Thursday, March 7, 2013

Introducing Miss Begonia


Introducing Miss Begonia!!

Miss Begonia has undergone a remodeling of her old body.  (Sure wish my old body looked like that).

I dug deep into my very favorite stash of old lace and trim to use on her.  I thought I could pin the trim on her but she had a knit covering - but it was over metal.  So.......

I started out sewing the doilies onto the knit cover but had to also use fabric glue and some hot glue.


I figure I probably have about 20 gazillion hours in on her but she was so worth it!


I had this long piece of this fringe.  It is silk thread and is woven.  I think it was the kind used on old vintage lampshades.

Then I took crystals from an old lamp and hooked around where the fringe was hanging.  This will definitely add a little more class!


I used a piece of vintage Venetian lace for her waistband.  The doily was scrunched up and added and topped with a silk flower.  I had gotten the flower at Michaels and it was off-white but still too white.

So, I mixed up instant coffee and hot water and put it in a spray bottle and misted it until I got it the color I wanted.


The neckline consists of about five different pieces of neck trim - ruffled voile, heavy embroidered lace and an ascot at the center.


In an effort to cover up the metal top piece, I got out my bag of vintage buttons and started gluing.  I tried to use the most unique and oldest ones I had, but ended up using whatever fit in the space.


Side view (she has no hips at all).


Other side (still no hips).


Back view....


Back view of the neckline.

So, we went from this:


To this:




Enjoy!

Till next time, Judy









92 comments:

  1. Judy-Judy-Judy, you can design a dress for me any ole time. Begonia looks gorgeous! xo

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  2. JUDY! She is beautiful!!! What a great job you did. I love her.

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  3. Hi Judy, Begonia is a very pretty gal.. You should add dress designing to your talents.. You did a beautiful job on Begonia's form.
    Have a great day.
    Charlotte in Va.

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  4. Wow! That is amazing! You did a fantastic job! Wow. It is certainly apparent that you are an artist. I think that should be the cover of your book!

    Cheery wave from
    Bev

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  5. Absolutely stunning transformation! No fair that she has no hips, though! I have some extra I'm more than happy to share with her.:-)

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  6. Hi Judy, Begonia is a very pretty gal.. You should add dress designing to your talents.. You did a beautiful job on Begonia's form.
    Have a great day.
    Charlotte in Va.

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  7. Judy, this is a masterpiece! I had no idea this is where you were going with your project. I just love it. Miss Begonia is probably very happy to be all dressed and and ready to go to the ball!

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. My eyes just landed on lace heaven. This is beautiful Judy!!

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  9. She is lovely. How creative you are!

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  10. oh my gosh gadzooks, Judy! she's amazing!!!!

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  11. Judy, Miss Begonia is beautiful! You are so creative.
    -Lynn

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  12. Dear Judy, she is magnificent. Your many many hours were certainly worth this elegant result. You will be have me out there looking for a dress form and I have no room for one. xo, Olive

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  13. Wow!!! That is amazing!! just amazing!!! you did a super job!!!

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  14. Miss Begonia is gorgeous, Judy! I love her beautiful doily outfit and her lovely button neck.

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  15. I love Miss Begonia. She is so stylish. You did a fabulous job!

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  16. Judy- Miss Begonia is a Beauty. You did a wonderful job dressing her- xo Diana

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  17. Judy she has turned from a plain Jane to a truly gorgeous Lady Begonia!!

    hugs, Linda

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  18. I am in love with Miss Begonia! She is showing off that vintage lace and svelte body!!!
    Rhonda

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  19. I love Little Miss Begonia. She's gorgeous, Judy.

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  20. Beautiful!!!!! I've posted my dolled up my dress forms too:) Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/03/brilliant-2013.html

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  21. She is gorgeous, dahling! We're going to have to start calling you Coco. J

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  22. Wow! What an amazing transformation! We'll be seeing you next on America's Top Designer!

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  23. visiting from redoux. This is fabulous. I absolutely adore it.

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  24. OH Judy, Begonia is so beauitful. I think she's the prettiest one I've ever seen. So elegant and classy. Love the contrasting colors. The lace around the waist is terrific.

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  25. Judy, this is STUNNING! You need to use this to enter parties and maybe as a part of your blog header! Fantastic job and such great vision!

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  26. Wow, she's absolutely beautiful! I love the details of the buttons and the crystals!

