March 11, 2013

Dressed up and ready to party

For a long time I had wanted to give my dress form a makeover. She didn’t look bad with her dark brown stand and the light yellow body, but I was looking for a more vintage look. When I read about the Dress Form Ball at The Polka Dot Closet, I was motivated to finally alter my girl and give her a new outfit as well. She had been wearing her lace curtain skirt for too long already. After painting her wooden parts, coffee-staining her body and soldering the rim around her “head”, I started to sew a dress. Well, sort of. It’s not finished in the back, only pinned. I don’t have experience in sewing clothes and didn’t want to spend too much time to make the dress fit. Besides, this way it will be easier for me, to use the fabric pieces later on for other projects, when it’s time for a new outfit for her. She better keeps her unfinished back in mind and always stands close to a wall, lol.

Vintage Inspired Dress Form
Vintage Inspired Dress Form Vintage Inspired Dress Form

I embellished her lace belt with some strips of tulle, a fabric rose and a Paris lettering, found at The Graphics Fairy.
 Lace Belt with Fabric Rose

On the skirt I added some laces, fabrics, buttons and another French graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

Skirt with Laces

She’s literally wearing a necklace which I had embellished with some Mother of Pearl buttons.

Lace Necklace

The longer I worked on my girl, the more I found it necessary to give her a name. After considering several lovely names, I finally went back to my first thought and called her Maybel.
Maybel says a big “Thank You” to Carol to for hosting the ball. She’s so happy to eventually have a new outfit and a name.

Dress with Lace

Now Maybel, go and have some fun at the
Dress Form Ball at The Polka Dot Closet
and the following parties as well:
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground



Angela Richardson said...

Oh Julia, Maybel is delightful and I'm sure she will be the 'Belle' of the ball.
Now you can put 'dress designer' on your list of accomplishments. I love her.

Minna Perälä said...

Dear Julia, What a beauty! I love your dress form. All the creamy shades in the dress, laces and pearls - simply stunning!!!

Dorthe said...

My dearest Julia,
Maybel is so, most beautiful and lovely dressed .
Her skirt is gorgeous , and I love the necklace with pearlmutter buttons.Also the lace belt is beautiful and so romantic , she could almost be a spring bride!
What a fantastic ball dress you have created, sweetie.
Hugs and love from Dorthe with kys og knus.

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh my goodness Julia - you have indeed created a new "belle" for the Dress Form Ball. What a most incredible dress you have created for Maybel - love the creamy shades, beautiful necklace embellished with pearl buttons, beautiful lace on the bodice, the fabric and tulle rose on the waist, the graphic on her dress along with the crazy arranged laces.
She will be a real "eye stopper" at the ball. Have fun. I will be visiting too but promise not to look behind at the finishing touches (or lack of LOL!).
Sending much love and big hugs,

Lululiz said...

Maybel is going to be the Belle of the Ball for sure, she is a stunning looking young lady. I love the outfit you created for her. xx

Diane said...

Very pretty.....Love the laces.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello dear Julia,
your Maybel looks simply gorgeous:)
Love the outfit you created for her - real pretty and tres chic.
Sending big hugs,

Sue @ Miss Phoebes Perch said...

Maybel looks beautiful. You have inspired me to do something with my tired old gal! Thanks for sharing!!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Hello Julie! Your Maybel is so lovely!! You are so creative!

I just realized I had two vintage dresses I could have dressed mine in, Richard's aunt's wedding gown and bridesmaid dress!! DUH!!!! Next time!

I hope you have a wonderful week!


Curtains in My Tree said...

Your gal looks very good and very stylish also

I am joining in at the ball also

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Wow! She is stunning! I love all your embellishments! See you at the ball!

AppleApricot Wen said...

She's gorgeous Julia! The princess of the ball. Hugs and happy week, Wendy

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm saying yes to this dress! Maybel is stunning in her gown even though she has to keep her backside to the wall...that sounds familiar. I love her pretty lace collar and belt. I hope she enjoys herself.

