Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sewing Pattern Mannequin Wall Art

Ever get a creative inspiration that you simply need to execute? You get an idea and it gnaws at the back of your brain until you get it out. Recently, I acquired several half torso mannequins and got the idea to decorate them as wall art. I have ten more and many ideas for what to do with them. 

Here is the first one

She is made using vintage recycled materials. Her body is covered in the instructions and illustrations of out of print vintage sewing patterns. 

Her halter dress and shrug are made using the paper from the patterns. 

For the flowers, I used a combination of both types of paper giving a varied texture. For contrast, her belt is made using a double layer of vintage lace. Her highly textured skirt has a touch of whimsy by my curling the pattern paper.

 She is a great addition to my sewing space.

I am very happy with her! I am thrilled to get this tiny bit of creative energy out. I have many ideas for the other mannequins, not all sewing themed. I plan to make them and maybe sell them in a local boutique, in my Etsy store, or give them as gifts. I am not sure, but until then...

Happy Creating, 


  1. Adorable! I saved the clear plastic form that my bathing suit from Costco came on for several months. Of course, I just threw it away not long ago. It would be perfect for something like this. I'll just have to buy another! :) I love all your ideas!

    1. Thanks so much! I hate to throw things out for that very reason. It is why we cannot park on the street! :) I hope you get another form; I would love to see your design.

  2. I have seen those half torso mannequins but never would have thought to decorate them. What a fabulous job you did! So creative and using the pattern tissue was so very clever.

  3. I absolutely love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks Ann, If you make one, please share, I would love to see it!