Making a Muslin

Before cutting into my real fabric I decided to make a muslin of the top of the dress to make sure that it fit correctly. I am very glad that I did. (Since the bottom is gathered I didn't feel like it was necessary to make a muslin of the whole dress.)

For those of you who don't know what a muslin is it is a preliminary trial run of your pattern with really cheap fabric to get out any kinks before you cut into your expensive fabric. It is almost essential for anything fitted and I would definitly recommend it if you are using expensive fabric. It has saved me before.

Instead of making a facing for my muslin I cut off 5/8" where the seam allowance would be turned under.

After sewing it together according to the patterns instructions I tried it on and started marking away with a pen so I don't forget everything that needs to be done.

Here are all of the changes that I need to make:
-take in the band 1/2" on both sides
-add 2 1/2" to the modesty of the neckline
-lengthen the bodice part by 1"
-put small dart in the armhole to keep the armhole from winging out.

OK, I think that is it. Hopefully the real one with fit like a glove because I took the time to do all of this.


  1. I really need to start doing this with some of my patterns. I'm always too lazy, though, but I've also ended up having to rip apart my almost finished product to make adjustments most of the time.

  2. I need to do this too. I sorta fit as I go. Then again, I rarely make a fancy dress with expensive fabrics.

    Can't wait to see how this turns out for you.

  3. Anonymous5.4.10

    I wanted to know how difficult is it to fit a muslin on yourself and make all the adjustments on yourself without distorting the pattern or the new adjustments.