I want to introduce you to my newest best friend. This is Penelope. Penelope started out life as a PGM Pro 601 Dress Form, but she is soon destined to become me. I'm sure the poor girl has mixed feelings about this. At the moment, she is young, firm, perky even, with her high bust, slim hips and pert rounded behind. But soon she is to gain 20 years, about 20 pounds and loose that hourglass figure. It happens to us all I told her, but I swear I could hear her quietly sobbing…
I first came across Penelope when I started my research into a dress form. Do you remember that I even tried to make my own? Initial results in my Duct Tape Dress Form were great, but over enthusiastic filling with expanding foam resulted in a grotesque that simply sat next to the road scaring tourists until she was collected and taken to a special new home by the bin men.
So I'm no stranger to the budget option. I read plenty of reviews about the adjustable dress forms and I always seemed to be between sizes, or read that having to expand one part so much further than others didn't quite work out right. Many sewers complained that never seemed to stay set, were flimsy, broke easily etc. So I decided to jump in with both feet and go with quality. I am SO glad that I did. She is quite simply the nicest thing I have ever owned.
When I opened the box, I was just blown away. She is so very well made, so precise, so perfect. Everything I wanted. These are some of the features:
- Heavy duty traditional cast iron base with 4 wheels or castors
- Natural body shaped with shaped buttock
- With collapsible shoulders
- 100% linen cover
- With bump-out side seams to enable you feel them when draping with fabric
Easily pivot or adjust the height by stepping on a foot pedal, then set it solidly to match your own for hemming etc.
- Very quick and easy to assemble.
PGM Pro 601 Dress Form – Video Review
I recorded a video of me and Penelope. Just so you can see her in real life.
I feel a bit embarrassed watching it back because I just keep repeating over and over again – very high quality. Truth is, I knew I was ordering high quality but when it came, I was still amazed and delighted how perfect and wonderful she is. And I was so excited but trying to be cool and pretend I wasn't feeling all girly and giggly about it. You certainly won't be disappointed if you choose to get one of these for yourself.
In fact, I was so impressed and delighted that I contacted PGM and asked if I could recommend their dress forms to my readers, AND give you a discount. I'm pleased to say the lovely people at PGM were happy to say ‘yes of course'. So you'll now find Penelope and her sisters listed in the So Sew Easy Store.
Have you visited the new store pages? I did some work on the store in December to make it look a bit more attractive and I added in some new features. So now the store includes links to some of my favorite sewing supplies, books, machines etc on Amazon, as well as sewing supplies I recommend from other online retailers, my own sewing patterns, and links through to some of the sewing courses I recommend on Craftsy.
Penelope, the 601 model is available, along with her sister the 602 model. While the 601 has the shaped behind, the 602 is a little simpler and has a flat hip and there is also a 602b which is the same but without the collapsible shoulders. With the 602b you still get that same amazing quality, but with the flat hip and fixed shoulders its also available at an amazing price too. You can find them all listed in the So Sew Easy Store.
PGM Pro dress forms (prices starting at $179.00):
Padding the Dress Form
Penelope needs to put on a bit of weight and I'll be doing this with the Body Wrap and Padding Kit from Fabulous Fit. I'll show you the kit I got in the next post in the ‘Penelope' series. If you got some Christmas money to spend, why not invest in your sewing this year and get a dress form, and follow along as we can customise them together.
[Update – you can also now learn more about how to customise your dress form for the perfect fit in a new Craftsy class – Fitting Essentials: Customize Your Dress Form]