Vintage Style Mannequins

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

A New Home for Two of My Ladies

These two lovely ladies are all set to start their new lives in Next. They are both destined for two branches of Next on Oxford Street - the Bond Street and Marble Arch shops. How exciting, I wonder what they will be used to display?
They are tailored in Austen Natural and if you would like to see more pictures and details, just follow this link:
I definately think a trip to London is in order. I can use Christmas shopping as an excuse, but really it will be to see how my ladies and gents are getting on.

Hope you are all having a lovely (if rainy!) day.
Speak soon, Julie x

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Shame on You - Developers of the 60s!

The village I live in has a lovely promenade of local shops and lots of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The majority of it looks, I would imagine, quite unchanged from the early 1900s. The far end of it, however, suffered from the 60s habit of knocking down beautiful buildings and building featureless boxes.
The picture below shows Birkdale Town Hall and library as it looked in 1910 - beautifully well built, with stunning features - clearly a focal point of the village at the time. This lovely building was knocked down and replaced with ...

... this.

How could it have ever been allowed? At least now, thank goodness, there is a recognition of the value of old buildings to our heritige and this happens much less often.
More news to come soon about a particular building in the village ...

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Facebook Free Giveaway Decided!

I have decided on the giveaway prize! The first 300 people who 'like' the page will be entered into the draw to win a £170 gift voucher for the website. You can use this voucher to buy, or put towards, a mannequin of your choice. I know I'm aiming high, but hey, why not! So pass this onto friends and maybe you, or they, could have an early Christmas present. Or maybe you know someone who would like a mannequin for Christmas.
Click HERE to go to the page.
Good Luck, Julie x

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

New Mannequin Added to the Retro Collection

Is it possible to become addicted to buying fabric?? I keep seeing gorgeous fabrics and think "Oooh, that would look great on a mannequin!" and then just have to buy some. I have an ever growing stock of fabrics and am slowly working through them to add new mannequins to the site.

I discovered Alexander Henry fabrics a few months ago now and just love his bold designs! This one is called 'Inked' and I think the scale of the design is just right on the mannequin - I'm really pleased with how she worked out.

I have some more of his fabrics in the collection and am now working on making them up into mannequins. It is so difficult to get a sense of scale when it is just a picture of the fabric, so I must get the mannequins in this collection completed. You can see more pictures of 'Inked' by following the link below:

If anyone knows of any more retro styled fabrics that they think would look great on a mannequin, then I would love to hear your suggestions!

Don't forget, that if you 'like' my facebook page you will be entered into a free giveaway draw. Full details to be announced tomorrow.
Click HERE to go to the page

Have a lovely rest of the week! Julie x

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Fabulous Facebook Giveaway!!

To celebrate the fact that I finally got around to adding Vintage Style Mannequins to Facebook, I am launching a
To be entered into the draw and have a chance to win all you have to do is 'like' the page. I haven't decided what to give away yet, but the more 'likers' the page gets, then the more fabulous the giveaway will be!
To go to my Facebook page, just click the picture below.

I will confirm the details in the next few days.
Good luck! Julie x

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Vintage Style Mannequins on Facebook ... at Last!!

So finally, today I got around to making a Facebook page for Vintage Style Mannequins. It's still a work in progress, but I'm so happy that I have made a start. With lots of orders to complete, it has been hard to find the time and so I set aside today to get the job done.
Click on the picture if you would like to take a look and I know I will be so excited if I get some 'likers'. If there is anything you think would be helpful to add to the page, your comments would be very welcome!
Have a lovely weekend, I think we are forecast some good weather!
Julie x

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Male Mannequins - The Pin Stripe Collection

I've always thought that a pinstripe fabric would look great on a tailored male mannequin - very classic! I'm looking forward to finding new fabrics for my male mannequins and I think stripes suit them very well.

You can see more of the male mannequin collection here:

Just a quick visit today as I have a couple of orders to finish off for tomorrow - better get back to it.
Julie x

Saturday, 2 October 2010

The Old Corset Shop - A World of Wasp Waist Mannequins

I was browsing the internet last night and came across these wonderful old pictures of corset shops. I love old pictures and sometimes they don't seem quite real somehow. But this picture was only a moment in time for the ladies above and once the picture was taken, they went on with their daily lives. I wonder who they went on to serve that day, what their families were like and what it was like inside the shop.
The pictures above and below show corset departments on large department stores. Just look at the space and feeling of openess! How lovely to have the time to sit at one of the chairs at the long counters and be shown different corsets and look at the models. You can see all the boxes stacked behind the counter. I love the thought that some of the wasp waisted mannequins I have sold in the past may have started their lives in such a way. If only they could talk - what stories they could tell!

