I got the second muslin done. I really like the way the front turned out. It fits extremely well with my alterations. However, I can't seem to eliminate the pointedness at the dart end. I think it may just be the nature of this type of fabric. So I'm considering making this an armhole princess seam to match the armhole princess seam in the back. Then I can eliminate the pointed dart. If I do that, then I will eliminate the side waist seam. Unfortunately, that seam is one of the reasons it's such a cute pattern.
For the pink muslin, I did a high rounded back alteration and eliminated the dart. That alteration was a big mistake as you can see in the photo. It gave me a sort of camel hump and raised the neckline way too high for me.
Then I recut the back eliminating the high rounded back alteration and put the shoulder darts back in.
The neck is still a tad too high, but I can always cut it down when I cut the real fabric. The problem I see and still need to eliminate is the way it collapses in the back behind the armhole. Tomorrow I'm taking it to work and having my sewing friend see if she can pin out the excess fullness.
The side looks really pretty good even on the camel hump version. I'm happy that I got enough circumference for my body without major alterations. You can see in the next photo how I got the circumference.
I added 1/2" to the side seam near the armhole and then went to 1" at the waist down through the hip. I also had to do this to the rest of the front side seam on the front pattern piece and on the back side pattern pieces.
The biggest problem I saw on the first muslin was that the shoulders were too wide. Also, there was too much in the upper chest area. What I decided to do instead of just cut off the excess was to cut a line to the dart and overlap 3/4" to make the narrow shoulder adjustment.
I also cut and overlapped in the back. The blue lines are my seam lines trued up and the grain line trued. This picture was taken before I removed the rounded back alteration.
Well, am I ready to cut the good fabric yet at 2 1/2 muslins?