|Marie Antoinette in her Muslin|
In previous posts, we have mentioned the importance of making a muslin, especially when you're using a pattern that you've not tried before. No matter how much you sew or how many garments you have made, pattern designers all have their own concepts of how a particular garment should fit. Making a muslin is the only way to insure that your garment will fit you the way you want it to. Isn't that why we sew for ourselves, anyway?
Remember the pants we were going to make out of a lovely wool? The muslin proved that this pattern was not going to look good on my body, no matter how great it fit.
Our New Look 6013 dress is another perfect example of why it's important not to assume that your customary pattern size will have a good fit. This pattern is a basic sheath dress with a raglan sleeve - it's meant to hug the body, so proper fitting is important.
Cutting out the muslin should be just as precise as the layout and cutting of the actual finished fabric - otherwise, proper fit could still be an issue.
Certain pattern pieces can be skipped in the muslin stage, as an option. For instance, we did not make a muslin of the facing pieces.
Here is why we make muslins: this pattern is my normal size, but look how much extra fabric there is in the body of the dress...we are so glad that we took the time to do a muslin test - this could have been another fitting disaster!
Pinning and marking the muslin shows us where we will adjust the final pattern of the fabric. Me thinks Laurel looks a little stressed, but she assured me that this process is well worth spending time to ensure a good fit.
After the muslin fitting, we know exactly where we will be adjusting the pattern pieces. The final garment will fit like a glove, all because of the care we took in the initial stages.
I am super excited about this dress! Stay tuned to see how we funk it up a bit...