Look of the Week, July 12, 2010: Name that Dress Form Edition

July 12, 2010

Maybe about a month ago, a Mimi’s Attic consignor brought in a child-sized dress form, and the staff here at the Goose completely kvelled. (I’m bringing the Yiddish this week on the blog — don’t know why, but it’s working for me.)  We’d been wanting a mannequin for ages, and now here she was, our very own size 10-14 headless little inanimate girl.  She provides hours of dress-up fun, and now I’ve decided to create a little imaginary world for her as well.  

I need your help, though.  Our dress form desperately needs a name — there’s the chance that a gosling or two may have decided on some moniker or another, but nothing has caught on, and our girl deserves better.  Below, you’ll find an excerpt from a never-to-be-completed young adult novel by yours truly, written in order to showcase today’s Look of the Week, and using blanks where our dress form’s name should be.  Read the blurb and then, in the comments below, name our heroine.  Make her feel like a real girl. 

The day was cooling off.  Though the sun was still visible, a cool breeze had started to drift in from the lake, and _______ could feel it as she waited on the cottage porch.  She glanced at the clock of the cell phone her parents had finally gotten her.  Six minutes until Jeffrey was scheduled to arrive.  She adjusted her size 9 Gymboree skirt (which, were it for sale at Ithaca’s premiere children’s resale store, would cost $3.25) and wondered why she felt so strange.  Jeffrey had picked her up on this porch hundreds of times… they’d spent summers in cottages next-door to each other since they were babies, but everyone knew this night was different.  She’d caught her mother trying to hold back tears as she selected her XL Abercrombie tank-top (which would, if for sale at this hypothetical resale shop, cost $2.50), and heard her father mutter something about being too young for a first date. 

__________ wished they wouldn’t make such a fuss over it.  She was having enough trouble as it was, trying to figure out why she was nervous to go to the same ice cream shop and the same mini golf place they’d been just the summer before.  Just as her stomach tied itself in yet another knot, she saw Jeffrey’s blonde head surface from the woods separating their two properties. 

“I’m leaving!” she shouted in towards her parents, who were doing a terrible job pretending not to spy.

“Take a jacket!”  replied her mother.  (Perhaps a Gap Kids denim jacket in an XXL that would cost $5.95 at the above-mentioned resale store.)  “It might get chilly.”  

So ________ did, and off she went, into a brand new era of her adolescence where, no matter what happened, she would be well-dressed. 

-Meryl at the Goose


21 Responses to “Look of the Week, July 12, 2010: Name that Dress Form Edition”

  1. margie Says:

    Delilah comes to mind.

  2. Karen Says:

    Helen, I think.

  3. Melody Wilder Says:

    Jeffrey got “goose” bumps when he saw Roxy. ;o)

  4. Joey's Mom Says:

    Eliza, for Eliza Doolittle.

  5. Kriss Says:

    I’m partial to Bella!

  6. Gwynne Says:

    Kate, because it’s the most perfect name in all existence.

  7. Morgan Liddell Says:

    I second Delilah!!

  8. melody Says:


  9. melody ramsey Says:


  10. debbie Says:

    she looks like an emily.

  11. Andrea Says:

    I vote for Abby.

  12. Lori Says:


  13. Chloe Says:

    Cendrine, because your little girl is going bear foot on a date and Cinderella’s real first name is Cucendron in old french which nowday evolved in Cendrine. Not to mentionned she’s got a lot of ferie goose/good mothers to help her dress up.

  14. Jamie O. Says:

    It’s short, easy to spell and pronounce, and feminine.

    If you’re looking for some unique I also really like Kadie, that’s our youngest daughter’s name. Also short, easy to spell and pronounce (kay-dee). And how many Kadies do you know? With Kadie there’s no name stereotype.

    If you’re interested in the story behind our daughter’s name I linked to my blog post about it.

  15. Peggy Says:

    I think Sadie is a nice name for your headless honey!

  16. Kimberly Hanrahan Says:

    Gia for Gossling In Action ; )

  17. Deborah Says:

    Venus — as in the Venus di Milo statue, which has no arms.

  18. Oh my goodness! How will we ever decide?

  19. Amy Says:

    Myra just seems to fit… it flows, is easy to say, and is a little bit different.

    Have you picked one yet?!

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