Leanne said...

Wow! Julia, you made that? For someone with no experience in making clothes it looks like the real deal!!!

Bente said...

Oh, Maybel is just gorgeous.

Have a great day

fa bienne said...

so so lovely!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Well, that explains it...When she got off the carriage she hurried over and has been standing by the wall ever since lol!! Oh, but you should have heard the gasp of the guests, she got out of the carriage! They were all a twitter about her Paris belt, her gorgeous necklace, and her beautiful skirt!! You have outdone your self, the coffee staining is perfect and the pictures are gorgeous! Thank you SOOO much for attending the ball! I promise to return Maybel safe and sound when the ball is over!


Ana said...

Hi Julia,
Maybel looks absolutely beautiful in her new dress. I love, love love, her Paris belt. So chic.


Linda Sadler said...

Maybel is adorable with her new finery-love the vintage lace accents!She looks very elegant!

Ann said...

So pretty. Perfect embellishments.

Jayne said...

You have really created something special for Maybel, she really does look beautiful, I love her whole outfit. She will be the belle of the ball. jayne x

Alexandra said...

Du lebst ja noch ;)
Dein Püppchen hast du wirklich zauberhaft dekoriert, besonders ihr Spitzenkragen hat es mir angetan und die schöne Blume die du ihr angesteckt hast....
liebe Grüße Alexandra

P.S.... denk immer daran das wir hier sch... Wetter und Schnee haben und es bei dir bestimmt schon wieder schön warm ist und überhaupt macht es gar keinen Spaß bei der Kälte über den Flohmarkt zu laufen.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

Oh how very glamorous Maybel is and love her pretty dress and all the gorgeous embellishments.
She could walk the red carpet at the Oscars.

Wishing you a happy week

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Julia,
Maybel is simply stunning. Her dress and accessories are gorgeous. I know she is the belle of the Ball and having a fabulous time.
Have fun.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Createology said...

This is such fun to meet all the ladies attending the ball and their creators. Maybel is lovely and her outfit is fantastic...even if she has to keep her back to the wall a bit. Dancing the night away...

Anneke said...

dear Julia.
i am realy speakless to see maybel.
she is gorgeous and her outfit is awesome and you did a great job with making these dress.
you are realy talented.
have a nice week and hugs to you.
ps, the photo,s are beautiful

CatieAn said...

you transformed her so beautifully. I am sure she was the 'belle of the ball'

Beansieleigh said...

Maybel looks wonderful! For little sewing experience, such as you say??.. The outfit you've made her looks beautiful!! (And what others don't know, won't hurt them!).. Very nice to meet you, Julia, via The Dress Form Ball today! ~tina

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

Doesn't Maybel look beautiful, you did a great job...I hope Maybel get to spend time with Lucy (it's her first time at the ball). So much fun! See you soon, Di@Cottage-wishes

lizzielous said...

I just love Maybel. She is just so beautiful!

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Love the embellishments! So nicely done. ; )

Mary Lindsay said...

Wow ! She is looking so lovely and the dress is beautiful. I too dress up my vintage mannequin, she was looking all Christmassy with her red froufrou skirt and loads of Christmas jewels and crown, now she is dressed in her belly dancing outfit and soon she will be in her 50's dress and matching sun glasses for her spring look. I knew I wasn't the only one who dressed their girls

Carole said...

Oh my dear Julia, I LOVE Maybe!!! The vintage lace is stunning and I meant to mention last time that I absolutely adore your Lace Hearts. What can I say, except you brighten my day. Carole xox

Nanna said...

love all the details that went into getting her ready for the Ball, she is stunning!

Anonymous said...

I am astounded at the beauty before me. To actually create a dress for your dressform and not only that, to create a necklace, oh it is just so beautiful.
The graphics are so perfect, in fact everything is perfection - can you tell I adore this?!!!!

20 North Ora said...

Maybel is lovely and oh so ready for the ball! Love all of her vintage lace and trim.


Kathy said...

