I Would Like You To Meet Inga!

(Originally posted on February 18, 2009)

Inga may be a little Swedish.

  She may also have a little accent. 

It wouldn't be surprising if she wears a French maid outift when others are not looking. 

Inga doesn't eat that much….she has the smallest waist I have ever seen! 

 I may throw a box of donuts Inga's way. 

Inga used to be plain Jane until I helped her out a bit. 

I hope you like the changes.


I started off by spraying a primer over the whole dressform . 

 I then painted a cream paint over the whole thing. 

 I needed to do a couple coats.




I then sponged on a thinned out glaze over the whole thing. 

 I worked in small sections. 

I bought Ralph Lauren smoke antique glaze and I would recommend the tea stain instead.

It is lighter and I think would hide mistakes better.



I painted the neck and base a glossy black, used sandpaper to age it and then stamped the neck with one of my Cavallini Paris stamps.


I love how she turned out. 

Until I can afford an incredible vintage dressform…Inga will do just fine.

(since this original post I have found an awesome vintage dressform)


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  1. Alyssa

    Inga is gorgeous!!! I am a bit jealous of her slender waist line. You did a great job fixing her up 🙂 I want one now. Not sure what I would do with it, but what the hell…

  2. Jackie

    Love Inga…I would love to get a dressform – where did you find her? (I’d love a vintage one too, but yikes! pricey!), so for now, a fixed up new one would be good. Hope you’re enjoying vacation!

  3. Beth Gales

    I also have been coveting a dress form….found a wire mesh one in someone’s trash but it is a little lopsided. It will have to do for now 🙂 I do love Inga though…turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amy Muffoletto

    I love her…. Inga can come visit me anytime…. Although I may not let her return. LOL. Such sweet peace I find here. Have a great weekend.. Hugs

  5. heather

    She looks fabulous. I love the little Paris stamp you added as well. Perfect touch! Now, if only she could cook and clean as well.

  6. Elaine Power

    Jeanne you have done a great job!! Inga is lovely & she wears your gorgeous apron so proudly, I have been on Ebay to try & purchase one but to no avail, I’ll keep searching.

  7. Stephanie

    I love her! you did a beautiful job! wish i had one of these forms! your lucky! thanks for sharing!

  8. mary

    a lovely name (it was my grandma’s, too) for a lovely lady:) she looks wonderful; thanks for the instructions!

  9. Nancy

    You did a great job and I love, love, love the aapron. I am going to be buying Christmas gifts from you to give to my family. I just got Tara Frey Blogging for Bliss book and so happy to see you included!
    You deserved to be recognized as you are a constant source of inspiration. Found out from my Mom that she has been to Galena! My dad was from Peoria and I asked her if Dad and her ever went there and she said yes, and thought it was a real neat town, even back in the day. All the more reason for a field trip!

  10. koralee

    I so love your inga…where did you find her?…I want to do something like that for my daughter’s room..you are right I have been looking at dress forms and boy they are alot of $$$$…Happy week to you!

  11. Brandie

    You did a great job with her! I have been wanting to do this too, just haven’t found the time to squeeze it in. It will be on the top of my list for my studio when we move. Can’t have a new studio space without a vintage dress form to pretty it up now can I? 😉

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