Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fit Issues and Muslins

One of the reasons I sew is to get a nicely fitted garment. I actually enjoy the process of altering patterns and making muslins. Here are a couple of tanks that I was testing out.
I forgot to do the exposed bias trim on the armholes. Oops!
I like to topstitch so the band lays flat.
Pattern: the ubiquitous Sorbetto
Mods: Size 2 with a 1/2" fba. I had to add a bottom band because it was too short. Next time I'll slash the pattern near the top and add about 1/8." The bust darts are a bit too high.
Fabric: Cheap-o fake linen from Joann's. I should've ironed this, but it seriously wrinkles so fast that I'm not sure it even matters.

I'm not sure I'll wear this on its own. The darts really bother me. Paired with a lightweight cardi, it might look cute in the spring.

I read the Sorbetto instructions first and loved the idea of doing exposed bias trim.
Quick n' dirty hem. I do these often.
Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank
Mods: Size 4 with a 3/4" FBA. I left off the pocket because the poly fabric was impossible to deal with.
Fabric: Polyester heavy gauze stuff that I probably bought from Joann's.

Taking pictures has really helped me objectively assess my finished pieces. I didn't like the white tank top because of the fabric and color, but pictured here it's not so bad, right? 

It's practically October and I'm still sewing summer-y clothes. I need to come up with some solid fall sewing plans. I'm thinking a double-knit sheath dress, pants, knit tops and a coat would round out my wardrobe nicely.

1 comment:

  1. I'm just re-learning sewing - used to sew 20 years ago. Now i'm fascinated by the idea of muslins, so thank you for posting your experience.

    I'm getting ready to make a fitting muslin bodice, and I suspect it may take many tries to get it right!