Saturday, 17 November 2012

What to do with Sheila the mannequin...

Remember Sheila my most recent boot sale mannequin?

Well, that blue fabric had to go. It was a foam backed synthetic fabric and the foam had degraded so Sheila was leaving piles of sand-like substance wherever she was put.
I removed the old covering and gave her a good scrub in the shower to get all the 'sand' off.

I mentioned that I wanted to try some decoupage on her. Let me show you my inspiration!

First up:

 This is by Ellinee from Ellinee journal where she gives a helpful tutorial too! Vintage sheet music! So beautiful!

Next up:

Vintage dress patterns used to give a corset effect! Isn't that great? This one is by Louise at

She also gives a tutorial on how to achieve this.

But I think the one I shall try to emulate, given the shape and style of my dress form is this one.

Now these don't look decoupaged at all, I think they are moulded card or something similar...but I figured I could try and achieve this look with brown paper. This picture is from Timeworn Interiors 
which is a lovely blog, so much eye candy...

Thank you ladies for giving me permission to show your images!

Back to Sheila:

She's stripped  and waiting! But I'm very overwhelmed as the wooden flooring has arrived, I have to empty the living room and rip off the skirting boards, I have to decorate behind a radiator that's off, and Christmas is coming. So don't hold your breath....


  1. Is she going to be purely decorative or functional too?

    1. 'Decorative' if it works! In my husbands words ''useless junk.'' I shall tell him it's a useful scarf holder. The decoupage will stuff up the adjustability.

  2. Can't wait to see what you do with her, I recently decoupaged my mannequin using sewing patterns but I didn't think of sticking the pieces on to look like a corset, I might have to put some more layers on after seeing that one! Hope all your DIY goes well. Gill

    1. Hurry up with your post, I'm dying to see it! x

  3. I love that vintage sheet music mannequin. What a great scarf holder Sheila will make!

  4. Sounds like you have a lot of work to do!!! I'm sure Sheila will look great when you have finished with her. Love the examples you have shown us - especially the music one!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. Cant wait to see what you do with Shelia. Happy decorating hope you manage to get it all done before xmas, dee x


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