Thursday, January 19, 2012

I've got muslin problems


Unfortunately, the muslin for the Meringue isn't going as well as the one I made for my Sorbetto. After sewing up the sides of the skirt and wiggling into the muslin it was very clear that some adjustments needed to be made. The fabric was a little baggy below my bellybutton. I double checked with my husband (it's nice to have a second set of eyes) and he agreed that it looked like there were "loose horizontal wrinkles."

The horizontal wrinkles are much more pronounced in person.

After studying my Colette Patterns book it seemed that I needed to "eliminate some ease to make the area shorter." I used the technique suggested (pinched out the extra fabric, pinned it, and used a red Sharpie to mark corrections), changed my pattern to work with the new length, and made a new muslin. I'm still having a similar issue, though it is not as severe as the first muslin. My husband thinks I am being picky and that it looks fine. Maybe I am being picky, but I'm the one that is going to wear it!

The second muslin. I should have taken a photo of it on me not the form.

What about you, how did it go with your muslin? Any tips on making adjustments? If you have any detailed questions on fitting be sure to stop by the Sew Colette Flickr page.  That's where I'm heading now...

Oh, I also wanted to point out PoppyKettle's great post on doing the scallops at the bottom of the skirt. She even came up with a twist on the Meringue, the Pavlova. So clever!

Be sure to look for Sarah's post tomorrow!

5 comments:

  1. Could it maybe be adjusted by making your darts a little wider/longer? It's easy to fit this if you pop it on inside out and pin out like you did the first time :) otherwise, I'm stumped!
    I'm super pleased my little rant/revelation on scallops was useful to you :) Threads Magazine & their website really is a gold mine of information!

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    1. I'm going to fiddle with the darts and see if that helps! Thank you!

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  2. You probably do have extra ease in that area, but keep in mind on a straight skirt like that it might work to your advantage. Try sitting and make sure it feels okay before you adjust. Otherwise yes adjust the darts and pinch just a tiny bit of fabric right at the point of the wrinkle and guide it to the seam.

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't wait to go home and work on my skirt!

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  3. I just went ahead and traced the pattern on the fabric, cut and sewed. I was a tad bit impatient to get it done. Mine fit over the tummy well but was baggy at the waist. So the skirt I finished is my wearable muslin, and I will make another starting with a smaller size at the waist and redrafting to the larger size at the tummy. I'm also going to check that website for info on making the scallops better.

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