May 3, 2011

Where to Buy Dress Forms and How To Alter Them


While you wait for the day to score yourself a vintage dress form at an estate sale you can make a new one look old and save a ton of money in the process



This started out as a new $20.95 white form.  The back of the form is open and has a knob for adjusting the height.  It has a heavy solid acrylic base.


I Mod Podged on vintage sheet music 
(I have a love hate with Mod Podge...what a mess!)


I printed graphics from Graphics Fairy onto sheet music by putting sheet music in my printer instead of plain paper.  Then tore the sheet music and strategically placed the graphics.

  To age it I used walnut ink stand back and spray of fine mist over the the form and then pat with a dry cloth if there is any large blobs of ink


I hot glued vintage lace on the bottom and I have myself a vintage looking form



A form could be covered with wrapping paper, pattern paper, Or the artists out there could paint them..... Oohh I can see a form painted with some fabulous roses.   I covered this one with fabric dipped in starch.


You are all so creative the skies the limit on how you will transform a dress form 


OK, now where to purchase them.
  If you live in Orlando or Baltimore you are lucky enough to have a Barr Display store in town, but if not you can order online.

They have an online catalog, but it is difficult to use.  Even though I knew what I wanted I could not find it.  You might want to book mark this.


This is two parts, the form and the base.
  The form can be used alone and has a swivel hanger.
The form is $8.98 
The base is $12.00
The form and base are #8020 and come in black and white. Put #8020 into search
The shipping is actual cost and should be around $8-$10 (Shipping stays the same through Fed Ex if you order multiple forms)
Barr Display is the store. 

If you are interested in a full form with a swivel hanger
 it is #8030 and costs $9.95 

They also sell full dress forms with bases, look in the online catalog


Just so you know, Barr Display has no idea I exist.  I am just letting you know where I purchase my forms at a reasonable price.  If you would like to share your source we would love to know!


  I love the way they look in my booth and use them to display jewelry and vintage clothes.

As always I just love to throw out ideas to get your creative minds spinning and I see imitation as the best form of flattery.



Happy Creating!

Carol


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85 comments:

laurie said...

Oh my gosh this is wonderful,, I love this,,thankyou for sharing,,

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Carol ~
I love your dress forms ~
Thank you for sharing your ideas and also where you got them ~

xoxo
Lori

Cat & Cricket said...

Girl~ you need to start selling these beauties you create!
GORGEOUS I say!!!
Smiles~
Cat

Libby@LightoftheHome said...

Wow, I didn't know you could purchase those. I love the way you transform them! Thanks for the post! Found you through Wow Us Wednesdays!

Linda said...

Carol, these are SO fun! Thanks for the info and tutorial, too!

E said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing all the info, I like your idea of printing those great graphics onto the sheet music. The whole thing is just wonderful. E in TN

Sherrie said...

Gorgeousness! oh! ah! Love it!

Mary said...

Oh my gosh Carol, I have been wanting one of these which seems like forever.....Thank you so much for sharing! I am heading over there now! I love your idea with the sheet music and graphics...I so enjoy coming to your blog, you have the most wonderful creations!!! Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing! Mary

KarenSue said...

I'm going for sure! I love the printing graphics on the old music.
Thanks!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

These are so cool, Carol. I think it would be fun to have one to display costume jewelry. :D

Tynk said...

Good morning Carol, thanks so much for sharing your little secret! I'll have to check it out. I've only seen the wire ones at Hobby Lobby.. and I refuse to pay $50+. Thanks again, Sherri

mississippi artist said...

What a great idea, yours are so pretty. I like the ones with the sheetmusic.

sissie said...

Hi Carol!
Were you reading my mind?? I have been wanting to buy one of these forms forever and couldn't find one at a reasonable price. I love how you've embellished yours, especially the sheet music paper. Oh, you are so talented girl!

I'm gettin on it right now.

hugs
Sissie

Tina Eudora said...

Wow Carol you just keep out-doing yourself with wonderful ideas! I love to visit here and see what you are devising, your creativity knows no bounds. Thanks for another fabulous idea!
Tina xo

laxsupermom said...

