Sunday, 22 April 2012

Vintage Dress Up Workshop

Hi bloggers, yesterday was such an amazing day and I think we are definitely getting better and better at hosting these workshops. It was our anniversary workshop since we started teaching these classes one year ago. Everything was set out on the tables with a mannequin and a little bag of goodies in front of everyone's space. We also set up a table in the corner with a range of vintage ephemera to bring the vintage theme alive and to further inspire people's creativity. With 1930s music playing in the background, the set up for the day was finally coming together.

Once we got started, everyone's ideas started to evolve and the best thing about hosting these days is seeing what everyone comes up with in the end. Its so fascinating to see so many different ideas and outcomes when everyone started with the same paper mache mannequin. We started with a base coat of white gesso to give the mannequin a smooth texture to work with and then we gave everyone a choice of 4 different colours that they could paint their mannequin with. Many chose a neutral shade as this is quite a good starting point to build up on. We also provided everyone with another technique which was to stamp a whole range of images onto old dressmaking pattern tissue paper and then glue these onto the mannequin which worked very well with a lot of people's designs.
After lunch everyone enjoyed placing the finishing touches onto their mannequins with a whole range of flowers, lace and ribbons to create dresses and decorative finishes. Another popular choice was decorating the mannequin with cut out butterflies which look stunning. To finish the afternoon off we had a small raffle with two prizes which were paper mache trinket cases that had mannequin images on them (a great buy from TK Maxx).
All in all another great day, I will leave you with the outcomes of all the mannequins........

We are both so proud, well done class of Vintage Dress Up 2012.........

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