I estimate that I have about twenty to thirty hours invested in just the muslin process. It still isn't perfect, but so far I think it's looking pretty good.
|All uncredited photos are my own|
Things to address:
- The bodice is gaping around the top-still. I think it is because the cut edges of my muslin fabric are a lot stretchier than I anticipated. I think I will stabilize my muslin/pattern pieces with fusible interfacing and do stitch them back together for one more bodice fitting. The sides and bottom are perfect. Snug but not too tight.
- I think I will begin my pleated band an inch or so higher as well.
- I am considering moving my zipper to a side seam. This was a bitch to get into by myself simply because my arms are really short. I did a much better job inserting this zipper but I will have to figure out how to make it actually invisible. The final zipper won't be black of course-this is just the one I use for my practice pieces.
- There is a little bit of rolling going on on the sides. I'm pretty sure that this is because I didn't secure my lining. before trying it on.
This is officially the most complete test garment I've ever made. My original plan was just to fit the lining, but I decided to further change the original pattern and I wanted to get a better idea of what that would look like . . . what better time to try something out than in the muslin stage?
The main thing is that I wanted to create that Watters silhouette. If you recall, it has a pleated band that begins right beneath the bust line and a very full skirt. My main concern, as always, was whether the full skirt would make me look pregnant so I wanted to test that. I also wanted to confirm pocket placement and whether or not my seams matched up satisfactorily.
|Source: Watters via the Knot|
It's been an instructive experience. I'll make up a shorter wearable muslin to test out the bodice changes and I'll post about that as well. Then I'll be ready to start the real deal