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Pollyanna On Speed
« on: July 15, 2010 04:11:41 AM »


I just purchased an old dressmakers mannequin from the SALVOS.
It needs to be recovered but it looks like there was, or should have been that yellow/orange foam padding (like in the ceiling of cars).
I want to recover it, but what kind of material? How?
and since the pins need to go into it what kind of padding can I use and do I glue it?

If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

« Last Edit: August 02, 2010 01:25:15 AM by Pollyanna On Speed » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Pollyanna On Speed
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2010 01:25:47 AM »


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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2010 04:55:19 PM »

I have that exact same dress form!  My mom bought it for $3 at a secondhand store about 12 years ago and its been my loyal companion ever since, but the nasty foam has turned all powdery and gross and its falling apart just like that.  Here's what I did:
I went to the salvation army and got a big (like xxl) stretchy velour dress, super cheap.  Then I put it un the dress form inside out and kind of pinned it to where it would be snug , then took it off and sewed it up.  I left the neck open but sewed the sleeve holes shut.  Since the velour is kind of plush, it can still be pinned onto, and since the dress was maroon it looks like it was made for the mannequin. 
here she is displaying a dress i made last year:

Most people that see her don't even realize shes ancient, since new dress forms are often that same color and the stretchy dress hugs her pretty well.  I hope this helped a bit!

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Pollyanna On Speed
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010 08:10:19 PM »

Thank you. That is a good idea.

Man, I was ripped off. I got this mannequin on sale but it was in a second hand store originally at $60.
But, I guess it is suply and demand, I haven't seen any around in years.
I was so excited when I found her (and I love that you refer to your mannequin as 'she'; my mum thought I was nuts when I talked about mine that way) I didn't realise her size, but I think she is more like a 'plus size' which I like. I've never seen one that wasn't a size 8
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010 12:15:01 PM »

all due respect, but with boobs like that she's not going to be an "it".

creative criticism always appreciated!
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Pollyanna On Speed
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010 04:30:48 PM »

Smiley Very true.
Pollyanna On Speed
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2010 03:29:29 AM »

Now to find something like a velour dress...
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