I’ve been wanting a dressmaker’s form for some time. I thought not only would it be a great conversational, vintage piece to have in my craft room (my house is full of vintage pieces–from grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers alike) but also functional as well–a great place to display my completed projects and even store those in progress.
I began the search on Etsy and was immediately discouraged–those that I could find were out of my price range or required too much repair. I searched Pinterest and found useful guides on how to create my own, but there was something about the idea of wrapping myself in bubblewrap and duct tape that I found less than appealing. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on a mission to the four large antique showrooms in our city and on our first trip I found just what I was looking for, but I didn’t feel I could make the commitment quite yet.
Enter my parents…who live down the street. They decided they were going to go on an adventure of their own, negotiate and haggle with the store owner and bring me home a dressmaker’s form (all unbeknownst to myself or my husband…they’re sneaky like that!). The one they found in the best condition is that of a girl’s frame but that’s fine with me–I don’t plan on using it to make clothes but rather display my projects. I’m so excited!
But like any woman made of iron, she’s aged a bit and requires a make-over, err “rust removal” experience. Stay tuned for the results of her treatment (courtesy of my husband’s handyman skills) and a contest, too!