Love your dress forms! Thanks for the step by step. Love the idea of printing out vintage style graphics on the sheet music! I had no idea dress forms could be so affordable. Thanks for sharing.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Carol,
You are just a wealth of creativeness...she is darling!
Got your comment about the trip up here and looking forward to it!!
Warmly,
deb

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, how terrific that looks. I would be the one to paint the roses on it, although I don't think it would look as good as yours. thanks for the source information.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Ah Carol I have been looking for a reasonably priced dress form forever!!!!!! You are just full of tips and tricks! Love what you've done with the dressforms too.

Hugs,
Jacalyn

Lisalulu said...

thank you, you are Miss Popular aren't you, as well you should be with all your fun creations!!!

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are gorgeous! I love them!

Stevie said...

These are beautiful!!! I have some mini ones I want to alter. They're so fun. Have a lovely day! xo

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

You come up with the most original ideas, Carol. I wouldn't have thought to order a new dress form nor would I thought of printing Graphics Fairy images right on the music. Nice!

Roselle said...

I love all of them. TU soooo much for giving away another tip. I am heading to that online catalog tonite!
I am like you...love but mostly hate mod podge. Ugh!
xo
Roselle

MELANIE said...

Carol....great minds think alike! Im still waiting to score my vintage one. But because Im doing a launch party for my jewelry line I need forms for my necklaces. I bought forms for $6...they dont have stands but hooks on the back and I covered it in dictionary pages. She is now loving known as my Book Worm Muse.

I love the different ways you altered them, I hope you will stop by and check out mine as well.

MJ
Lucky 7 Design

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Carol, Are you sick of me telling me how incredibally ... spelled right?? hmmm...
talented you are!!!
I hope not!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

I want one! She is a beauty!

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Carol-

You must had read my mind! I had recently bought a plastic dress form with the plans of doing this for my booth! I think I saw a photo in Mary Jane's Farm magazine? Love it! :)

-pamela

d e l i g h t said...

These are just wonderful! Love the one with sheet music! Thanks for sharing where to purchase them. Found you at Savvy Southern Style. I am a new follower. I invite you to visit my blog.

June@I will craft said...

Very nice. I love the tip about the walnut ink while wet to avoid beading.

I found a shirt form that I'm going to be working on soon. Since it is clear I think I'll use kraft paper and maybe pattern on top of the paper.

Jacque said...

Thanks for sharing this info! I have plans for a full dress form and I'm over to their store to check them out.

Have a great productive week!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Hi Carol,
Love what you did with the dress form. Your blog is adorable. Thanks for visiting me and becoming a follower. Thanks for all the compliments. I am about to join you as well.
Rosemary

Theresa said...

This is brilliant!! You are so sweet to pass on all of the info. about the store... I bet they look great in your booth Carol, I love the one with the music paper. Thank you for sharing all of the inside scoop! xoxoxo

Etcetorize said...

Sooooo pretty! I love the idea of printing graphics onto sheet music, just adds that extra touch of character to the form. Great project~

Rebecca said...

Fabulous girlyfriend...FABULOUS! I have a weakness for dress forms and mannequins. I almost can't pass one up. It's starting to feel like a department store in my home...EEEK!

xoRebecca

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I can't wait to do this! Thanks for such detailed instructions!

Sares said...

Oh my gosh Carol, these are so beautiful! Especially the sheet music form. I am definitely going to have to follow the link and check this out. They would be fun my booth too, probably to sell or possibly use to display scarves. Thanks!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your dressforms are gorgeous! I didn't see how it could get any better than the music sheeted one, but then you went and showed the starched roses one....sigh....DOUBLE Sigh....

I fabric-ed a full size dressform using spray adhesive for my mother a few Christmases ago and it was TONS of work, but she loves it. I have never tackled doing another one for myself but I do have a small collection of premade ones. You should look on my Past Blog Party tab under my blog header picture to go to the DressForm Party that I participated in to see mine!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Vicki said...

Carol this is AMAZING. Great job and thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

JaninaCakes said...

This is awesome, and is on my "wish list". Thank you for sharing your transformation.

Debbie said...

I don't even have nice things to display on it, and I would still want one just for me. I have to send this link to a lady I know who sells jewelry. Fabulous.

Jane said...

