Monday, May 16, 2011

Dress Form!

Creative post title, right?

Look what my parents bought me for x-mas next year?

A PGM Industry Pro dress form!  We found her at one of my favorite swapmeets/antique fairs for less than 1/2 the price they sell for new.  She's in great condition with the exception of a little dirt.  It looks like maybe some dark purple fabric transferred on to her too.

She's close to my measurements and has collapsible shoulders.  I'm excited that I can work on a project for me and not have to try it on every two seconds.  I can drape on her too!

She doesn't have a name yet.  I can't think of anything I like.  She's just "dress form" for now.

Anyways, I was really wondering if anyone could give suggestions for cleaning her.  We vacuumed the linen and then took a Mr. Clean Eraser to her, but dirt didn't come off.  I'm afraid of wetting the linen and being too abrasive because when we got a little rougher in the cleaning, the fabric seemed to start to stretch out of place.  Any other suggestions?
purple boobage.

see the dirt? ^

Thanks to Nikki, my newest Follower.  I've been going through my vintage pattern stash to see what I want to giveaway!

Pearl rides in the laundry basket when I haul it up and down the stairs. 


  1. Yay for the new dress form! Congratulations on your new gal! You should name her Stella b/c what's better than yelling "Stelllllaaaa!"? :)

    I had to put a bra on my form (Betty) to get the right shape for her boobular area. That would surely cover up your gal's purple spot. Also, I never leave my form uncovered (horrors!), so you could enjoy dressing her up in fun outfits when she's not pressed into service.

    Enjoy the new family member!

  2. What a fab gift! I am quite in awe at the detail on the rear of the form, I don't think I've seen that much before on a dress-form!

    I have no idea on how to clean her, but what about sewing her a new cover in a pretty fabric. Lots of people seem to have done that so there must be tutorials on the interweb. Also it gives you the opportunity to pad out areas that need it under the cover.

    Collapsible shoulders are a real boon! I tried to put a dress on my form the other week to pin the hem and discovered I could not get the frock on over the shoulders or the hips, I was so annoyed. It means the dress is now waiting for me to visit another sewer who can pin up the hem for me, bahh.