Monday, September 28, 2015

Fashion Forward by Barb

I have a secret love of sewing. It's how my hands-on creativity began decades ago. I still sew or quilt now and then, but it has largely fallen by the wayside in lieu of painting and rubber stamping. One day I will have a room just for sewing, where I can leave out my machine and fabric and not worry about anything getting splattered. Until then, I'll splatter stuff that can take it - like these adorable dress forms from Gina's Designs.

The background was easy enough. I began with a thick layer of gesso and while it was still wet, I smooshed lace and punchinella and rick rack. Without waiting for the gesso to thoroughly dry, I used a stencil and slathered on Creative Medium in silver and gold. Finally, I set it aside to dry completely.

For the dress forms, I coated the "body" with black acrylic paint that I stamped with white craft ink once dry. I painted the stands with StazOn Studio Glaze. 

The corset was coated with glittery embossing powder which I then heat set.

The other two forms were finished by simply adding bits of left over lace, ribbon, rhinestones and flowers. The "skirt" below was made from a peacock feather.

Now, if I could just clear some space for my sewing machine...

Gina's Designs Product Used

Other Products Used

Canvas board 


Imagine Crafts Creative Medium

StazOn Studio Glaze

Tim Holtz Stencil

Acrylic Paint

Craft Ink

Rubber stamp by Stampin' Up!


  1. What a unique and interesting way to use those corsets and dressforms Barb! Very cool!

    1. Thanks, Jackie! They were a little outside my comfort / style zone, so it was a fun personal challenge to come up with something I liked. Ended up really enjoying this one!