February 7, 2014

My Dress Form "Pally" and Her New Look

I have always wanted an antique dress form.  But since I haven't found one that I am willing to spend a large sum of money to buy, I decided to redo a newer one.
I painted the neck, finial, and stand with gold embossed paint.  Then, I decoupaged the body with pages from a book titled: The Sun is My Undoing by Marguerite Steen first published in 1941.  I found one copy of the book that was falling apart that I used for this project, and two intact copies all within about a week of each other.
Pallas is one of the main characters in the book, and her nickname is Pally.  This is the book where my mother got my name, Pallas.  Since Pally is also the nickname my family uses for me, I decided to name my dress form Pally.
I intend to read this book that takes place in the 18th century during the slave commerce in the English Port of Bristol, Africa and the Caribbean.  There is also the thread of love stories woven between the characters in the book.  If nothing else, I'd like to read the story that inspired my mother to name me Pallas.



This is how she looked when I got her