    Cathy ♥

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  27. She's stunning, Judy. You had your creative mojo working like crazy!! Beautiful work, my friend.

    xo
    Claudia

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  28. Guauu, impresionante!!!
    que bonito!

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  29. Judy, you have outdone even yourself!! What can I say besides, "Begonia is FABULOUS, DARLIN'!".

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  30. Oh my goodness. I have a vintage dress form I snagged for $10 and keep telling myself to dress her!! What a lovely lovely piece!
    Sure inspires me to haul out all my lovlies to use on her.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  31. WOW Judy, I missed that post - coming over from Debbie Doo's Pinterest (and Shannon's too). Pinned the transformed dresser form right away. LOVE it.
    Joy

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  32. whoops, that is visiting from http://www.commonground-do.com/ Common Ground.
    Joy

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  33. Hi, Judy! this is my first visit to your blog. I just want to tell you that I am literally applauding!!!!!! I have 3 dress forms in my dressing room, and I have been considering giving at least one of them a fancy makeover. THIS....THIS is a makeover! This is the cat's pajamas all tied up with a bow!!!! FABULOUS job! I especially like the crowing touch of the buttons around the neck! Even though my dress forms are a constant and painful reminder of how skinny I USED to be, I'm still really psyched now about doing something a little extra with them. Beautiful! Excellent!!!!! Have a great weekend!

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  34. Wow! I believe it took 20 gazillion hours!!

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  35. Absolutely gorgeous! If you designed a real dress that looked like that, someone would definitely buy it and after a gazillion hours, it would cost a pretty penny. Beautiful work! Best wishes, Tammy

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  36. Not that is amazing. I thought she had a wedding dress on. Beautiful work.

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  37. She's gorgeous! I love the buttons that you used around the neck area!

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  38. Wow Judy! She turned out so beautiful! I love all the lace and doilies, the trim, and beads make her absolutely stunning!!

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  39. She's gorgeous!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  40. Good Grief....I could not make something like that in a million years or even dream her up! She's absolutely stunning!

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  41. I am speechless (and just ask my hubby, that does not happen often). FABULOUS!!! And just when is the date and location of your runway show during fashion week in NYC???

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  42. Begonia is lovely. I could use a little -- or a lot! -- remodeling, too.

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  43. Wow....Judy! She's a beauty!!
    Have a wonderful week, my sweet friend.
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xo

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  44. What beautiful lace...on that fabulous body! You obviously enjoyed this project!

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  45. This is fabulous!! Your 20 gazillion hours sure paid off! Great job! Wonderful way to display a lace and button collection! Love it!

    Katherine

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  46. Wow, Begonia is gorgeous! I just wish I had her figure, lol.

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  47. yep, I once had her figure...when I was 18 I think LOL....What an amazing design with vintage crochet lace and buttons!!Gorgeous!

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  48. Oh Judy, that is a true work of art! OMG when she stepped from the carriage I actually heard gasps...I believe the men were gasping at her figure and the women at that gorgeous dress...It is just breathtaking! She is having so much fun and making so many friends, thank you sooo much for letting her attend the ball...I think my "Belle" Will have to move over!!! I promise to return her home safe and sound!

    Carol

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  49. Oh..my goodness, she is a beauty....and obviously she isn't eating all the chocolate that I have!!!

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  50. Miss Begonia is stunning, Judy! I love all the bits of lace you added on. You did a great job, too.

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  51. She's a beauty, I especially love her necklace of lace.

    Lynnie

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  52. Oh Judy, She is Beautiful.... Well worth gazillion hours & love you put into her!
    thanks for sharing,
    Cheryl

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  53. (Gasp!) Be still my heart! This HAS to be my very favorite dress form I've seen today! First, as a crocheter, I can appreciate all the beautiful work you have spun together here. Then the work, the hours, and the creativity you put into this.. Applause! Applause! Beautiful work, and what a priceless treasure this is!.. Very nice to meet you, Judy, via The Dress Form Ball today! ~tina

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  54. Miss Begonia is so lovely! And yes, I wish I had a figure like that! Nancy http://cozythyme.blogspot.com/

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  55. Oh Judy,
    She turned out absolutely beautiful. The "gazillion" hours you put into her were definitely worth it. She is just lovely. I can't believe how incredibly creative some of these dress form names are too, like Miss Begonia...I love it. Now if only I could think of one for mine :-)

    Hugs,
    ❤Ana

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  56. She's a beauty, all the other ladies are going to be so jealous.

