It's been a while since I brought Penelope home, and she's been sat there taunting me for a while. I admit, I put on a few (quite a few) pounds over Christmas and New Year. I really intended to loose them again before fitting out Penelope but well, its nearly the end of March and that hasn't happened yet. I can't make the poor girl wait there all naked any longer.
If you are new here, you might have missed the installments earlier this year. In the first video, I looked at Penelope as she arrived from PGM, and talked through the features. I admit, I was gushing and silly, all giggly and excited. She was so beautiful!
In the second video, I looked at the Fabulous Fit Padding System and Body Wrap. You can buy just the foam pads or add extra inches with the body wrap kit too. The pads really are very flexible, soft and feel very ‘body-like'. It's a very versatile system that can be used on any dress form.
The great thing about the padding system, if / when I do manage to loose a few pounds here and there, I should just be able to slightly move or change the padding to accommodate those body changes. No need to fork out for a new dress form – phew. Plus, in the unfortunate event of Christmas coming again this year, I still have some pads and the body wrap system so I can always add a few pounds if I really really have to.
Take a look at my finished Penelope. My first try is pretty good I think – took me about 50 minutes from start to finish including taking my own measurements and padding out Penny. I can see now from the video that although the measurements are correct around, the shaping of the lower hips and behind could probably be improved upon. It's a work in progress and I'm sure as I use her for fitting I'll make small tweaks to the pad placement until it's just right.
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If you are thinking about getting either a dress form, the padding kit or both, can I ask you to check out the So Sew Easy Store? The dress forms and the padding kit are both offered at a discounted price, and will ship to you direct from the manufacturer, although only to US addresses.
I'm so excited to have a fitting model to help me out. It's going to be great, not just for helping me fit my own clothes from patterns, but she'll also be a great help to me in designing new patterns, seeing exactly how I can transform draped fabrics into flat pattern pieces. She's already hard at work modelling a new flirty skirt I'm working on for summer that you can see on the left of the sofa behind…
[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]