A muslin or toile, depending on which part of the world you come from, is an essential part of crafting a well-fitted garment. Muslins allow you fit the garment in its most flattering manner and avoid making costly mistakes with your fashion fabric. When you have finished making the necessary alterations, you can use the pieces of your muslin as your actual pattern.
As someone who makes multiple versions of the same pattern, muslins are such a valuable tool for me! Using the tailored pieces as the pattern means I can produce a successful garment time after time. Choosing fabric for your muslin is very simple: you want an inexpensive fabric with similar qualities as your fashion fabric as well as a fabric you can write all over and alter to the nth degree. I have used everything from bed sheets to actual muslin fabric.
During the Rooibos sew-along, Sarai wrote a wonderfully informative post about muslins and why you should invest the time in making them. I highly recommend reading this post as its the one that converted me!
For Hazel, we will be making a muslin. This dress has such pretty design features, such as the v-seamed bodice, that deserve to be shown off in their best light. We will also be showing you how to make a variety of fit adjustments, including both the small and full bust adjustments. If there are any alterations in particular you would like reviewed, please leave a comment here or in the Flickr group.
Let's get muslin-ing!
**Images from Colette Patterns are used with permission