Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mannequin Makeover OUI' LA LA  time for some high kicks.

Hello my name is- OUI' LA LA and I have had a lil makeover, O well my dear, a whole lot of a makeover....But I am kicking up my heels with glee, as to how da 
yous think,  PRETTY............Paris pretty with a vintage twist......Merci'e do you like me, with my pearls,and burlap touches and a fun petticoat,full of ruffles.

Do you think I am pretty with a French twist,this is the 4rth Mannequin for me,and after doing a Snow Queen, a Ballerina and a Fairy Queen. I thought a French twist...the Fairy Queen was over the top,she is on my header above and living in the Arlington area at a cute little shop... Mia of Simply Paris. Now the Ballerina is living in a sweet Teenagers room,her grandmother bought her for a Christmas present. Her Grandmother has a WOW booth at Moore & Garrett in Belton,TX. The Snow Queen went to San Antonia and is residing in a lil shop where she shows off their vintage jewelry. So we will see where Oui'la La  will reside,I expect a vendor will buy her for display purposes...or someone will use in their little space of vintage heaven.I am looking for a old floor lamp to use as her base,so she can stand in a corner and not rely on a table or chair..

Close up of the front and back of the Torso, and how I used Music sheets from who else but THE GRAPHIC FAIRY.Once I printed all the sheets(40) I then ran many of the sheets back through then printing with different graphics- using Paris as my search word. The graphics we're layered.  Then with Mod Podge, I went to work...So lets see how my around the world makeover started...I was not pretty in the beginning...I really was a mess, cracked and caved in- a mess!

As stated a mess,I was broken up badly through the bust and shoulders. The neckline was cracked as well as neckline. So I used fiberglass web tape and firmed up the cracks and breaks..I used some Paper-mache to fix where their was complete breaks.The overall repair corrected this vintage 30's or 40's girl. She has  fabric embossed into the Paper-mache toward the skirt. She does have a hole in her base so she can stand, I am looking for an old standing lamp base to use for her stand. So look at the next step. I used ASCP in old white because it will go over- anything...like tape and paper mache I wanted a smooth finish...so this where we go next- in my MakeOver.

 I lightly sanded her to smooth the finish. Here is a shot of the print outs, I did. The color is vintage soft and all the offerings from the Graphic Fairy are amazing...if you have a project- you have to check Karen out..she is on my side bar, look at todays fun graphic,let your imagination run ...
 Now use Mod Podge, this one is Gloss Lustre...but they have Matt and An Out Door product..this stuff will give a firm finish and a more professional polish, to what Elmers and water will do...So with the combination of these tools and a little water I cover our Makeover girl...If you get your paper wet you reduce wrinkles and you can push out the bubbles...with a credit card...so lets get messy, and this is the one part! you will get messy! with Mod Podge it is hard to help, but I do suggest use a paper plate and pour a little on the plate, work off the plate not from the jar, use an old brush,because when you are done it will be shot. Use both under the sheet and over- sealing the sheet to your surface. 
So whats next for the makeover after all this De Co Page is done,,, lets look

 The entire form has been covered so she can be used without the skirt..but for a can-can kick,I had found this great little petticoat with layers and layers to give your skirt a sweep. I then used Burlap,to give the waistline a more finished touch. I did a little Burlap at the neckline too..the skirt can be worn alone. 
I displayed Miss Oui'La La on my table and pulled a few pretty's I have..I think the pictures would have been better with out...but one step at a time with learning....picture taking ....It's not my effort to improve the pic,I think it's my staging and the camera it'self....some day a better camera for improved pic's
Check out Miss Mustard Seeds latest post on pictures taking for your blog. She is also on my side bar...so hop on over, good points...

 This is close up of one of the items I used in my staging. A pretty shell full of beads my mom wore on her wedding day,some of my Dad's Pocket watches, and some of my grandmothers vintage pins...as well as some pretty rocks,Quartz and touches of Mica, a little group of things I love, and will some day go to my grand Daughter Alexandria....she loves shinny and pretty,My necklaces are never safe with her...so a final shot of Oui'La La with some costume beads that will go with her..I added another set when I placed her in the store...she sits pretty in a lovely chair waiting for her new home, .....I hope you liked a short version, of how to take a mannequin from O so sad to o so glad to give a high kick....Thank you as always for your comments,suggestions and if you have a question I will try to answer via email....See you next time...A wardrobe is in my Future, So out with my trusty Crocs...and lets get the paint out...
To my new follower's a heartfelt thank you!!!time for a little blog hop.....


The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Kathryn, she's just GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful transformation!! And I just love her with the skirt...My photos do that a lot when I am taking pics with incandescent lighting...usually if I work on the "temperature" or color of the photo, take out some red and yellow, they look better. You just have to play a little in a photo editing program. Wishing you a wonderful, creative week ahead, hugs and love, Dawn

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Wow... you did a fabulous job!! She may even be a bit embarrassed about her 'before' shot. hee hee :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!…

Vintage Street Designs said...

WOW...AMAZING!!! I love it! Hopped over from Brag Monday and I'm happy to be your newest follower! Would love for you to stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

Bliss said...

That is quite a makeover!


Diann said...

I think she turned out beautiful! And what a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing this with us last week at TTF. I hope you are having a terrific week!

Full Circle Creations said...

She looks amazing! Wonderfully done! Thanks so much for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


Debbiedoo's said...

WOW this is rockin cool. I love how it turned out. Glad you joined in over at the copy cat party. Would love if you added my link indicating that. I would love to see others join in and/or visit from it. Thanks.

Debi Bolocofsky said...

I love the mannequin. You did a beautiful job. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. You can find it at


I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above

Linda said...

Wow...gorgeous! This is a divine makeover. Your are so talented. I am your newest follower. I hope you come by for a visit.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Hello friend! She is amazing! I love the new Look with her sweet tutu! You have such an eye!


Tani@Tagana Rose said...

Wow, you did an amazing job Kat! I love the skirt. Have a wonderful weekend:)

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Hi Kat,
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful mannequin last week with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. I love what you did with it. The link party is open now for this week.
Just follow this link.
Debi Bolocofsky