Sunday, March 10, 2013


When I got her she was partially covered
with dirty white medical tape
I had no idea what I was abt to uncover
(of course I didn't think
to take photos until
after I started to rehab her)

she was definitely cracked up

I spackled her together 
over a couple of days

then sanded her smooth
and reapplied more spackle as needed

She was very long and I only
wanted a short mannequin
so my hsb cut her off and 
mounted her on an old
broken ashtray base 
we had

After that I took torn  computer paper
crumpled it up and modpodgd it
on Lily.

This took a few days
and I did it very randomly

Making sure the wrinkles
and imperfections were present

I coated her with a watered down
white acrylic paint

Then sponged on a watered down
linen colored 
acrylic paint

it gave it just enough contrast
and a weathered
down look 

I tried to make sure 
to get in every nook and cranny

 I followed up w 2 coats of matte

The next step
was to add some bling

and viola
Lily is now
a fashion model.....

I am thinking abt making a muslin ruffled
skirt to hang more necklaces from

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  1. Lily is gorgeous!!! What a lot of work, but she is perfect.....Why she's a fashion model! I am so glad she came to the ball!


  2. Hi Jo, What a great transformation. Looks like you had a vintage form for sure. It is fantastic cut down and standing with the old ashtray stand. What a great idea. You are very talented and thank you for sharing your process. Lovely blog and I so enjoyed my visit.
    Have fun at the Ball.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  3. Hi
    I am coming over from the Ball for a visit

    Your gal has gone through a lot and looks so much better now

    yes add more necklaces to her

    Nice to find you

  4. Lovely! Love the bling you added at the end!


  5. Wow, Jo, you really had to give Lily a makeover to get her to this point! She looks lovely and your hard work paid off.

  6. Hi Jo,
    You did a fabulous job on Lily. Quite the transformation. She looks great.


  7. Wow now that is a transformation and improvement. Lily is lovely. I hope you post a photo of the skirt with necklaces display. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  8. Wow what a lot of work you put into it! Great job - so great that you were able to give it a new life!

  9. I LOVE this!!! The work you put into your dress form makes it all the more special, I just KNOW! Lily looks beautiful!... Nice to meet you, Jo, via The Dress Form Ball today! ~tina

  10. Great job! You made a miraculous transformation with her. Love the ruffle idea and the ashtray base use.

  11. You did a great job patching her up. It is like you were her makeup specialist or more like a plastic surgeon! I am sure you will dress her to the nines. My lady, Lucy is dressed up and ready to meet and greet Di@Cottage-wishes

  12. Lily, is absolutely fabulous! I would never have thought to use spackle. Definitely inspiring!

    Cathy ♥

  13. your long & hard work paid off, she looks great! I wouldn't of thought she could of been spared with the shape she was in lol ! but you did a fantastic job! gives me hope for when I see one in the Antique Malls now lol!

  14. Love the way as it turned : so nice ! I'm pleased to be your newest French follower !
    xoxo from PARIS

  15. You did a fantastic job on Lily! Hope she is enjoying the ball!


  16. Jo, Lily is gorgeous. She looks fab with her new make-over!

  17. Wow! what a transformation. Love the make-over!
    Ball hopping.
    Thank you for sharing with us.

  18. Hi Jo!

    Love what you did to your mannequin! Amazing how you were able to save her. I love how you used the ashtray stand. Very creative idea. Lots of work you put into her, but was so worth it after seeing her transformation. Love it!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  19. Your hard work on this really shows -- she's lovely!