On WOYWW day I saw the coolest dress form, altered in a spectacular way, by Bella. I urge you to go see hers cause mine is a very poor imitation. OK, well not really an imitation except in the sense that it is also a dress form, sort of. I just loved hers but of course I had not full size dress form, and no place to put one even if I did make it. But it got me wondering if it would be possible to create a 3D dress form out of cardstock.
Funnily enough, the other day, while hunting for something completely unrelated (possibly loom band stuff, I can’t quite recall how I got there, and by there I mean a Pinterest board) I had seen a cardboard necklace display that now leapt into my mind as a possible solution. I had to hunt for it, and never did find the Pinterest board, but the photo here looks just like what I remember. Problem is, there wasn’t then, nor now, an actual template. DOH! The first step was to grab my curvy ruler and draw one out. I could see the shape well enough to get close.
The proportions aren’t quite the same for mine but they are close enough. Mine is made of a sheet of quite stiff A4 card, but what you see above is actually my attempt to create half of the form on an A4 sheet so I could make a bigger one at some point, and figure out how to alter it so it can lay flush against the wall.
I was really in to it, and my camera batteries were dead, and DH had unplugged the charger so he could plug-in the back-up disk so I could only sneak a few shots before the darn thing died totally. But here it is. No sense of perspective, really, but the box=pleat skirt is folded from two 6 x 12 strips of scrapbooking paper, to give you and idea.
The wings were cut on the Cricut in black then lined with a soft green glitter adhesive sheet – I thought the colour went well with the green from the London A to Z pages that I decoupaged over the form. The little house reminded me of olde-worlde London terrace blocks but are actually one of my Zetti stamps – the one where I split the stamp, removing the eyes that were originally part of it.
Th gears are tin foil, adhered to cardboard and alcohol inked. It’s an X-cut set. The stand is an old candlestick. Poor thing, she is very flat-chested, but making 3D paper boobies was completely beyond me.
You can see the back is laced and the skirt is attached to the inside core of a roll of glue dots. I always save them, so handy.
Overall I am happy with it – for what it is. Considering I made it from stuff I had kicking around, I think it is looking good so far. I feel like it needs something else – a quote or some text, maybe, or an actual necklace or maybe flowers?? Not sure, but that seems to be a trend – I am riddled with indecision lately, never sure which way to go with things. I might just shuttle it aside for now and look over to it for a bit and see if I get inspired. Maybe tidy up my office AGAIN – that always reveals stuff that is hidden or buried and often I get an idea when I unearth it. Well see.
I’ve had a go and taking my drawn template and making it digital, but am struggling to make those curvy lines look smooth. but if I get it to the point I think it’s OK, I’ll add it. I might just add the hand drawn one, warts and all, or re-draw it cleaner. Or maybe just keep looking. surely there must be a template put there for download….