By now many of you have either finished or are moving along nicely with your Hazel muslin. The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing is one of my favourite sewing references and they have this to say about muslins, or test garments, a they call them:
"Several considerations may suggest the advisability of making a test garment. Perhaps the fabric is expensive or unusual...it may require special treatment during sewing....still another difficulty may be the design - a large scale or border print or an intricate plaid. Sometimes the pattern is the problem. It may be a more intricate style you are accustomed to or a silhouette you have never worn. A test garment lets you practice a new....techniques in advance....and [check] the accuracy of any pattern alterations you have made."
As with any muslin, facings and closures can be eliminated, as it is the fit we are after at this stage and not the finishing.
|Hip pivot adjustment from The Colette Sewing Handbook|
With the lovely bodice detailing of Hazel, a pivot adjustment can also be used in the bodice pieces to ensure the ideal fit. If the bodice pieces fit well in the bust but are too tight or loose in the waist, you would simply cut into your side bodice pieces and either pivot out or in the desired amount, as it is shown in the diagram below:
|Waist pivot adjustment from The Sew Colette Handbook|
All in all, pivot adjustments are some of the simplest to make and yield immediate results. Have confidence in your abilities, review your Fit Facts, and make a garment that flatters you!
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