If you’re anything like me (fashion obsessed and inclined to do
weird inventive things), then you’ve had friends and family send you photos of Christmas Tree Dresses. The past two years, my sister and super creative Aunt both sent me several of these photos demanding that I create my own Mannequin Christmas Tree Dress of my dreams! Thanks to my friend Brandy (check out her jewelry line!), who loaned me this amazingly fabulous mannequin I was able to make that dream a reality this holiday season.
I really hoped that I could find a mannequin with a head and arms, rather than just a dress form. Although those can turn out beautifully for this project, I knew the arms and head would really put it over the top visually! Check out Lola posing next to our girl and her little miniature pet glitter deer. Lucy was being difficult to photograph, but I did capture a cute photo with both dogs, you can see it on Instagram.
Here’s a close up from the front. You can see I made a little headpiece of our leftover greenery and attached a couple little red birds to it for a whimsical touch. The snowflake accessories are like little purses, and I used blue bead trim for a necklace that wraps down her back in is clutched in her left hand. The top is actually a piece of fabric my mom brought home from India years ago. It’s co beautiful that I never wanted to cut into it to make something, so for this I just folded and pinned to turn it into a sweetheart neckline top, with a piece of navy tulle defining the waist.
Wondering how I made this? I took progress photos along the way, so you can scroll down and see this beautiful girl come to life! What you can’t see from these photos is the 2 hours it took me to figure out the right pole to mount the mannequin on the tree. You know what I ended up using? A broom handle! Just unscrewed the bristle part and it was the perfect diameter to connect the mannequin to the tree.