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  57. Thank you for stopping by Kelley Highway, Judy! (That's my mother's name!) With my daughter I shared Miss Begonia in a link. She's breathtaking. I absolutely adore all her handmade-ness, the buttons, just everything! Thank you for sharing how you accomplished her.

    I live in the Philippines, so I thought, I won't have a thing to post or share on my dress form. Then I remembered that post I did about the Philippine terno. That worked out perfectly. It's been a lot of fun.

    Have a great week!
    Kelley of Kelley Highway

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  58. Miss Begonia is stunning, Judy! What a tremendous amount of work that way, and she loooks beautiful. Your choice of lace (and your solutions for the too-white flower) were just right. Wish I had a figure like that!

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  59. love all the lace & fringe, the long hours and hard work paid off, she is stunning!
    Helen

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  60. Miss Begonia is stunning and I am swooning over all that gorgeous lace. Your colors and placements and buttons are divine. Dancing the night away...

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  61. Begonia is simply stunning!! I cannot even name what I like best. I can tell it was a labor of love. Thank you for sharing!

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  62. What gorgeous pieces of lace you used on Begonia's dress! I bet her dance card is full....hugs, Penny

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  63. Hi Judy,
    Miss Begonia is stunning. You sure created a gorgeous work of art using beautiful lace and trims. Begonia is amazing and I am sure she is the Belle of the Ball.

    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  64. This has to be one of my favorite dresses! It is absolutely beautiful!
    I was so glad that my Doileen meet Ms Begonia!You are one talented lady.

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  65. what a wonderful job you've done on miss begonia's dress, judy! so very pretty!

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  66. Judy, Miss Begonia is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about her!!! Stunning!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  67. Unbelievably beautiful!! I have 2 of these forms dressed in vintage clothes. I may have to cover one with the old lace I have. You are so gifted.

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  68. Unbelievably beautiful!! I have 2 of these forms dressed in vintage clothes. I may have to cover one with the old lace I have. You are so gifted.

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  69. Judy ~ Miss Begonia is just stunning. This is just fab-u-lous. Wow~!

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  70. So lovely! Reminds me of building Cinderella's dress :)

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  71. Judy!!!

    Sweet Mama!! What an incredibly drop dead gorgeous dress form..... I have been debating about what i am going to do with my Rose and I have now decided that I would love to attempt something similar!!!!!!

    Stunning!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  72. Judy, Miss Begonia is stunning! I love everything about her!

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  73. Oh my, your dress form is amazing, you are truly talented. It is simply beautiful.

    Your new follower,
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  74. Judy, this is truly one of the most beautiful makeovers I've ever seen.Your design and workmanship is in the amazing category. Your newest follower, I need to keep up with someone this creative. Hope you can stop by we are having a giveaway. Laura

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  75. WOW! Stunning transformation. Thanks for sharing. CHeers!
    Lori In Atlanta

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  76. This is over the top stunning, Judy...you should be designing wedding gowns...Just gorgeous!

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  77. Just gorgeous!
    Stunning transformation. I love the vintage doilies and lace.
    Very pretty.
    Ball hopping. Off to see more.
    Thank you for sharing your treasure with us.
    Elizabeth

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  78. As I would expect, you are getting about a million comments on this beauty. I decoupaged my dress form with book pages and if I would have seen this first, I would have copied yours. She is stunning. So I hope you don't mind, I sent your blog post to a friend that has one and this may inspire her.

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  79. STUNNING! I cannot quit looking at this absolutely gorgeous piece of art. She should be in a museum somewhere. You did an amazing job. Thank you for sharing with us!!!

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  80. Judy, this is positively stunning! A real work of art and possibly the best use of old lace and doilies I have ever seen!

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  81. I love it, just beautiful. I have been looking for an old dress form but now looking at this maybe I can do this too. Anything to do with material I am not ery good at.

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  82. Judy, that is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I'd seen it before I gave away the mannequin I used to have. Then again, I wouldn't have been able to 'see' it the way you did. What a creative streak you have - and even without a head, she's lovely! :-)

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  83. What an amazing transformation for Miss Begonia. She is beautiful!
    Irene

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  84. From buttons to crystals she is amazingly beautiful! So nicely done. ; )
    ~Michele

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  85. Oh it's gorgeous and the buttons!! Swoon!

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