Vintage Style Mannequins

Saturday, 29 October 2011

New Vintage Mannequins Added Today

I have added a couple of vintage mannequins to the site today. I was lucky enough to find this lovely child mannequin a little while ago and have finally taken photos of it! The Christmas rush seems to be starting early this year, but I am determined to make new mannequins with the mountain of new fabrics I have collected, along with keeping up with orders. Lucky that I have a job which is also my hobby!

The mannequin below is a lovely example of a Stockman tailors form. You can see more pictures of her here:

Hope everyone has had a good half term. Speak soon, Julie x

Monday, 10 October 2011

Deadly is the Female

Claudia from 'Deadly is the Female' sent me these pictures of her window displays. I love it that some of my mannequins are part of such a creative and individual store! Her store is in Frome, Somerset and you can check it out at The first picture is an Alice in Wonderland theme and that's Claudia dressing it - she's not Alice!

This one is a Burlesque theme - love it!

I'd love to see any other pictures of my mannequins in action, so if you do have any then do let me know and email them over.

Julie x

Monday, 14 March 2011

Thankyou to Ideal Home Magazine & 25 Beautiful Homes

I didn't get chance to add these pictures at the time and so I thought I would do it now.
The first two pictures show my Florence mannequin in a room set for the Ideal Home Magazine Feb 2011 issue. It's great when I get to send off a mannequin for a photo shoot as I always look forward to seeing how she has been used and styled.
This one was a romantic, French chic setting. I can't wait to see how my Austen mannequin has been used in the room sets of the Ideal Home Show. I'll remember to take my camera when I visit and take a few pictures.
The pictures below were from the Jan 2011 issue of 25 Beautiful Homes.

I'm always willing to send pictures for articles, or loan out mannequins for photo shoots, so do get in touch if there are any projects you need a mannequin for.

Speak soon, Julie x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

New Fabrics for the Retro Collection

I've just got back from the post office with some great new fabrics for my Retro Collection.
I have chosen these four fabrics, which I think are bold and unique - just what I was looking for!

This one is called 'Como' and is a stunning design of butterfly wings and peackock feathers. Can't wait to get started on this one!

This one is called 'If She Sews She Knows'. My 'Home Sewing is Easy' mannequin has been very popular and this one is a similar theme, so hopefully she'll be a hit too!

Love this one - 'Peace'. Can't wait to see what she looks like made up.

When I saw this one - 'Dressforms', I couldn't resist. Well I do make mannequins, so how could I not buy a fabric covered in them!

I'm in the middle of a few big orders at the moment, but as soon as they are completed I have decided to focus on the Retro Collection for a while. I have a pile of fablous fabric just waiting to be made up and I need to complete the mannequins in this collection. Oh to have more hours in the day!
Julie x

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

New Vintage Mannequins Added Today

I love unpacking my new mannequin finds and discovering what kind of condition they are in. It was such a joy to pull back the bubble wrap of this lady and see her looking so lovely - I think she must have the best condition fabric for a mannequin of her age I have seen in a long time.
She has a tiny 22 inch waist and such lovely tailoring. She is a French Stockman make and must have been used to tailor and display such wonderful gowns.
You can see more pictures and details by following the link below:

The mannequin below is a French Stockman c1940s mannequin, again in great condition.

More pictures and details can be seen here:

It has been such a busy and fulfilling start to the year! There are lots of orders to be completed, as well as exciting ideas for the future and new fabrics to tailor with. I'm off to the Ideal Home Show in a few weeks to get lots of ideas and also to see one of my mannequins being used in one of the room sets! More about that soon.
Julie x

Monday, 7 February 2011

Male Mannequins in the Theatre!

Sometimes, when I tell people that I make mannequins they say either "Wow that must be really interesting ... I've always wanted one of those." or "Wow, that must be really interesting ... but what do people use them for?" Over the years, I have sent them all over the world and for many different purposes, from attractive displays in homes, for retail purposes in boutiques, dressmaking and photo shoots, to name a few.
As far as I know though, they have never been on the stage ... until now!
I was contacted a few months ago by a theatre company in Slovenia, who needed some male mannequins for their new production of 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

They were duly completed and dispatched ...

How happy and appreciative was I to be sent these photographs of their debut! I love the colourful costumes and am sure the play was a great sucess.

Well, back to the sewing machine I must go ... a few interesting projects are on the go.
Have a lovely (if windy!) day.
Julie x