Making a muslin DOES save the day


Another idea I like, but I don’t think I’ll do.  Thank goodness I’ve decided to do more muslins.  I’m starting to like the idea of the extra step of doing one.  Remember this lovely Burda 12/2011 #119 blouse?

B 12-2011-119charmeuse

Well, I’ll have to go looking for something else, because I don’t really fancy this.  I honestly would never wear this.  Even as a dress.  I’m not crazy about the front pleat or the under bust bow.  Such a cute blouse in the drawing, too, but not in my real life!  And that neckline has been raised by about 3 inches.  Maybe too much from this photo, but definitely necessary to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. >_<


Shoulders are too tight, the hem requires more width, and the side view is appalling.  Jeepers.  Sometimes muslin photos make me wonder what the heck I was thinking, or why I bother!  Maybe I should make up a croquis.  Although it wouldn’t have given me the full onslaught of the side view horror show.IMG_7994

Moving on…..

18 thoughts on “Making a muslin DOES save the day

  1. I’ve been fooled by pattern drawings and examples too! I think part of the problem is the muslin fabric is stiffer than what you would use for the real thing, but still 😛 Also, IDK about you, but while I love bows in theory, they RARELY work on me 😉

  2. The bow has to go! I always do a muslin because it highlights these sort of problems. I find its very unusual for a pattern to fit perfectly unless its self drafted. I tend to make amendments to the muslin and then transfer them back to the paper pattern, that way you can use again and again.

  3. Better to scrap it at the muslin stage than end up with a wadder. When this Burda came out I wanted to like the style, but I don’t know. Anything with an underbust bow just sort of screams maternity wear at me.

  4. You’re such a clever girl to make a muslin. I almost never do. And there are times I wish I did! The pattern illustration looks nice, but the bow just looks silly on. I am wondering who would look good in this. Is it possible to be thin enough and flat-chested enough for this style to work? Or maybe it’s just one of those nice ideas that doesn’t work in reality!

  5. Gosh!! I really liked this pattern too and have ear-marked it. I have a small bust and this pattern would have been too revealing. Although I live in Australia, I have the same fabric as your colourful, swirly silk. I am going to be interested to see what you finally make with it. Thanks for this post and for showing us your muslin. I have to agree that making muslin’s are a very good idea. It would have been a shame to waste your lovely fabric.

    1. Well, usually I skip the muslin stage, but I wasn’t sure about what alterations I’d need with this pattern or how it would fit and go together, and I really really do want to wear that silk! I don’t want it to be made into a “mistake”! Isn’t it funny that you have the same fabric? What a hoot!

  6. Even if this were made up in a knit, it would still have problems. I bet the side seams are way slanted forward from the waist up and slanted towards the back from the waist down. Tight armholes, shallow sleeve cap and skimpy bicep ease…yep, it has all the makings of trouble. Deep V neckline that has to be raised for modesty…I mean what does this pattern have going for it? The Bow? When I tissue fit paper patterns on my duct tape dummy I get the same picture…thanks for being such a brave model!!!!

    1. The Burda model is made up in stretch cotton satin and the bow is very big and very perky. It looks really nice. And the sample dress is made in silk crepe and is gorgeous, albeit on a very tiny model. Kinda like DD1. Thanks for itemizing all the fitting issues! I actually tissue fit this on my dress form and did an FBA before doing the muslin. I liked it better without the sleeves! haha


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