I love the picture below! Look at the curves on those mannequins. It is no wonder that so few of these kind of wasp waist mannequins remain, as they were usually covered in silk and were intended for daily practical use - not really a good combination for longevity!

If you are looking for the kind of female wasp waist dress forms you see above, then my new range of new wasp waist mannequins might be for you. See the new range here:

I have some exciting new mannequins coming soon, which hopefully I will be able to complete this week. I love working on new projects, so I should probably get back to it!

Speak soon, Julie.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

New Wasp Waist Mannequins! - French Stockman Inspired

These wasp waist mannequins have been a long time coming! I have been wanting to reproduce antique French waspwaisted mannequins for some time now, but a combination of searching for just the right materials and completing orders (which have to take priority!) has meant that it has taken until now to launch them.

They have been formed from an original antique wasp waist Stockman torso from c1900 and they have a tiny 18.5 inch waist! My aim in producing these vintage styled mannequins was to replicate as closely as possible the tailoring and wood work of the originals. Most importantly, the torso itself is made in the original way and is a thick papier mache construction - so no foam or polystyrene.

It has been hard work and very much a labour of love - but worth it in the end! I can't wait to get my hands on new fabrics and make some more. There is such a wide choice of lovely fabrics at the moment, it's difficult to know where to start. If you have any ideas, then do get in touch. You can see more pictures by clicking the following link:

Have a lovely week, Julie.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

A Project ...

The fabric of this lovely French Stockman wasp waist mannequin was extensively water stained when she came to me. A customer asked me to recover her, restoring her to how she must have looked when she was new, all those years ago.

I have used the Austen Natural fabric from the Natural Collection and tailored the fabric to replicate the original seam work exactly.

The original fabric is still underneath, incase someone in the future wants to take her back to her original condition.

You can see more pictures of her here:

If you are interested in having a vintage mannequin recovered in this way, then do get in touch.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

A Weekend of Decoupaging

I have had a few people recently ask about the vintage decopauged mannequins, so I set aside this weekend to get busy decoupaging! I only ever remove the fabric of antique mannequins if it is damaged beyond repair and decopauge in genuine original newspapers - never reproductions. What a joy it was to remove the fabric on this lovely mannequin to discover the original newspaper intact underneath. She even has the original date - 1912. You can see more pictures by following the link below.

The waspwaist french mannequin below is an original Stockman, decoupaged in french newspapers from 1895.

Vintage child mannequins are so cute! The one below is a French Stockman child mannequin. It is decoupaged in the same newspapers as the adult female and is from the same period. I think they make a lovely pair - mother and child together.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Miniature Vintage Buste Girard Mannequin

I have kept this lovely miniature mannequin for a while now, but I think the time has come to let someone else enjoy her. She is in super condition and you can see further pictures of her here:

It has been a lovely day today and everyone seemed to have the same idea and head to the local garden centre. I now have a nice selection of plants ready to be potted tomorrow. Hope the sun is shining like today!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Pretty Green Opens it's Doors in Carnaby Street

I do love my job! I get to tailor mannequins for all kinds of lovely people, for many different situations, using great fabrics. It's very rewarding to know what they are going to be used for and many customers send me pictures and let me know. I put these on my 'Where Are They Now?' page

Pretty Green opens today on Carnaby street and a few of my male tailored mannequins get to have a brilliant view and watch the hustle and bustle of that busy iconic street.

Well, must get on ... in between completing current orders, I am planning on making new seat cushions for the garden furniture out of my ever growing pile of fabrics. If it ever stops raining, we might actually get chance to use them! Pictures to come soon ... hopefully!
have a lovely day, Julie.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Vintage Style Tailored Male Mannequins at Carnaby Street!

How exciting! I was recently asked to tailor some male mannequins for 'Pretty Green', the classic British clothing range owned, founded and designed by Liam Gallagher. The new store is due to open on the 30th July 2010 and is situated in Carnaby Street - this 60s inspired print is perfect for such an iconic location!

I'm so pleased that my boys will get to be displayed in such a wonderful store ... hmmm ... I think a trip to London might be in store - it is the holidays after all!

You can buy your own male display mannequin, or have a mannequin tailored in your own fabric choice by following the link below:

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Introducing - Vintage Style Tailored Male Mannequins

I have been meaning to add male mannequins to the collection for ages, but time just seems to run away - where does it go! So this week I set some time aside and am pleased to introduce my first male mannequin! Its always nice to try something new and I think they complement the female and child mannequins nicely - it feels like I have completed the family at last!

I am hoping to add to the collection over the coming weeks and find some exciting new fabrics. In addition to using my own fabrics, you can send me your own fabric to tailor your mannequin if you wish.

To see the new tailored male mannequins you can follow the link below:

Hope you all had a good half term - not long to Summer now!

Julie x