Your girl is a real beauty and I am happy to have found your blog. I am your newest follower.

Mom E. said...


Little Miss Maggie said...

Maybel is stunning. Beautiful and elegant.

Unknown said...

Oh My gosh girl... that is just stunning! Just fantastic!!!



So nice dress form and wonderful dress ! I'm pleased to be your newest French follower !
xoxo from PARIS

Debbi said...

ahhhh, she is sooo elegant! we are gonna have fun at the ball!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Oh Julia - I am swooning all over your blog. How sweet is this? Gorgeous! Such a springy site to see on a cold winter day here in Michigan!

Laurie said...

She's lovely -- I adore what you did with the skirt and the graphic belt!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Julia, are you kidding?? You can't sew but yet you have Maybel's beautiful dress to show for it? I don't believe it. She looks so pretty and I think you did a fantastic job of aging her. I wish someone would have done that great of job on aging me!!! Funny our girls have very similar names. Mabel was my grandmother's name and I have her gold pin that spells it out and it is pinned to an old hanky on the apron pocket, hence she is forever known as Mabel. But, my grandfather always called her May Belle. My mom always said he was a silly old man and putting on aires..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Julia, it's me again. I peeked back a bit and love what you do so now I'm your newest follower..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Maybel is just gorgeous!

Rostrose said...

Oh Julia, Julia, du hast dich mal wieder selber übertroffen! Auch wenn das Kleid vielleicht hinten nicht "fertig" ist sieht es schöner aus als manches Teil, das von Hollywoodladies über den roten Teppich getragen wird, und bestimmt würde auch manche Braut vor Neid erblassen, sähe sie dieses Prachtstück an der feschen Maybel! Ich bin begeistert!
Lass dich von mir feste drücken - und den Tierchens gib bitte dei allerliebsten Öhrchenkrauler!
Viele Küschelbüschel, Traude

vitadrömmarobusigabarn said...

Beautiful pictures!
Have a nice friday

Pagnin Pamela said...

è di una tale bellezza!!!

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Liebe Julia,
Du meine Güte! Ist Dein Mädchen hübsch geworden. Ein super schönes Kleidchen hast Du ihr gemacht. Ein Traum meiner eigenen Mädchenzeit. Bis ins letzte Detail voller zauberhafter Ideen.
Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende. Viele liebe Grüße aus dem immer noch klirrend kalten Norddeutschland,

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh my goodness, she's gorgeous!!!

Debi said...

Hi Julia! Maybel is gorgeous! I love the belt....well I love all of her! Hard to believe that is all pinned on. Beautiful! I'm sure was a hit at the ball!

You both have a great weekend! :)


Boxwood Cottage said...

So jetzt komme ich zu Deinem letzten Post mit dieser sensationellen Verwandlung Deiner Schneiderpuppe, die aussieht wie eine Märchenbraut so schön! Die Idee den Hals noch zu umlöten ist ja wohl wieder nur genial! Eventuell muss ich das bei Gelegenheit mal nachmachen. Bisher habe ich an meiner Schneiderpuppe nicht viel gemacht, das sie ja bis auf den Hals, den mein Paps mir gedrechselt hat, echt schon sehr alt ist, aber Du hast mich inspiriert! Die Rosen im Ausschnitt finde ich auch super schön! Ohne die anderen Ballschönheiten gesehen zu haben bin ich davon überzeugt, dass Deine die schönste von allen ist!

debi said...

Maybel is stunning! You did a fabulous job!

Anonymous said...

Hallo Julia,

Wow ... sie sieht toll aus

Jetzt braucht sie wirklich nicht mit dem Rücken gegen die Wand stehen.
Sie ist allerdings ein echter Vintage Dame geworden. Wirklich super nett !!

Ich kann mich durchaus vorstellen, dass du immer mehr Spaß an sie bekamst,sobald du mit Ihr beschäftigt warst !!
Genießen ist es, wenn alles fertig ist!
Vor allem, wenn es ist hausgemacht!!

Liefs Thea ♥