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Published on: 20 Mar 2017 by maria-s
Dressing up a mannequin from the outset might not look to be such a difficult job, but ask an expert and they will tell you there are hidden techniques and priorities to the whole process and mastering them especially if you have not done it before can be a cumbersome job. Gathering from an intensive research into the topic the list of most difficult tasks depending upon their level of difficulty is below:
· Turn back to straight upright position.
· Put shoes on.
· Finishing touches in dressing and styling.
· Pull on shorts, pants or lowers in general.
· Putting on undergarments in case they are required.
· Getting all clothing steamed or pressed appropriately.
· Turn upside down separating legs from torso.
· Sliding arms through sleeves, one at a time and attaching them to the torso.
To counter these problems, we have done some research in the job at hand and below are few of the recommended tips:
1. Make sure before starting anything that all clothing is steamed and pressed just the right way, ensuring all sleeves visible and rightly positioned. This will become a much more grueling task if you have to do it in the middle stage of the whole process. Remove all tags if you don’t want to display them safely for later use.
2. In the dismantling process firstly you would want to get the legs detached from the torso. Depending on the size and quality of the mannequin, they can be pretty heavy at times, twist and wiggle them just in the right position to take the legs off carefully without damaging or breaking anything.
3. Put undergarments on first if your choice of clothing needs it such as socks or tights or stockings even in some cases. Pull the shorts or pants on next and depending on the rigidness and tightness of the shoes you can put them on at this point as well. Make sure shoes are nice and secure if you choose to put them on at this stage.
4. Get the legs back in the upright straight position, you mind need some help with this one, re-attach the torso. Try to put the whole structure back on the base at this stage because this will help it stand on its own and you will require less hands doing the job. Fix the shorts or pants in proper place making them look proper sized and fit nicely.
5. The next step is getting the mannequin ready for the top part of the clothing to be put on. Remove the arms gently, there will be a noticeable seam at the hands as well. Pull off the hands too. Put the shirt or top on the torso and slide the arms thought the neck outward from the sleeves one by one and re-attach the hands arms.
6. It is the best practice to prepare the top and bottom parts separately but if you want to do it while the torso attached then you will need extra hands lifting the arms one on each side and then putting the whole thing on top of the torso. If you chose the first method attach the whole upper body in one piece back to the base, meaning the torso is to be attached with the base.
7. Move around the whole mannequin looking at all the sides folding and creasing the necessary parts. If there are any lose edges pin them up to make the mannequin look neat and tidy. This is important as your mannequin in order to look good will have to look as close to a real person as possible and no one likes to walk around with lose clothes hanging off.
8. Provide the finishing touches, style the mannequin, throw in some accessories like a bracelet or a necklace or maybe even a scarf. To make it look realistic, put some hair on it and make sure to style them. Make sure the hair of the color match the clothing and the whole layout is in one type of a theme and nothing looks out of place.Some Important Points
Now that you have had a pretty good idea of how to dress the mannequin up, here are a few important things to look at while proceeding with the task:
· Avoid dressing the mannequin up on the shop floor. Basically you don’t want to do it in front of the customers during opening hours. People get put off usually by seeing a human like body being dismantled and then put back together. Take it to the studio or the office and proceed there.
· Clean the mannequin beforehand, you don’t want it to look filthy and also dirty the clothing in the process, you will be good to sell the clothing taken off afterwards.
· Make sure either you dress one mannequin up at a time or keep a record of what limbs are coming off from which mannequin because not all mannequins are compatible with others in terms of incorporating limbs and parts.
· Some people think of re-painting the face and neck an easy job and proceed with it by themselves, this is not a good practice as you will not be able to provide the same level of finish and shine as an expert will. Leave the expert’s job for the expert because the head and neck parts will most probably be the open ones and will show the quality of material of your mannequin.
At the end we will like to wish you the best of luck while dressing up your mannequin. Once you have done the process a few times over it will get easier and you will get more familiar will the routine of the whole process.