My sewing girl

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Mannequin before the move to my new sewing niche

A couple of years ago I bought one of those adjustable mannequins for sewing clothing.  I do not use patterns when I sew, and since furniture has always been easy to slip cover and upholster, I figured clothing shouldn’t be difficult if I had a stationary form to use in creating my designs.  The thing was huge, sluggish, and just plain ugly.  I couldn’t find a place to stash it when it wasn’t in use so I sold it.  A while later, I regretted it being in the midst of a new project and began the search again.

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Sewing girl serves a purpose as a wedding dress redo

I found another ugly mannequin – only this time is wasn’t adjustable.  It was covered in a jersey sock-like cream knit with scuffs on one side from being tossed around in a store front that was long closed down.  I bought it for $20 and hauled it home again.  It teetered on its stand until my dad fixed it and made it stand upright again.  I covered the entire thing with osnaburg fabric – which if you do not know what osnaburg is – you are missing out.  It is a cotton linen – like look with specks of natural tones for about a third of the cost of linen.  It is not as smooth as fine weaves, but certainly has that middle of the road perfect neutral.

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Sewing girl busy again serving as a waist for a gem stone belt on lace.

I meticulously stitched the fabric right on top of the knit using uniform stitches that were hidden, yet showed that it was hand stitched.  I used the same fabric that serves as my throw pillows on the iron twin beds in the room as well as my sewing chair slip cover to make a rosette to pin at the neckline to dress it up.  I use it from time to time – think about selling it just as much – but love the purpose my sewing girl serves.

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