Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sewing Companion/Buddy

I bought Oriana five years ago at a local E-bay store $54.00. The owner of the store said that" it was made early 1900's". It has the original metal wire and rolling wheels.

The top (neck area) and muslin covering was soiled with spots and falling apart. It stayed in my sewing area (basement) waiting for me to bring it back to life. I read many article regarding how to cover a dress form, but for some unknown reason it seemed like a too much of a big challenge.

Well, I got tired of asking my hubby for help when I am trying to sew a blouse or a dress.
So last Tuesday I tore off the old covering, draped a lite layer of 100% natural cotton batting over the form and sewed a new dress onto the dress form.
On Wednesday I used synthetic batting (bought it years ago for a quilt and decided not to use it) from my to pad the waist, hip, etc.
On Thursday I draped a second layer of 100% cotton batting over the dress form and hand sewed a second covering.

It’s funny I have a swayback and you are not going to believe me, but the dress form also has a swayback, and the curve of my hips.
I followed the Zapp method of alteration and used black twill tape and black elastic from my stash to mark off the key areas.

Here she is my brought back to life sewing companion/buddy-
Ms Oriana

You might be wondering why I called my companion Oriana?. Well, the story goes like this: I was 14-years old when I saw a cruise ship sailed thru the Panama Canal for the first time. It was nighttime and ship's lights were bright and beautiful; Its name was Oriana.
For some unknown reason that name came to me after I finished the dress form. I felt happy after I saw the result of my work.
more laterrrrr


Faye Lewis said...

You are doing a great job with that. I really need to pad out my dress form - she is meerly a big clothes hanger right now.

Summerset said...

Awesome work reviving that dress form! That's too cool that it is just like you, too.

Unknown said...

Applause, applause! Job well done! And I *love* her name, thanks for sharing the story behind it.

Mariela Alethia said...

That you ladies for your encouraging story.

Umme Yusuf said...

You did an excellent job. I am sure it will come in very handy with your sewing. What a lovely name and story!

Sheila said...

That was a great price and you did a fab job revitalizing it. You will enjoy Oriana immensely.

Kathy said...

I LOVE IT!! what a good idea. You just gave me the inspiration to do the same to mine. It was molded to my mother's shape in the 1950s. Although it is WAY smaller than me, our neck to waist length is the same.

It's the first post on my blog..look at it and see if you think it can be done! Thanks.

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