Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Decked Out for the Dress Form Ball

My gals are all decked out in jewelry and ready to party over at The Polka Dot Closet for Carol's Dress Form Ball.  These ladies aren't shy; they're more likely to be seen wearing nothing but jewelry.

These four partygoers were brought to life with the use of patterns and a vintage linen table runner.  I first introduced them in a Mod Podge post in September 2010.

I used the thicker directions from a vintage pattern to dress up this plain plastic flea market find.  I never wanted to sell her until someone came along and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Seller's remorse set in soon after that; I wish I still had her.

This is Emerald.  She stands about 15" tall and is always seen wearing her green velvet jumpsuit.  She's actually very heavy for her size, although you wouldn't know it with that skinny little waist.  Her jumpsuit can be unzipped in back and removed if she ever needs a change of clothes.

This paper mache lady (no name) is only 16" tall, but she does a good job displaying necklaces.  

Ms. Adjust-O-Matic is one of my favorites even though she has some issues.
 Don't we all.
I keep her in my studio wearing nothing more than a vintage lace collar and a simple belt.  She's 30" tall and about 5' tall with her collapsible stand.

I don't usually use her stand when she's working at an antique show because the slightest breeze will knock her right over.
She's seen here wearing a vintage yo-yo quilt skirt.  Can you see her skinny legs sticking out at the bottom?

Meet Nana.  
Nana is the most versatile of all my mannequins because she has a Styrofoam-like core.  I found her at a garage sale about five years ago and I'm never letting her go.  She's 22" tall and about 32" tall with her removable stand.
She's wearing her stand in this picture because it allows me to display more necklaces.

Nana is learning to be a bit more modest.  She now wears a vintage lace dresser scarf over her shoulders along with a lace belt with a rhinestone buckle.


  1. Hi Betsy! I really enjoyed your fun, fun, blog post. Such great photos and ideas. I haven't heard about the party you are going to...I may crash it if I can get my little dress form "dressed up" in time.

  2. Oh, how I love them all. Lucky you.. I love the use of old patterns..so perfect.

  3. You have same great dress forms! I spotted one the other day, didn't ask him how much, afraid to, LOL, but I think I will next time I go in. Only thing is she is kind of wonky . . .


  4. A yo yo skirt!!!! Hot utterly Boho chic!

  5. You have some very fashionable ladies.:-D I gave up on trying to find one without paying an arm and a leg. Really don't have a good place for one anyway. Really like the one you sold.

  6. Oh Betsy they are gorgeous! I am not surprised someone made you an offer you couldn't refuse, people are always in our antique mall looking for dress forms. I will try to hold the men back, I am sure they will be like bees to honey with the form wearing the bow tie LOL! Thank you so much for letting all of the girls attend the Dress Form Ball!


  7. Really like the look with the lace draped over the shoulders! Popping in from Carol's dress form party to say hi!

  8. So many adorable ways to feature your gorgeous treasures! Love them all, and I think my fave has to be Ms. Adjustomatic, even with her figure issues. I can relate!

  9. Oh Miss Betsy, what a great collection of dress forms you have!
    I absolutely adore Nana, but the Adjust-O-Matic really speaks to my heart with all her issues, I can sooooo relate. lol
    About a decade ago, when I first saw the dress form of my dreams, they ran for about $150 to $200 and I just couldn't see myself paying that much. Now, they run for about $350-$450. Makes me sad that I didn't splurge for one back then. Ni modo! (that means oh well in Spanish). lol
    I'm off to check out Carol's party!


  10. Your dress forms are perfect for displaying your beautiful jewelry. So cute that you named most of them!!!

  11. Love the yoyo skirt. Wonderful dress forms and I love the vintage jewelry they wear. You have a great collection. So enjoyed my visit here and have fun at the ball.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  12. They are all so very lovely, thank you for sharing them with us!!

    Have a great night!


  13. Wonderful collection and I too love the one that got away, right down to her dress made of pattern instructions. How-ev-uh, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Ms. Adjust-o-matic. She is great!

  14. OH these are all awesome, Betsy..and so perfect with your beautiful jewelry! Thanks for your sweet comment about my girl, too!

  15. I really like how you used the pattern paper to cover some of your dress forms! They all look so sweet!

  16. your dress forms are wonderful! thank you for sharing!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  17. What a wonderful group of beautiful girls you have! It looks like they are all very hard working, in addition to being beautiful.

  18. Great idea using patterns. I'm in the market for a form myself. I'll look at those plastic ones a little differently next time. Love the trinkets adorning those lovely ladies too.

  19. I love all of your beautiful dress forms and how you display all of your funky jewelry!

  20. Love your collection!! They all have their own personality don't they?!

  21. Ah to be an uninhibited as your Ladies... wearing nothing but our Jewelry! *Winks* Alas, I'm at that Season of Life now where that would be very traumatic for the casual onlooker and sear an image in their psyche that only tons of therapy might relieve?! *LOL*

    The Dress Form Ball is such a Fun Blog Party, my Mannequin Triplets attended and it was great to see all the Mannequin Divas strutting their stuff... with or without clothing. *Smiles*

    Happy Valentine's Day from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  22. The girls all look great. I hang my head in shame because my girl is standing in my room and she is still naked and not happy about it.

  23. Hi there, I love all your dress forms. I am determined this year to get an adult size to do up for my studio. I hope you have a very lovely Valentine's day. What a fun party this has been.


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