08/02/2017 at 8:27 am #21151
i am looking at mannequin torso’s
Do I really need a male and a female?
If I were to buy just one what sex would it be?
08/02/2017 at 9:02 am #21160
I scavenged one of each. They are shaped differently (bust and waist) to fit the male/female form properly, and my items look a lot better when they are on the proper sex.
08/02/2017 at 11:07 am #21169
I have a real nice petite female mannequin. Got it for free when a clothing store at the mall shut down. We’re just now starting to use it. Works great for female clothes but mens clothes are just “off”. I don’t really want to buy a mens mannequin so the plan is to pad a tshirt with foam and then cover it with another t-shirt to make a “muscle costume” for the female mannequin we can take on and off. Kind of like the superhero kids costumes.
….in reality I should probably stop cheaping out and just buy a man torso. Lol!
08/02/2017 at 11:21 am #21173
- Location: Arizona
Do you sell more women’s clothing or men’s? If neither, I’d just get a female mannequin first. Maybe I am being stereotypical here, but I feel that women are more likely to want to see what a piece of clothing looks like on a human form before they buy it. In my experience, Men don’t really care as much. Also I would assume that more women shop on line, and shop for clothing in general! My side of the closet is much more full than my husband’s. 🙂
I scavenged a female sewing mannequin from the dumpster near my work. There is a bridal gown store nearby, so it came from there. I never planned on getting a male torso because I don’t sell as much men’s clothing. But, I happened upon one at a yard sale for $5 so I got it.
08/02/2017 at 11:32 am #21175
I think you are basically correct, women are more interested in the look…but men don’t want to see boobs in their shirts either!
I am mostly men, but I get some women’s clothing periodically.
08/02/2017 at 12:55 pm #21183
I turn my female mannequin backwards, so the “back” of the female is the “front” of the male. It’s not ideal, but it has worked a few times.
08/02/2017 at 3:48 pm #21199
thats pretty smart
08/03/2017 at 7:49 am #21228
Another possibility is to buy the male torso. Then buy a bra that fits the mannequin with lots of padding or use foam, tissue, cotton balls, whatever to make “boobs”. When you have women’s clothing, put the bra on the male torso. The only issue is that a real slinky dress or one that has spaghetti straps or no straps at all will not look right. Of course, you could buy a strapless bra with padding – I’ve never done that, but it should work.
I used to have a female mannequin, and I would put men’s clothes on backwards. I don’t think it looks right. Here is a recent sold listing where I did just that:
BTW, I decided not to use mannequins any more. I like Jay and Ryanne’s method of laying it flat on the floor. For example:
08/03/2017 at 8:10 am #21231
I put a 2X mens tshirt on my femal mannequin last night as a test. Works great! Brilliantly simple solution.
08/03/2017 at 8:10 am #21232
thanks for the reply and for including the URL’s
(nice carved wood table you have listed by the way – pretty cool )
08/03/2017 at 8:28 am #21238
I think so, but the table has been listed since October with no activity. I guess it is waiting for the right buyer!
08/03/2017 at 8:29 am #21239
We’re on team “photograph clothes flat on the floor”. We have no issues selling clothes this way.
Our floors are nice hardwood, clean and uncluttered. We have nice natural light.
08/03/2017 at 1:51 pm #21279
I typically photograph flat, but have been experimenting with a mannequin.
Photographing clothes on the floor just plain sucks though. That’s a lot of bending over. I use a table. If it is a long item, I use a step stool to get higher up to get a better angle on the item.
I also have a small folding table with adjustable legs. I can put the table about 18″ off the floor which is much better than being all the way on the floor.
Generally I would like at least my main photo to be on a mannequin. It just looks a bit more professional for some items.
08/03/2017 at 5:20 pm #21304
I use a mannequin as it looks better and is faster for me. I only flat lay for a gallery shot, and that is on a table with a white background. Works for me, and listing is 12 minutes per item.
08/03/2017 at 5:27 pm #21307
Definitely depends on what kind of cloths you’re photographing. If its just men’s golf shirts, pretty quick to get on/off a mannequin. Button shirts take much longer. Jeans and pants seem nuts to try to fit on a mannequin.
But again, it’s dealer’s choice.
08/03/2017 at 9:16 pm #21330
I had a mannequin at one time. It was a women’s large size, but was a bit adjustable. When I put a small size on, the shirt would be stretched out. When I had something extra large, it would drape. It had to be the right size in order to look good. I’m running out of room these days, so I decided to go the lay flat on the floor route.
I think that to do it right you would need mannequins in different sizes. My adjustable one, which was really a form for sewing, had knobs that would show up in the photos if the shirt was too low. It just wasn’t working for me.
08/03/2017 at 2:35 pm #21282
- Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I also lay my clothes flat to sell them. I have three different backgrounds that I made (a flat white, flat black, and laminate flooring) by painting or putting the flooring on a thin sheet of plywood. They are large enough to fit large clothing items, but thin enough to store. It also gives me contrast options (for example, a white shirt on a white background doesn’t look good or something looks off-white).
I only have concrete and carpeted floors, so the boards are a good solution if you don’t have nice floors to lay your items on.
08/10/2017 at 9:25 am #21608
Jay – what about hats? You say you’re team floor, but do you photograph hats on the floor too? Beanies I could understand, but ball caps and structured hats must require a head, surely?
08/10/2017 at 9:32 am #21613
We’re experimenting. With hats, you dont take photos from above with the hat laying on the floor. We take photos of hats on a table with the hat propped up on something.
Again, its a personally choice. I think mannequins are creepy.
08/10/2017 at 4:06 pm #21634
We found a foam head for caps and hats. Hobby Lobby may have them as well.
08/10/2017 at 11:12 am #21621
Styrofoam head all the way for hats. It works sooo much better. The hat looks better because it has shape. Listing is quicker too. I got one off amazon for like $8. I’ve seen them at craft stores and even walmart too.
It’s just a solid white Styrofoam head with minimal facial features.
Mine’s name is Bob. 😀
08/10/2017 at 12:15 pm #21624
I think this look is fine without a mannequin head: https://www.etsy.com/listing/535148340/vintage-rolls-royce-snap-back-hat-blue
Again, its all about your personal style. Both are fine.
08/11/2017 at 10:27 am #21660
Not all hats stand up well I learned.
My best hat sale for mannequin example:
08/10/2017 at 11:23 am #21622
08/11/2017 at 9:03 pm #21681
- Location: Arizona
I love creepy mannequins!
I got a styro Frankenstein’s Monster head at Michael’s last Halloween time. I use it for most of my hat photos. 🙂 But I also like to take a photo of the hat just on a table, too, if it sits nice.
08/12/2017 at 2:56 pm #21692
Ooh, share a photo of your monster head? Or a link to a listing with it? Such fun! 🙂
08/14/2017 at 9:31 am #21752
Suzanne A Wells says she concentrates on women’s clothing, and in her one store you can see over 200 women’s items, but only 4 men’s. However, I was amused to note that her men’s shirts have “boobs”. She’s obviously using her female mannequin.
08/14/2017 at 2:00 pm #21766
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I just finally upgraded to a full (headless) mannie..BUT the second thing I did was modify her arms to Magnetic Arms !!! and put her on a ball-bearing turntable !!! Game Changer !!! I documented the process or I’ll be glad to answer any questions about it
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