New Look for Wire Mannequin

Wire dress form with Chicken Wire

Wire dress form with Chicken Wire

I have had a wire mannequin for awhile and never really used it to its potential. I believe that happened as it was simply uninspiring due to it being all made of twisted wires providing its shape. But when I saw this creation on the internet there was my inspiration. The skirt is made from chicken wire which makes a great armature when building larger pieces. If you needed a floor display or a large form, this would be a great way to go.

 

 

The wire mannequin I have stands about 25″ tall so it is good for a tabletop display. The form in the inspiration picture has a paper bodice. That is a great look but I needed something quick and easy so I planned on using plain muslin. Using dressmaker’s pattern tissue is also effective when embellishing dress forms. I have done that effectively with the plastic half-forms often seen in clothing stores hanging on a wall rack featuring blouses or sweaters.

My Wire Dress Form

My Wire Dress Form

 

I decided to use unbleached basket style coffee filters. I found using a single one at a time was better than making the pouf with two. I folded the filter in half and lightly scrunched it together forming a floral pouf. Then I twisted the center part together making something like a stem.  Because the dress form was open weave there were plenty of spaces to push the stem in. It was better to over-fill as it helped keep the poufs staying put and making the skirt full and fluffy.

Filter Pouf

Filter Pouf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of Skirt

Closeup of Skirt

 

 

 

As the filter poufs were just going to be a skirt, I stopped around the middle and found a vintage remnant from a pillow case. It fit just right so I used it for the bodice. I had some burlap ribbon to use as a sash and created a separate burlap ribbon bow. I finished with an embellishment of a rhinestone pin.

 

 

 

Skirt Almost Done

Skirt Almost Done

Finished Wire Mannequin

Finished Wire Mannequin

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