Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February FrankenPattern Muslin completed

I've completed the top half of the practice muslin for the February MAGAM Challenge and I think there might be something wrong with me.  After reading other reviews for this garment on - the majority of the people commented that the straps are a nightmare - I didn't think they were that big of a deal personally.  I really think there might be something wrong with my sewing brain!  Hopefully I won't mess up the straps on the actual finished product!

Here's a pic of the practice muslin of just the top portion (with yoga pants):

I used a size 12 for the bust and shoulder area and tapered to a 14 at the waist.  I did need to pin out a little over 5/8" at the center front, which I will transfer over to the final garment.  Other than that, I think it fits ok.  I did make a small boo boo on the front strap (sewing from the notch instead of the dot), but I was able to still pin it together in the muslin to get a test fit.  My birds are upside down on this front straps I know - I was trying to squeeze out the straps from the little bit of scrap fabric that I had and it doesn't matter here anyways.

Here's the side view.  Doesn't look to attractive with that little bit of skin flapping over the front near the armhole.  I was very surprised that it wasn't too high in the under arm area though.

Back view.  I might deepen the darts a little more on the finished garment, but I'm not sure yet.  I plan to fully line the entire dress and the weight of the skirt with the lining, might just be enough to even out those wrinkles along the back.  Also - I plan to underline the top portion with white and line the top with a blue rayon lining fabric from the stash. The skirt portion will be lined with a white polyester lining from the stash as well.  I did a test of the blue versus the white behind the main fabric and the blue was enough to just darken those Celtic knots a little too much - hence the reason for the white underlining.  No big deal - just 3 more pieces of fabric to just out.

That's it for now - now I need to cut this puppy out and start sewing!

Happy Sewing Everyone!



  1. You have been busy! That's an almost as good as perfect fit. Those birdies are singing..! Can't wait to see the real deal, it's going to be such a beautiful dress :)x

    1. Thanks Dawn! I hope it turns out as good as I have it pictured in my head!

  2. This looks like quit the undertaking. And you have passed with flying colours. I wouldn't even have attempted this. It does look complicated. I too eagerly await the real deal!

    1. Thanks Maureen. I'm working on the top of the finished product right now and so far so good!