Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form + Meet Coco! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form + Meet Coco!

You might have wondered what happened to Jade (my first duct tape dress form) ever since I made Lily, my new duct tape dress form, with my new tutorial!  Well, honestly she sat in a corner slowly falling apart...  :(  Very sad.  Well, she got a new makeover and I gave her a new name...

Meet Coco!  As you might have noticed, the last two names were named after the color of the tape I used: Jade was green and Lily is white.  Therefore, I wanted to think of a name that would evoke a brown or tan color, and Coco came to mind.  Not only is that the perfect name for my theme, but I love that it reminds me of Coco Chanel!

Make sure to check out the tutorial on how to make your own decoupaged dress form below plus some detailed pictures.  Enjoy!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


By the way, I am not sure how this would work on other dress form surfaces or as a functioning dress form, but this is meant to be more of a decorative piece since I already have Lily.  I am so looking forward to displaying this in my new guest bedroom craft room!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Just a couple of pictures before we get to the tutorial.  Last I left you, Jade was slightly falling apart since I did not stuff or tape her properly.  By the time I picked her up from the corner, the seam had completely fallen apart.  Yeesh!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


My niece was over, so she helped me!  First, we taped up the back with short sections, and then we placed a long strip up and down the "spine," which I forgot to photograph.

Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Then, we re-stuffed her full, sealed up the bottom (including where the original coat rack went through), and covered her with white duct tape.  Good as new, but I wanted to "dress her up."   That's where the decoupaging technique came in.  Remember when I saw the decoupaged dress form when I went vintage shopping?  Total inspiration!  :)


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Let's get to the tutorial now!

Decoupaged Dress Form Tutorial

Supplies
  • Dress form (or follow this tutorial to make your own)
  • Hanger
  • Fleece strips
  • Scrap of fabric, to cover hanger
  • Sewing patterns (made of tissue pattern paper)
  • Application brushes or sponges

Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Steps

1.  Cover the hanger with strips of fleece.  Mine were scraps from this jacket!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


2.  Make a simple tube of fabric with one closed side.  I used scrap fabric from this vest!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


3.  Shimmy the tube of fabric on to the hanger.


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


4.  Now gather your supplies.  I planned out where I wanted a few of the sewing pattern pieces to lie on the final dress form, so I placed them on the bottom of the pile.  Remember, you will be working from bottom to top, and you will probably want two to three layers of sewing patterns to "hide" your duct tape.


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


5.  Working very slowly and gently, adhere the sewing pattern pieces with the Mod Podge, making sure not to rip the paper.  You will want to moisten the paper by dabbing the glue on with the brush, but do not use a sweeping motion or put on too much glue.  Of course, it can all be fixed by layering on another piece of pattern paper!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


And that's it!  Personally, I used a couple of old patterns that were left behind by someone in the sewing class.  Two were for a quilt and doll clothes, and there other one was for a very ugly top.  But no one will ever know because I think it looks fantastic!


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Yet another upcycled project that I am totally excited about.  :)


What do you think?  Will you make your own decoupaged dress form?


Meet Coco + Tutorial: Decoupaged Dress Form on Diane's Vintage Zest!




11 comments:

  1. I made one out of duct tape a couple of years ago, but it is nowhere near as nice as yours!

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  2. It's beautiful Diane! I love the idea of using old sewing patterns for decoupage.

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  3. Oh my goodness...what a neat idea! :)

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

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  4. O, my gosh, I love this. I want a dress form so badly. It's on my list to make for sure. PINNING.

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  5. Great tutorial! Pinning!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Hope you will join us again on Saturday morning!

    ~ Ashley

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  6. Thanks so much! Well you can see what kind of shape it WAS in!

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  7. Thanks so much! I'd love to see if you make this. Let me know if you do! :)

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  8. Wow, I never would have guessed that the base form was created from duct tape, how creative !

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  9. I know! Even better than I was imagining. :)

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