Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crepe Sew-Along: muslin fitting

I spent some of Sunday night fitting my first Crepe muslin. The construction of the muslin was quick work, and it didn't look horrible at first fitting. However, lining up darts to where they're supposed to be, and cutting down the size of the sleeves resulted in more extensive tweeks than I expected.

Here is a fast pic of me wearing the pinned up muslin.

I sort of felt like I was designing a futuristic outfit, with big shoulder embellishments and strange random tucks everywhere.

Having done the muslin, I have learned a couple of things that I wish I had thought about sooner. First, I shouldn't cut out any pattern pieces for facing until after I've made all of my pattern adjustments. I'll be doing some major tweaks on the sleeves and back, as well as some minor ones on the neckline. Second, it really does help to do yoga if you're going to try and fit a dress pattern on yourself without any help. (My husband did help me once in the process, to be fair.) I'm glad I had just come out of a 2.5 hour yoga workshop that morning.

I have decided I'm going to make two versions of this dress. One will be a black/orange/red number to help me figure out skirt length and to play around with piping. The second will be the original white/blue/green number with the border print. I fell asleep dreaming about how to pull off certain details for each.


  1. Sounds fun, I can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. I started sewing the Crepe, but I couldn't get the fit in the back right and didn't like the sleeves. I've seen photos of dresses that others have made and they look great, so maybe I'll go back to it in the future. I blogged about my attempts to fit the pattern here:

    I'm sure that yours will turn out beautifully. I'm looking forward to seeing it!

  3. Thanks for the link, Amy! I think your posts will help me along, so I appreciate the chance to follow your experience. :) I'll let you know how it goes as I get around to adjusting the muslin.