Hi Carol,
Great post!! Barr Display won't know what hit them :)
The dress form turned out awesome, I love the old sheet music. Thanks for all of the tips and for the information about where to purchase.
Have a great weekend.
Jane

Susan said...

You did a beautiful job! So many possibilities! I was in the market for a dress form a while ago and couldn't find one. I ended up making one from a floor lamp and various metal baskets. You can check it out if you want.
http://secondchancesbysusan.blogspot.com/2011/01/homemade-dress-form.html

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Those are so cool Carol. I missed this the other day. Lucy and I have been busy visiting pets and newbies this week. I really love this idea...I wonder if the hubs would mind this in our bedroom LOL...I think my boys would freak!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Carol~It's soo nice catching up with you. Looks like I've timed it perfectly to get a peek at your latest creations. what an amazing transformation...both beautiful with their own personalities. I would love one with the acrylic base, but didn't find that style at the website. I just purchased a small muslin jewelery form from ETSY...it was $60. This is definitely a more frugal option with a lovely outcome.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Carol, Yep...planning a wedding party on top of everything else and will be making and using vintage for a lot of the party decor. Love this form with that base! Thanks for sharing where you get them. How tall are they. I covered an old shelf mannequin with very vintage pattern pieces and put it in my booth. Thought it would sell right away but it hasn't yet. Funny about what you think will sell but doesn't. Happy Mother's Day.

Mary said...

Love what you did to both dress forms - really look vintage-y! Wish I was in Orlando, I would visit your booth instead of going to Disney World ;) priorities, right?! Thanks for sharing with us at Between Naps -

Mary
Redo 101

Phyllis said...

You have just given me the inspiration that I need to climb into my attic this week and bring down my husband's grandmother's dress form. It is ancient but not in the best of shape and really needs a makeover. The iron stand it is on has claw feet on rollers. THANK you for showing me how gorgeous it can be, hopefully!! I adore yours!!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness I just love, love,love these...I wish they were in my house!!
I am now a Follower, I love this blog too:)
Terry

Scarlett Fontaine said...

These are just fabulous!! You're so clever! Scarlett x

WynnieBee said...

Simply beautiful - I love this idea : D

WynnieBee said...

Carol would you mind if I snagged one of your photos for the dress form to show it off to my readers at WynnieBee.com? I started a new category called Check IT Out to give my readers links to new ideas on the web. Here's my email - thanks : D

wynniebee (at) gmail.com

abeachcottage said...

That is such a great idea. Love that you used sheet music, looks really nice. Thanks for sharing

francine said...

I LOVE these, I went on the site you suggested and put in the number, but nothing came up. Any suggestions?
Thanks

creatingme said...

Wow, this is just sooo sooo sooo beautiful!

Anonymous said...

MsJoyceG AKA sassyb95atyahoodotcom
Thought your price was reasonable .. until I looked around on the net .. Yikes $!29 was the cheapest and not as desireable as yours. Gonna think IF I HAVE SPACE for one. Yours are both WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing with us.
MsJoyceG

PEACHES said...

It never would have occurred to me to print on top of vintage paper. Genius!! And what is your source for $20 busts? That's crazy cheap. I need to look into that!
Great project :)

ANGIE said...

I just found your stunning dress form on the Graphics Fairy site. I love the flowered one and the beautiful dress (wedding dress?). I wish I lived close so I could buy one without the shipping.

Thanks so much for sharing. I had to become a Follower!

Angie

Anita said...

This is amazing! And yes I am always on the lookout for vintage dress forms...(they go for a small fortune on Ebay) THank-you I am going to dress a few up because I know people are going to want to buy my display!

Meadowlark said...

Done. Mine will look nowhere NEAR as wonderful as yours, but I'm trying it anyway. Plus, I told them they could thank you and sent the link.

Peace out

Anonymous said...

