But having said that, I still resist, and I don't do it with every garment. The Mondo top... nope, no muslin. The Lady Grey coat, 3(!) muslins. Actually, I find that even though the lovely Colette Patterns are more "true to size" than the Big 4, I still cross the size ranges, AND the designs are more fitted, and they especially need to be muslined.
[And aside, since I'm on the subject, my idea of muslin is not to make it wearable. Oh, no. I think wearable muslin is a misnomer anyway. If you are making a garment out of some kind of fashion fabric, even cheap, expendable, fabric, and you have the idea that you might wear it out in public, then I call that simply practice, and it certainly has its place in sewing... I've done it, too.]
So, yeah. Here's the pattern that is up next:
And here's what the muslin looks like on me:
- First, check out Pattern Review to see what quirks others have discovered. Might save some time if you're looking out for a particular issue.
- Cut out one size to start with and go from there. Did I do that? No.
- I don't really have narrow shoulders, but rather the area under my neck and above the boobs, in between my arms, is kind of narrow.
- Sleeve fit/armscye fit is really difficult. Even for pattern makers. This length looks right for me, but I'll have to add the hem.
- Colette Patterns are notoriously short bodiced, and short in length.
- Don't get obsessed. You can over fit a pattern.
- This muslin is misleading. I have actually redone the front yoke to take into account the narrow chest issue.
And... I'm ready to cut. I'm not going to use the muslin as pattern. I am going to make the seam allowance of the skirt and the midriff pieces 1". My fashion fabric has a bit of stretch, but I want some leeway. I'm also going to put the zipper in the center back and not the side.
That's it. I learn a lot from each muslin I make, both about the garment construction and about my own shape. I can't wait to get started on this dress. Finally. Of course, there is all that pesky Christmas stuff that must be done this weekend, too, so I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done.