My vintage (full figured) manikin had a white stretchy fabric over the main hard foam bodice.  Not very pretty; but functional in her day when used for dress making.  I wanted to create an interesting design that would provide a beautiful backdrop for displaying clothing & jewelry.  I don’t sew, but I do decoupage!

I gathered together a few sheets of brown stamped paper that I bought on a recent trip to the Island, cutting them all into random strips & sizes & applied to the bodice in a random format using a brush & Elmer’s glue.  The key to good adhesion is working out as many air bubbles as possible using your fingers to push from the centre out in all directions.

Once dry, I used a clear coat to seal it all.  A very rewarding project.  She looks SO much better.  Now I need to make her a skirt.  Considering I don’t sew; that could be interesting….




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