Friday, August 12, 2011

Rooibos Sew-a-long: Muslin

For those of you who don't know, "muslin" is a sewing term for a practice dress. I don't make muslins often because most sewing patterns are, when I'm at my normal weight, made for my kind of figure. But when I'm not my normal weight, using a pattern I haven't made before, a brand of pattern whose sizing I'm unfamiliar with, or expensive fabric I don't want to mess up, I make one.

Sarai, of The Coletterie, suggests that those of us participating in the Rooibos sew-a-long make our muslins and mark any adjustments that need to be made. I made mine the other day during Gideon's second nap. I'm going to be very sad when he works his way down to just one.
 As I suspected, my muslin fit perfectly. However, I really did not like the way the back darts were done. They were designed to be a little baggy at the top of the dart for a bit of a bloused look. I, however, prefer a more tailored look, so I elongated the darts by two inches. The result was a nice smooth back dart.
I love darts. I remember when I first learned to do them. I thought they were so hard. Now they seem so easy and I love the way they look!
 Can't wait to get started on the real thing!


  1. The top looks beautiful <3 I love the shape, and the print of the fabric is gorgeous!

    Lost in the Haze

  2. I am learning how to do darts in my Home Ec class and I just want to say, you did them wrong! But the blouse looks lovely :D


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