The process of setting up an Etsy store has had me thinking a lot about photography and how a good camera, natural looking lighting and attractive props can make a world of difference.
I have a decent enough camera and I’ve invested in some good lighting, but prop-wise I currently have a Diana dress form. She’s fully adjustable, you can stick pins in her, she has a hemline guide…a good performer all round really…
…the only problem is, despite Diana’s functionality, she’s just not pretty! Her natural red cover clashes with almost everything I make, her black polyester cover is so icky and shiny and she has a cheap plastic stand!
So I’ve decided to treat myself to this affordable beauty with a wonderful cast iron base from London Mannequins:
My French White Mannequin is out of stock until the middle of the month, but I think she’s worth waiting for. London Mannequins also have some other beautiful yet affordable mannequins that’d I’d love for decorative purposes, but probably wouldn't be appropriate for showing off my makes.
What I’d really, really, really love though if money was no object, is any mannequin from Vintage Style Mannequins. I'm in love with them! They are so special and vary between the functional and the decorative. Here are a few of my absolute favourites that are sold, thus eliminating the chance of a delirious, midnight spending spree:
Do you have a mannequin / dress form / dressmaker’s dummy? What’s she like? Is anyone else obsessed with vintage ones or am I a bit weird?