This lovely, extremely shabby, old girl was FREE!!!! YES FREE! Now I know all you bloggers out there are feeling my elation here! Nothing else quite screams vintage shabby chic like an old dress form. I have been hunting for one for about 3 years but I never could find one under $200. I just happened to hear another vendor in the antiques mall talk about trashing this old one in her garage so of course I could not let that happen! That bronze color is absolutely perfect in our living room too.
I'll admit she does look like she has seen better days underneath all her lovely embellishements. She is duct taped in a few places and as you can see she is beautifully cracked and peeling, all shabby and tattered---- just the way we vintage junkies love our stuff!
I love dressing her up! If you followed my Halloween blog you might remember that large lace collar that I used to mimic a ghost when draped over my dining room chair. Recently I found the other doilie collar and that AMAZING pearl choker at the flea market for a dollar! The choker is in near perfect condition and dates to the 1920's. I topped it off with a gorgeous handmade bracelet by my best friend, Amanda Clark. She is using vintage jewelry to create unique "new" jewelry. I absolutely had to have this bracelet just for use in my decorating! She is going to be using items I find during my junking and thrifting excursions in her creations and I will be selling some of them in my booth.
Here I am displaying the dressform on a gorgeous antique stool. As you can see its a bit rough but it has lots of possibilities. I had intended to paint the wood and change the fabric but its such a pretty vintage pattern and material that I think I may try to clean it somehow instead and leave the wood dark since its still in really good shape, especially since I have so many other projects on the to-do list.
I do have another vintage dress form in my booth that I am going to do another post on when I get a chance, but I am going to get started on my Spring and Easter posts next. I can't wait for all the parties coming up this week! See you soon!