If you don't have a dress form, make your self one with duct tape! I've always wanted to do this. Instructions here!
Closeup of fine lace and netting behind it~
A rare sketch of Walter Plunkett's original design for the robe...
My robe as I found it on eBay.
I sewed the lace and tulle on by hand. I wish I could afford fine lace and net!
I also have a torso dress form.
Displayed on the form is an antique velvet waist from the 1870's. It is the MOST LUCIOUS velvet ever. They certainly don't make things like they used to. I believe it to be silk. Here is a slideshow featuring it on yet another form made of wire. You will also see a bustle gown from the period which the waist would've been worn with. The peice used to be heavily beaded. I wish I could've seen her in all of her glory.
Here is one of my prized possessions, an antique period gown from 1910. It is made of aqua moire taffeta. Beautiful tissue silk draping, pearls, lace, and faux flowers. It has some repairs to make at the shoulders, but other than that she is in excellent condition~sans a few pearls here and there. It has steel boning and an attached silk petticoat. These are old scans, but you can see more details of the gown in this slideshow.
I musn't forget to show you Scarlett's "Shame" gown. I think it's my favorite. Here it is in the works.
I love embellishing pre-made dresses.
Here's what the dress looked like before. I got it for $25 on eBay. Ripped off the sleeves and added the stones. The train is just pinned in the pic, need to sew that and add feathers and she's good to go. It's more red than the film version but that's ok for the price!
"And put on plenty of rouge, I want you to look your part tonight!" She's so beautiful here,
I'm sure I could bore you with more, (such as Rose's Tea dress from Titanic), but before I go I'll show you a pic of my mannequin. She's kinda spooky, and about 7ft. tall. She was nekkid, but I threw this vintage plastic apron on her for now. Like her "Rose" wig?
Then I walked around the house with camera in hand and was surpised to see how many other little dress forms I had.
My newest addition to my GWTW collection. Kevin's cousin surprised me with this.
Tiffany, I hope this helps your husband to see how much these gals mean to us. Thank you for hosting "Show Me Your Form". Nadia is a true gem of a find, enjoy her! I look forward to meeting Miss Kitty.