Saturday, April 9, 2011

altered dress form by lauren bergold

when i saw the gorgeous combination of white and kraft goodies in the COUNTRY FARM STAND kit this month, i knew right away what a fun and funky collage they'd make.

i was deliberating between a card and a wall-hanging, until i found a sweet little papier mache dress form at michaels...and the entire idea transformed in ONE SECOND!

i had envisioned specifically the combination of beautiful graphic45 vintage-themed stickers and the glamorous tim holtz trimmings & buttons...both of which of course telegraph "fashion" and "dressmaking" so wonderfully well!

the rosebud trimming makes a lovely boa for my mannequin, and i constructed a corsage for her out of patterned papers and tim holtz's "tattered floral" flower dies.

the tiny paper rosebuds in the kit work well when collaged with tiny punched blooms. (the miniature pearls are the only item i've used from my own stash, apart from inks, stamps, dies and punches.)

continuing the "tim holtz" theme, i used gesso and distress inks with my own "stampers anonymous" unmounted rubber, in this case working WITHOUT an acrylic block so that i could curve and bend the flexible stamps around the dressform's curved surfaces.

at the lower end i constructed a fancy edging for my couture outfit, using the fun mini-cupcake wrappers from the kit, more rose trim, and the glamorous sheer ruffley ribbon.

my one technical puzzle was how to permanently adhere the nice solid G45 cardstock stickers to the curvy mannequin's shape. a liberal coat of matte gel medium proved to be the perfect solution; whilst my trust hot glue gun was more than equal to the task of affixing the corsage, trims, and buttons.

if there is a more fun and satisfying way to spend a rainy sunday afternoon than this...i really cannot imagine what it is! ♥

Kirsty's Note -
Oh wow, this is a fantastic project!!! Thanks Lauren!

Is Saturday your lucky day? Well, Lauren is giving away this beautiful altered dress form to one lucky winner, all you have to do is......

1. Become a follower is you haven't yet - get one chance
2. Post on your blog about this giveaway with a link back to us, come back and tell us and you'll get another chance.

THIS POST is the one you leave the DRESS FORM GIVEAWAY comment and link back to, it will run from 4/9 to 4/24. The winner will be drawn randomly and I'll post the winner here on 4/25

At The Pixie Shop
April Mini Kit # 1 - Poppy

For card makers and those who do not need a huge kit, this mini kit is just for you!
Poppy contains -
4 double sided DP
Tim Holtz fanciful buttons
and 4 yards of Pixie crinkled ribbon (2 colors)
$12.95 - limited quantity - grab yours now at The Pixie Shop!

Don't forget we are still running our GIVEAWAY here!!



  1. Cute Project TFS (already a follower)
    Hugs ~ Jacqueline

  2. Gorgeousness to the max! The details are stunning!

  3. WOW, Lauren, you are giving that work of heART away? That would be an inspirational piece for a craft room, or a lovely display item for a bedroom, or...

  4. oh-my-stinkin-fabulous....good grief, soooo rock the Pixie:)

  5. Absolutely fabulous!!!!! Just gorgeous!

  6. Holy beautifulness Lauren! This is GORGEOUS!!!! I love all the details!

  7. What a stunning dressform.. wow.. you have too much talent ! I am jealous.. love it.. well done !
    Hugs, Michelle van Wyk

  8. Wauw. I'm getting inspired. Thanks al lot from Holland.
    Greetings Tamara

  9. I partecipate, this mannequine is lovely!! Hope to be the lucky one...Thanks for the chance, Kinà

  10. Thanks for giving me the chance ♥ and I've been a follower for a while!

    Happy easter!


  11. wonderful candy.
    linked at my sidebar alreayd

  12. So beautiful! I like it so much!
    And I'm Your Follower now!

  13. wow- never before I saw such great work!
    I'm now a follower from this blog and linked you in my sidebar!


  14. Your mannequin is stunning and is a truly eye-catching!
    How could I resist such a gorgeous candy? I'm your follower and I have added your candy in my sidebar. Thanks for the chance to join.


  15. Wat een prachtige Mannequin,ik sta versteld!
    De kleuren de materialen en vooral het roosjes lint vind ik geweldig!
    Bedankt voor het showen.
    I love it!!!!

    Groetjes Anita

  16. hello pixie

    thanks for visiting my blog
    love to take a chance on the give away poppy
    greets from a sunny belgium

  17. This is beautiful!
    I'm already a follower ;)

  18. I linked it on my blog at

    thanks for the chance ;)

  19. I am a follower, you are on my sidebar.

  20. It's so beautiful!
    I'm already a follower and postet it on my sidebar. Thanks for the chance to win, this beautiful vintage-styled corsage!

  21. WOW! I would love to be the lucky person to win your creation, i think it's absolutely fabulous.

    Hugs Hazel xx

  22. I am a follower and I posted your give away in my sidebar

  23. I am following! That is totally awesome!!!

  24. What a fabulous giveaway - if it was mine I couldn't bear to part with it. Please please please pick me:-)

    I'm already a follower and have posted to my sidebar.


  25. You are on my sidebar:

  26. I'm a current GFC follower and this is beautiful!


  27. You're posted on my sidebar at Create With Joy!


  28. Wow...what a wonderful creation! I love all the gorgeous details...I just saw these paper mache dress forms at Mike's yesterday and passed them up, not knowing what to do with I wish I had bought them, as they only had 2! Thanks for the chance!

  29. I linked it on my the right sidebar...thanks for the chance on this beautiful dress form!

  30. thank you verry much for the tip and your sweet comment on my blogg!!! thank you for the chance of winning these lovely candy!!!
    xx petra

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  32. I have a new obsession . . . I mean collection . . . of dress forms in my craft room. This would make a wonderful addition to the 'collection'. :-) I'm a new follower.

  33. ....ohhhh the work/time that went into this.. simply fantastic.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  34. I've finally been able to leave a comment due to technical difficulties! I've been a follower for a while now and just LOVE every creation your design team makes! This dress form is adorable! I would LOVE to win this and have it displayed in my glass case of keepsakes. So much work went into this masterpiece!