For years I have been salivating over the idea of purchasing a vintage dress form. At the going rate of $500, I simply couldn’t bring myself to do it. Seriously though…look at these pictures! Aren’t they gorgeous? A vintage dress form has the ability to add an air of chic sophistication to a room. I. HAD. TO. HAVE. ONE.
I was doing my usual “I’m just going to browse through images of them and lust” dance, when I had an epiphany. Couldn’t I….make one? After all, I “age” everything else. Why couldn’t I do the same with a dress form? I began browsing retail display stores online and found a dress form for around $50. I decided to take the gamble and purchased it. I knew I also wanted one for little G’s room, so I went ahead and purchased a toddler sized form for her as well.
This is what the dress form looked like upon the arrival. (Pardon the poor lighting, these photos were taken at night.)
First, I needed to age the fabric. I did this by creating a concoction of tea (I used 10 bags of black tea) and added coffee grounds. I let it sit for a bit, then painted the “tea-coffee” concoction all over both dress forms. I went to the Graphics Fairy’s website and downloaded some perfect French-vintage images to transfer onto the fabric of the dress form. After that, I used stain and watered-down paint to make the forms look very, very aged. Last, I painted the wooden stands (which were glossy and modern) with matte, muted shades to make the piece truly feel old. When I was done, I couldn’t believe they were even the same dress forms that had just been delivered.
And the toddler size dress form turned out perfectly. It got a little pink tutu and instantly brought the room to a new level.
See? Anything is possible with paint and a little creativity.
On a side note…I was browsing through the photos and right after the “dress form” photos were these sweet pictures that I just had to share. (I went into labor 3 days after making these dress forms….I may have been overdoing it just a tad.) 🙂