Please say a big “hello!” to Gertie – my mannequin 😀

Gertie basking in the sunshine

Gertie basking in the sunshine

I’ve never owned a dressmakers dummy/mannequin, but I’ve thought about it many times.  I always seemed to get caught up in the debate of whether an adjustable or non-adjustable one would be better.  Then looking at the prices, well, they’re not exactly cheap are they?  So at that point I’d ask myself if I really needed one, and that would be the end of that debate for another 6 months.

So why have I bought one now?

I’ve started stash-busting.  You see I make bellydance tops (like the ones Gertie is wearing) to sell and whenever I see a fabric that would make a nice top, I buy some.  Sometimes I buy enough to make one, sometimes if it’s a good price I’ll buy enough to make five.  But then I don’t get around to making the tops out of these “limited edition” fabrics.  Well I am now.  And to sell them online I need good pictures of them.

Does my bum look big in this?

Does my bum look big in this?

Hmmm, I wondered, are there any cheap mannequins on eBay which would be suitable to display my tops on?  Since I was just looking for one that looked nice and wasn’t too worried about the size, I found several sellers on eBay selling new mannequins for around £28 which is far cheaper than a “proper” dressmakers dummy, but if I got one roughly my size, I could maybe use it for my dressmaking as well!

Gertie arrived the day after I ordered her and she’s pretty perfect 😀  She looks good in aqua and pink . . .

I can wear a bra if I want :-)

I can wear a bra if I want :-)

. . . and she doesn’t mind if you see her bra . . .

ooh, pretty flowers

ooh, pretty flowers

. . . and she can even go braless without getting embarrassed . . .

If I had arms, this is what the sleeve would look like, sort of . . .

If I had arms, this is what the sleeve would look like, sort of . . .

. . . and she even doesn’t mind a passing ghost helping to hold up the sleeve of the top! 😉

She does have a bit of a mono-boob but it’s not really obvious when she’s wearing clothes.

So my etsy shop is about to offer for sale not only sewing patterns but bellydance tops!  They’re kind of related, as in they both revolve around sewing, but maybe I should just start up another separate shop for the tops.  Any thoughts?


On the Vintage Pattern Pledge front, I have my next pattern selected, and I have the fabric.  I just need to alter the pattern to my size (it’s 2 sizes too big) and away I will go!  Here’s the pattern and fabric I’ll be using:

Leach-Way 13775 pattern and fabric I intend to make it in

Leach-Way 13775 pattern and fabric I intend to make it in