Saturday, May 9, 2009

Ten Yards of Muslin Gone

And nothing to show for it. Well, that's not exactly true. I have five new patterns made up in muslin and nothing that is ready to be cut with the fashion fabric. I get so tired of sewing muslins. I can't wear muslin to work but as a fitting tool, it's the best thing there is. I know I've convinced more than a few of you to make them. But good grief, I just want some woven summer tops made from actual fashion fabric. I think I need some cheese for my whine. I actually know someone who can sew from the envelope. One person. That means I'm not the only one who has to alter. So, without further ado, here's my weeks worth of work.

This is the one that shows the most promise. The pattern was drafted from my block that I made when I was taking my Patternmaking class 3 years ago. I actually drafted it as a wrap dress and then never made it. I took the pattern and traced it, removing 16" from the hem and cutting it on the center front. At least I think it was the center front, I had it marked as the grainline. I've already altered the new pattern to give me more room around the midriff. It could also use just a tiny bit of length removed above the bust. The sleeve fits well, luckily.

This is a new pattern I just picked up today. It's S2599 and is drafted for separate B/C/D cup sizes. I cut the 18 D cup, which probably would have been fine if it was a women's size and not misses. I also sloped the shoulders like I always do, but now the neckline is all wonky and was even before I cut open the bust to see how much more room I needed. This one does have potentional though. It'll need a FBA even though I'm not a D cup. I'm actually looking forward to getting this one made.

This is S4967 and is huge on me. I think I'll abandon this one altogether.

This one is S2697. I like it and I haven't given up on it yet. I need to shorten it above the bust so the neckline sits lower, add some to the hips and work on the darts, but it has potential. Sorry about the picture, I was having an ugly day.

This one is New Look 6179. While it is obviously too small, I like it. I think I need to take new measurements of myself. I don't seem to be as small as I think I am. I have to recommit to my weight loss. Obviously I'm not doing very well.

So that's it. Tomorrow is Mother's day and I'm going to try to get out of going to my MIL's house and stay home to sew. DH will enjoy his day with her without the noise of DS and me. They both have hearing loss and I can't handle both of them at the same time for very long. Too bad too, because she is a really wonderful lady. I'm so lucky to have such a nice MIL.

To all the Mothers out there, have a wonderful day.


  1. When you get the muslin you like, do you transfer the changes to the paper pattern, or do you use the muslin as a pattern?

  2. You have been productive. I admire your abiity to read your muslins and make adjustments. I am still a pattern fitting girl but learn from you and others about muslins. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  3. I'd say you have been very productive! On 2599, could you use a smaller size and then a larger FBA? Not quite sure how else you would get rid of that neckline wonk. It almost looks like it needs a princess seam extending into the neckline. Great work, as usual, Sherrill.

  4. Good work on those muslins. Have you tried Connie Crawford's patterns produced by Butterick? I've heard some good comments about them. I make muslins also. I made one yesterday, in fact, for a t-shirt. T SHIRT !! I am picky about how my t's fit.

  5. You have waaayyyy more patience than I do. I guess that's why I don't sew for myself. Gotta get up the nerve to work on the fitting issue. I'm impressed that you understand exactly what is wrong with each one and know what to do about it.

  6. I know I hate to make the muslin also. I'm always glad when I do, but I'm so impatient. After doing the muslins you will be able to sew the fashion fabric in record speed. Great work!

  7. It pays to be patient, I like that top that goes straigt across your chest, it will be very goodlooking, good luck with all the alterations:-)


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