Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday's Minute| Fitting A Muslin

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Welcome to Monday's Minute: Fitting a Muslin

Tips for Fitting a Muslin
  • Use cheap, stiff muslin. I buy it by the roll.
  • Accurately take your body measurements: high bust, bust, waist, hips and select paper patterns based on those measurements.
  • Use carbon paper, ruler and tracing wheel to transfer pattern seam lines, darts and markings to muslin.
  • If you know you need extra room in an area (such as the hips) leave extra seam allowance in that area so you can let out for adjustment.
  • Baste together all the major pattern pieces in muslin and press the seam allowance and darts as you would with the full garment.
  • Try on muslin with well-fitting undergarments.  Go to mirror and inspect garment.  Look for tightness, baggyness, wrinkles and foldlines. 
  • Remember to check for ease.  You should be able to move around, walk, sit down and raise your arms in the muslin.
  • Make adjustments gradually and try on muslin again after each change.
  • Once you have made all the alterations to muslin, transfer your changes back to the paper pattern!


  1. Great tips Ms. Regina! There were a couple in there I needed the reminder!

    1. Gald to know these tips are helpful, thanks Myra.

  2. Your garments always look nice, so I guess this is the procedure you always follow.

    1. Honestly, I had been skipping muslin making and the fit of several garments have revealed. This year I am making it a priority to make more fitting muslins.


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