An ETSY customer recently asked me to create a Degas-inspired wire mannequin for her daughter’s bedroom. The colors were to be blush pink tones with a touch of soft gray. I was very intrigued with the custom order, particularly when the customer described the colors as being like a Degas painting. I have seen his ballerinas on canvas and I wanted to capture how I feel when I look at them. So I moved towards feminine, whisper sweet, and almost ethereal in choosing the materials for the wire dress form. The photos show the steps in creating the piece.
The bodice and gathered skirt were made from very pale pink tulle (which is softer than netting and is used for bridal veils). The bodice was fitted with two tucks in the front and carefully folded in the back to give it a finished look.
I gathered the separate skirt and fitted it around the mannequin’s waistline. A blush pink ribbon became the sash and a sassy big bow was added to the back along with two extra streamers.
To make the headpiece, I added blush pink-toned silk flowers and let them softly cascade down the shoulder. As I didn’t have any pale gray flowers, I made a few roses from ribbon I had.
I enjoyed the challenge of this custom-piece and felt good about the finished product. The mother sent me photos of my creation sitting on her daughter’s dresser in the beautifully appointed bedroom. Such a nice ending to my work.