for a while.

Progress on My Body Double

The original paperboard dress form has been deconstructed, but now without a lot of work. Lots of rusty screws, and the rivets through the paperboard were tough to remove. I plan to re-use some of the pieces, which are shown here, cleaned up by my husband. He even sanded and oiled the wooden knob for the top.
The original paperboard dress form has been deconstructed, but not without a lot of work. Lots of rusty screws, and the rivets through the paperboard were tough to remove. I plan to re-use some of the pieces, which are shown here, cleaned up by my husband. He even sanded and oiled the wooden knob for the top.
And, he cleaned up the base. This is really the best part, and the whole reason to go through such trouble. Old stuff is cooler than new. Usually. We are going to give the base a fresh coat of paint.
And, he cleaned up the base. This is really the best part, and the whole reason to go through such trouble. Old stuff is cooler than new. Usually. We are going to give the base a fresh coat of paint.
The other update on this project is a small breast augmentation. The original job was very lumpy, and I have read other people had the same problem. I took a small set of bikini top padded inserts, taped them on, and repapered over very carefully with small thin pieces. I think she's looking kind of fabulous. But, then again, I may be biased. :)
The other update on this project is a small breast augmentation. The original job was very lumpy, and I have read other people had the same problem. I took a small set of bikini top padded inserts, taped them on, and repapered over very carefully with small thin pieces. I think she’s looking kind of fabulous. But, then again, I may be biased. 🙂

My Body Double

I acquired this old dress form from my grandmother, who is now gone. The paper panels have deteriorated, but the cast iron stand is worth keeping.
I acquired this old dress form from my grandmother, who is now gone. The paper panels have deteriorated, but the cast iron stand is worth keeping.
I did some research regarding DIY projects to make a dress form, and settled on using paper packing tape wrapped around my body. Here I am, covered in a plastic bag, ready to go.
I did some research regarding DIY projects to make a dress form, and settled on using paper packing tape wrapped around my body. Here I am, covered in a plastic bag, ready to go.
After my husband covered me, he cut up the back, through the tape and bag. This is the initial result, which is kind of lumpy.
After my husband covered me, he cut up the back, through the tape and bag. This is the initial result, which is kind of lumpy.
I filled it with some washed stuffing from an old pillow to help it keep its shape while I taped up the back.
I filled it with some washed stuffing from an old pillow to help it keep its shape while I taped up the back.
Here I am. Sort of. She was very flimsy, so I continued to add more layers of tape to strengthen her and smooth out the lumps. As I went, I was able to add more stuffing.
She was very flimsy, but in one piece. I prepared to add more layers of tape to strengthen her and smooth out the lumps.
Starting to feel a little better about her shape, but need more stuffing. My leftover cashmere sweater scraps came in handy.
Starting to feel a little better about her shape, but needed more stuffing. My leftover cashmere sweater scraps came in handy. I did notice that as you stuff it, the stomach pushes out and the hips pull in. Funny how that didn’t happen with the breasts! Oh well.
Closing off the shoulders.
Closing off the shoulders.
And here she is at the end of the day. I'm not finished yet, but ran out of steam. My shoulders are crooked, and she's even more flat chested than I am! Now I need to decide what to cover her with and how to attach to that old stand.
And here she is at the end of the day. I’m not finished yet, but ran out of steam. Her shoulders are crooked, and she’s even more flat chested than I am! Now I need to decide what to cover her with (burlap?) and how to attach her to that old stand.