On opening the box you will find several body parts. But look first for the stand and assemble the foot peg onto the glass, wooden or metal base plate. Most mannequins come with calf pegs and can wear shoes. This normally slides over the foot peg and fixes into the back of the ‘big leg’. This is the body part that houses the hole for the foot peg to go into. To enable balance, it usually carries the whole pelvis area too.
Some mannequins (such as straight stood poses) have both legs and pelvis joined together. The big leg and the little leg are the next items you need. Turn both upside down, exposing the lock and pin fixing at the top of the ‘missing’ leg. Put the little leg in place as it would be if completely on. Turn it flat so that the pin drops, then turn it back into place. Turning the legs right way up will enable you to place it on the stand. There is a hole in the bottom of the ‘big leg’ foot and you can put the mannequin legs on here. If they are wearing shoes, slide the calf peg over the foot peg and secure. There is a hole on the back of the calf of the ‘big leg’ and the top of the calf peg goes into this hole. Please don’t twist and turn the mannequin onto the stand otherwise the leg can crack. They are surprisingly fragile in the wrong hands! If you are dressing as you assemble, prior to putting the mannequin on the stand, is a good time to put on trousers or skirts.
The next fitting up is either another lock and pin or an ice cream cone which screws in. Once this has been identified the torso can go onto the legs, again put the body on as it will be when fixed, then turn it so that the pin drops and then turn the body to sit correctly. Now is a good time for putting clothes on the mannequins body.
Arms and hands should be quite straight forward, but if your mannequin is already dressed on top, you can thread the arms through the sleeves – either way will work – either up through or down into the sleeves.
If you have any concerns, please call a member of our team on 01400 272219. We will then talk you through it and help you deal with any problem accordingly.