I was generously given her by a friend who overheard me daydreaming about one. These sewing gems are available for purchase in auctions, on Etsy and on Ebay, but free is better, always.
|Mildred in here fully expanded glory.|
|She is well loved and has some damage.|
|It still has its' original label.|
I was apprehensive about dismantling her to make the needed repairs. Courtney at 24 Kites to Fly has successfully repaired Bertha, her antique dress form. Based on her success and advice, I had the confidence to move forward.
|Damage that went completely through the board. It is held in place by the fabric.|
|Soaking the nuts and bolts in vinegar to dissolve the rust.|
|Steel wool cleaned the rust away easily. Before on the right.|
What do you think? Stay true to history or add my spin?