This post completely not sewing related, but is important for me because I am not rich.
I have gone to a few markets now and would love to have a toddler sized dress form or mannequin to show off a dress or two since they always look better on something than on the hanger.
I looked at a few online and, well, I don't have the money to shell out a hundred or two for a dress form or mannequin. That being the case, I took matters into my own hands and made my own.
Well, it's not really a mannequin, more a dress holder stand thing. But it works the same to display the dresses. I have five now for the trade show on Saturday at West Edmonton Mall.
Wanna make one? Here's how.
You need dowels and a flat heavy-ish bottom. I got mine from the dollar store.
Cut the dowels to the height you need and the width. For a size 4T dress my dowel is 26" and the crossing dowel is 12".
Paint them if you want.
I did because I think it looks more finished than the bare wood. I suppose you could stain them for an even better look, but the bases I got are not real wood and so I don't think they would stain well.
Make holes in the bases the same size as the dowel. Mine were 5/16th dowels.
Make a notch in the dowel that will fit in the base. The notch is for the dowel that will go across the top.
I tried it with the drill bit, but, yeah, it kinda didn't work so well and I had to touch up the paint.
Add a dab of glue. I used hot glue, but I think wood glue would work better.
Lay the second dowel across the glue and let it dry. Then wrap the joint up with twine or a coloured embroidery thread or something just to hold it in place, and you are done!
It's not a full bodied dress form or mannequin, but it works to hold the dress up for display!