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Dainty Dorothy

Dainty Dorothy

 “Dorothy”   There have been so many iconic dresses to come out of the cinematic world. We all have a favourite or two. Sass recalls a childhood experience of watching The Wizard of Oz at the cinema and being captivated by Dorothy’s homespun gingham pinafore. “It’s not that it was an amazing cut or design, on the contrary it was that it epitomised the innocence and naivety of the stranded Dorothy.” What could be more innocent than a swathe of gingham? As part of a series of iconic dresses executed in half size Dorothy is as authentic as possible, from the reduced scale gingham to the rickrack on the blouse. It is a joy to behold for anyone with an interest in...

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Diminutive Dior

Diminutive Dior

In our never ending quest to bring you all things half size, here’s another visual treat for you. In this video clip the nice folks at Dior have reproduced a delightfully feminine dress called “Miss Dior” from their Spring/Summer haute couture collection of 1949. Less than four years since the end of the Second World War this kind of frothy, indulgent offering would have been a breath of fresh air after the restrictions and shortages endured during the conflict in Europe. At first you can see the full size dress on the mannequin before quickly being introduced to the diminutive “half size” mannequin. The seamstress is placing muslin fabric pieces to the mannequin...

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Couture in miniature

Couture in miniature

The team here at Half Size Mannequins wanted to share this amazing video with you as it illustrates how the professionals at Dior use half size mannequins in the workroom. They are showcasing a dress called “Mexique” from their Autumn/Winter collection of 1951 when Dior was at the vanguard of a fashion revolution, reproducing it in half size. We’ve already expounded the virtues of these little darlings on our website but this is so charming we couldn’t keep it to ourselves once we found it. It’s not too long so sit back, break out the popcorn and enjoy. The opening sequence shows a close up of gold sequins on fabric, moving to a velvet bow before pulling back to reveal...

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Maggie’s story

Maggie’s story

I Have been working with knitwear, yarn and machines for over 25 years. Although I have always loved making things, knitwear found me just after I had left school and somehow it has never let me go. I will always have an enduring fascination with how knitting and its machines works. It was a chance comment from Sass that started this all off. She had been giving me pattern cutting lessons, something I had wanted to do for years but hadn’t found the right person to teach me, when she mentioned that what I needed was a half size mannequin. My ears pricked up as I had been looking for an affordable one of these for years and so began a long discussion in to how we could...

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Sass’s story

Sass’s story

Hello, my name is Sass and I’ve been sewing since I was four. I didn’t make anything, just joined scraps of fabric together in any random fashion; waste from garments my mother and grandmother had made for them by fantastically exotic creatures with workrooms and magical tools. At least that’s how they seemed to my four year old self. I was convinced I was doing the same thing but quickly realised I had to figure a few things out. This prompted my penchant for taking garments apart, regardless of whether the owner had discarded them or not. I became the bane of my extended family and their friends. Local jumble sales were a treasure trove of ball gowns and party frocks,...

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