How very generous of you to share your info on this dress form. You mention your love/hate relationship with ModPodge. I have a suggestion--try Liquitex Gloss/Varnish. Here's how you use it: 1. wet paper in a saucer/flat bowl of water 'til it relaxes 2. Remove to gluing area and paint back of paper with Liquitex 3. apply to object being decoupaged 4. coat outside of image with Liquitex 4. smooth out air bubbles 5. Let dry. If you want to darken the paper being used, add walnut dye or antiquing medium to the Liquitex. (Your hands will get coated with the Liquitex, but it peels off. If dirty hands really distress you, work with close fitting latex gloves.) I don't like ModPodge because of it's consistency. This technique takes some practice, but the results are far superior. Another glue you can use is Elmer's school glue. The Elmer's has the advantage of being water soluble and being easy to clean off of your hands. However, it must then be coated with polyurethane.

smokeysmom said...

I LOVE the dress form with the vintage sheet music! And, thanks for sharing your source for the dress forms and stand (great prices!) - you are such a talented lady!

The Beach Lady said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea! Love it and can't wait to give it a try! Your blog is amazing and my head is spinning with ideas.

Prairie Home Cottage said...

I love it. Gonna do it. Wait until you see what comes out of my head!! oh la la!! But I can't find the base on their site, do you have a part number for it?

Judy (Distressed, But Not Forsaken) said...

I showed your altered dress form to a friend last night (she makes jewelry) so we are going to make several for her jewelry displays. We shared a booth at an arts/crafts fair last fall and she mentioned needing something to hang necklaces on. This is perfect! I'm a pianist so have lots of sheet music lying around. And I love Graphics Fairy. What a great idea! Thanks again.

joann said...

Enjoyed your blog.Thanks for sharing.I will stop in when I come down.

Lindsay said...

Thank you SO much for this article!! I've been looking for hours to find an affordable dress form for a display and I do NOT want to pay $100-$200 that I've been finding. This is PERFECT!!! Also, thanks for providing the part number, you were right, I couldn't find it the traditional way. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Leslie Todd said...

Really cool way to make a dress form! Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Carol,
I just received my dress form and am curious as to whether or not you did any prep work on the form before applying papers. I am anxious to get stared on it, but must get Christmas put away first! Now there's a goal to get crackin' for.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Anonymous, Nope no prep work, just get crackin, slap the mod podge onto the form and then lay the sheet music on and give another coat of mod podge on top, good luck!

Carol

Lionessak said...

Carol,
I love your dress forms, and better yet the awesome price! I'm glad you were generous and shared your step by step tut on how to create it. You're so talented, these are GORGEOUS!!!! I don't know how you could think that no one would show up to your link party??? You have sooo many followers who love your work and creativity! Too bad I don't even know how to blog/link or else I'd join the link party! :(

Donna said...

Hello -

This is my first visit and I love your site! I have been looking for dress forms for forever! Thank you for giving us a site to purchase one and how inexpensive it really is! Many I know have spent a lot more, much more than I was willing to pay for them!

I can't wait to come back when I have more time to come back again!

Blessings,
Donna

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

One word....


S T U N N I N G


ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

All your work is fantabulous!

Toni Elaine Tuck said...

I just love these....

Tire Swing Mom said...

I LOVE this sheet music form. Love it, love it, love it.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beautiful! Love the trim around the bottom
*hugs*deb

debi huntsman said...

Carol, your dressforms are gorgeous! I love the sheet music, AND the roses. Both are beautiful!

Bose said...

Wonderful and wobbly! this is called creative excellence!Purchase Forms

Baubles by Pam said...

thanks for the groovy idea. love it.
pam searles
www.baublesbypam.com

Elisabet said...

wowza Carol! This is awesome! You even gave us the links... you rock!
Hugs and Happy New Year!
Beth P

Pallas said...

I found you through Pinterest, and just love the dress form you antiqued. It is beautiful! Thank you for posting your source, and part #. I am going to order one and see what I can do with it. I sure hope I can make one as beautiful as yours.

Peggy Hale said...

Carol you are just the sweetest thing to share your source for these wonderful dress forms. Yours are totally gorgeous.

Hugs,
Peggy~PJH Designs

Peggy Hale said...

Carol,

Do you have a stock number for these. The cheapest one I see is like $65. Have they discontinued the ones you bought?

Thanks so much.

Peggy~PJH Designs

Rebecca Allen said...

Thank you for the tip on where to buy the reasonably priced form and stand.
I appreciate the generosity!

Jazzie Menagerie said...

Very nice! How did you finish the back? Is it still open?