Friday, January 09, 2009

my muse!

I have a small doll size dress form but I have been lusting for a full size one for the past year. I have been stalking ebay but just never found the one, part of me wanted a vintage one with all the charm but the sensible side of me wanted one that I could truly use to create clothing on. A few weeks ago I walked into a antique shop and to my delight I found her and she wanted to come and live in my studio and become my muse... and here she is!

she will get a name but for now she just makes me happy!
you can see more dress forms: here, here, and here.

And here is my fist full size creation...

I made this as a Christmas gift for Kristen
she even has a blog called: if Jane where hear
where she ponders what Jane would do.
so its no wonder that I would make for her a Jane Austin Poetry Pinafore.
most of this dress was done with free motion sewing you can read about the process here
and you can see a amazing example here.
(I will be teaching a class on this process and will post the information about it soon)

indulge your imagination in every possible flight.
~ Jane Austin

Teach us that we may feel the importance of
every day of every hour as it passes. ~ Jane Austin

Back of neck detail.

back shoulder detail:
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong? ~ Jane Austin

ties on the back of the Pinafore.

Side view.

I hope your all doing well in the new year!



mystele said...

what a cool creation...i'm drooling, word lover + jane austen fan that i am!

shabby*girl said...

Oh my gosh, Ruth! This is stunning! Why don't you design your own artsy clothing line to sell!????? Love your work! ~Missy

Kelly said...

yay! you finally found just the right one and brought her home. and what a lovely pinafore you made for your friend. i am sure you will be very inspired with your new muse.

Gunnels blog said...

Congrats to you lovely vintage dress form, and to your lovely dress !! I am sure your friend will be happy!
Here is always so much inspiration on your blog !!!

Karen Cole said...

Now I would say you have to be the best, most generous gift giver I've seen. Kristen must have been beside herself with the joy of receiving such a gift. So much energy and love.

The happiest of New Years to you, Ruth.

Heartinmyhand said...

In a word Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

martha brown said...

I love your dress form -- and I hope that you're teaching this poetry dress at ArtUnraveled because I'm so there this year!!!!

A bird in the hand said...

Lucky lucky Kristen. If I had that pinafore, I would never take it off! If you're teaching it, I may have to come with Martha!!