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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Muslin Love - Butterick 5486 (OOP)

Once upon a time, not long ago, I thought that muslin making was a "time consuming" process that resulted in a waste of  resources...especially fabric!
There's a lot to like about this dress:  The wide straps, the front and back necklines, the wrap detail, the full skirt...
After several successful muslin made projects...

From left to right: M5525, V8491 (OOP) and  S1650.
I soon realized that there are many benefits of going through the process.  In addition to a great fit, it provides the perfect opportunity to become familiar with the construction details of a project.  Any new methods and/or techniques introduced can practiced and required skills "honed in on" before working with the final fabric.   

This wrap detail - one of my main attractions to this pattern. 
 This test garment was made using a jersey knit that has been in Virginia's stash since the beginning of time.  The good news....I managed to use nearly all of it for this test!

There are some nice colors in this print but all together it's just bizzy!
The adjustments needed to make this dress work for me involve making everything above the waist smaller.  An easy enough fix but I discovered something else about this dress during this process:  I don't like it as much as I thought I did and will not be making it twice - another benefit

There is a lot of gaping in the whole top area:  around the arms, at the shoulders, in the front and the back.
At this point, I don't think that I will make a muslin for everything that I sew but when I do I won't feel bad about using the fabric in my stash that could easily be used for this purpose...and not be missed.  Instead of considering it a waste, I will think of it (muslin making) as more of an investment - of resources!  

Until next time....PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!!


  1. Soooo cute! Love the pink tennies :)

  2. Cute shoes. I also agree with you. I will make muslins, just not for everything. Happy sewing.

  3. Lovely dress, love the front ties. I agree, muslins are worthwhile, especially for complex things. Some very simple things, or things that are for just around the house I tend to skip the muslin, use a fabric I am not in love with, and if the pattern is great, modify it later. if not, move on.

  4. The dress is adorable, I love the front ties.. So proud you did the muslin.. This way , you will know , that you had rather use your good fabric , for something different.. Muslins do help... Happy sewing.

  5. I just love the shoes!! Sorry, back to the dress. Good use of old fabric. It's funny how we love the pattern then fall out of love with the finished product. The three projects you featured at the beginning of the post are much more fitted and straight. This dress is a completely different silhouette.

  6. Very nice! And the shoes are great! I make muslins for things that I'm not sure about or if I'm planning to use expensive fabric. It really does save time (and aggravation) in the long run.

  7. Great dress, love the fabric and pink chucks!


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