Antique Dress Forms are beautiful pieces of art and history. If you search the internet you will
see many variations of antique dress forms. Allow me to share one of mine with you. My
latest project. A wise man recently told me to take time to hobby, relax, think, enjoy. This is
what I have been up to in listening to his advice.
Ms Clara Mae was one of the most talented sewing people in our country community. This
week her son asked me to repair (sew) something for him. We talked while I worked. He
asked me about the props and body form pieces I have in my office. I explained to him what
I use them for and how I got them. Each having their own story. He mentioned his Mom’s
was ruined and in the shed at his sisters. My response was HORROR! She would be so
I finished mending the item for him and we decided to go look at the old sewing body
form. I could only shake my head, such a shame. She loved to sew, quilt and can fruit
and vegetables. He loaded it into my truck and gave it to me. I promised to fix it and
take good care of it. This began my latest project. Restoring-repairing-making this beautiful
piece of history into a useful item in my office. And, yes, you WILL notice it in a photo
now and then in my store listings! I used it in one already, have you spotted it?
Sharing the photos with you taken along my journey as I relaxed focused, thought.
The top is cardboard thick but much damage. Metal pole and a cast iron very detailed
base. First I metal brushed down the metal. Then cleaned. Next I started paper Mache
repairing and filling in the damaged areas. Following that with a coat of brown bag Mache
work. Some aging techniques to the paper and oiling the metal which will be carefully
heat fired tomorrow. Here it is. One saved piece of history that is greatly appreciated and
will be used much during my lifetime. She is smiling down from heaven and her son is
going to smile when he sees it!
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