I stopped at one of my favorite thrift shops yesterday and one of the things I found was this little sweetie! It's actually a lid, her base was missing. I thought she was so cute even though her base/dress was missing.
I made a simple little birdcage base out of wire to create a new dress for her. A little vintage, pink bird is perfectly happy perched on the swing inside.
The top layer is an antique lace collar... kind of like what some people call a dickey. The pieces on the sides of her dress are the part of the collar that would go over your shoulders and snap at the back of the neck, the front of the collar is on the back of her dress which you will see in a moment.
I added an old doily directly under her, covering the top of the birdcage and then added some delicate lace trim around the exposed lid edge. There are also a couple of clear plastic "crystals" on the sides but I know they are very hard to see in these pictures.
This is the back of her dress and the front of that antique lace collar, isn't it pretty? I've been saving this thing for years, I'm so glad I finally found the perfect use for it! You can also see the pleating of the old dress fabric. I added some scalloped trim around the bottom to cover the raw edge.
I'm so happy with how she turned out and I'm glad that whoever donated her to the thrift shop didn't throw her out since her base was most likely broken. She cost me a whole $2.50, all the other stuff I had!