Hey dummy!

I need a new dressmaker’s dummy. My duct tape double isn’t my twin anymore which is causing me problems. Chicafeliz is in town, I am hoping to rope her into helping me make a new dtd because it isn’t a one person job. This is my dtd wearing the blue dress that I made earlier this month. She looks like she was rode hard and put away wet, doesn’t she? Her stuffing is out of whack because I put a corset on her when I made my Dickens’ Fair costume, when I removed it her shape had changed. Originally she had a hook at the end of her neck so I could hang her, due to the weight of the dress the hook came out, that accounts for her odd neck.

With the change in the time, my schedule has been totally off. Yesterday, I took a nap and then went to bed at 8 pm, consequently I woke up at 3am. I woke up thinking about my dress, or rather the fit of my dress. When I finally gave up and got out of bed at 5 am, I tried on what I have done so far. It doesn’t fit right!
That isn’t as bad as it sounds since I have been thinking of redoing the bodice portion anyway. Here is the original bodice basted to one layer of the skirt.

The plum fabric is just pinned in. I coffee dyed the lace and some different bias strips to get an antique feel. I also did some machine embroidery on the bodice portion. I didn’t like this so much so I bought some lace to overlay on it.

I didn’t think the lace was fancy enough so I embellished it with some sequins in a translucent coffee colour. Here is the original lace and the embellished lace pinned on the bodice.

I decided that the sequins were too much so I contemplated a small shoulder cape or fichu out of the mauve chiffon to tone it down some.
I don’t like it, the cotton lace doesn’t go with the sequins, the sequins are too dressy for late afternoon.The cotton lace just doesn’t do it for me, it makes the dress too busy and introduces too many new colours. Finally, when I tried it on I found that it doesn’t fit well. I am remaking the top without the sequins, the satin inlay or the cotton lace. If you look over the dtd’s shoulder you will see some bead fringe hanging on the wall. It’s left over from another project (I was beading fringe for lampshades), it is the perfect colour so I am going to trim the neckline with it. I am also going to make a deeper neck so that I can wear a plum gauze shift that I have underneath. I’m going to keep the lace overlay because I like the way it matches the hat, but I am not embellishing it this time.
The mauve chiffon is going to become a simple stole or wide scarf instead of a fichu.
I have been machine embroidering the skirt with the purple to pull the colours together.
I am feeling better about this already.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Glorv1, thank you, I have done some major changes in the top part but I am liking it much better.
    Corrinne, yeah, I do need a new one. I saw one at the Brito in Plaza Dorado but it was still over $2500 mxp, which I would rather spend on something else. I will just have to make a new one.
    Minshap, that is so kind of you. Yeah, I am stubborn about this stuff, I have gotten better about it as I have gotten older. I think I will have it done by Wednesday the 5th.

  2. WOW! I’ve been busy with other stuff and just pop in once in awhile to see what’s doing… but today!! What a surprise to see all your work! Had to read up over several days time to get the whole picture. You’ve definitely got a stubborn streak in ya which is good in this case, as you’re going to end up with something out of this world. It’s already looking professionally chic to my eyes! And the hat is just fabulous! I loved reading how you did it! Good work, girl!

  3. OMG Theresa !!! I hope you can get a new dummy or maybe a slightly used one cuz this one is scarcy…

    I definitely want one someday but they are pricey.


  4. You definitely have artistic talent. I really like that and when it is done, I am sure you will look great in it. Happy Halloween.

  5. Islagringo, you are right about never being overdressed here, but it just wasn’t the feel that I envisioned for the dress. I am going to use the sequined pieces on something else. LOL,yes, at this point it’s just a tunic rather than a dress. I actually to put another panel or maybe two on the skirt.

  6. Whew! I got tired just reading about all the work. I liked the sequins though. One can never be overdressed in Mexico no matter what the time of day! Isn’t the dress kind of short though?

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