Aged and vintage dressmaker forms are some of the most requested finds on the market today. These dress forms can go for hundreds of dollars each at vintage market sales and online auctions. We carry a wide range of dressmaker forms that come in a variety of different styles and finishes. With a few simple household items and craft supplies that you may already have, you can transform a new form into a vintage one that looks aged and antiqued as if it has been sitting in an abandoned dress factory for years.
The supplies you will need are:
- White and black acrylic craft paint (does not have to be fabric paint)
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Tea bags
- Drop clothes
- Latex gloves (optional)
We recommend that you do this project outside because of the possible run off from the paint and water. However, this is not a requirement. Make sure if you do this inside that you allow for plenty of working room and place drop clothes on any surface where you will be working. Then, place the dressmaker body onto a flat surface (counter height is preferred).
Boil 3 cups of water. When the water comes to a boil, add 10 tea bags to the water and remove it from the heat. Cover it up with a lid and allow the tea to steep 5-10 minutes. The longer it steeps, the darker the color will be. Remove the tea bags from the pot and discard them. Add 1/4th cup of white vinegar to the mixture. Add the tea vinegar mixture to a spray bottle.
Start at the top of the form and work your way down in even sections about 12" away from the form. Continue to cover the form until the desired aged color is achieved. You can do a single side or cover both sides of the form. Remove any remaining mixture and refill with 1/2 cup of plain water and 2 teaspoons of white acrylic paint. Start at the top of the form and work your way down in even sections about 12" away from the form. Continue to cover the form until the desired aged color is achieved. The white paint gives the form the look of sun damage and overspray from the paint. Remove any remaining mixture and refill with 1/2 cup of plain water and 2 teaspoons of black acrylic paint. Repeat the same process until the desired look is achieved. The black paint gives the looks of decay and dirt. The form will be very wet when you are finished. Allow the form to completely dry for several days. Wait at least a week before you add any articles of clothing or accessories. We recommend that you test the form first before you use it.
Remember to have fun with the creative process and make the form your own. You can make it as vintage and aged as much or as little as you like. If you want the form to look more vintage use the tea mixture only. If you want to add the look of sun damage, add the white paint. If you want the look of dirt and decay add the black paint.
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