Making a Skirt Muslin – Sew the Perfect Fit

I’m embarking upon an epic fitting exercise and learning to sew the perfect fit this year, following along with the Craftsy course of the same name and the lovely instructor Lynda Maynard.  You can read Part 1 of the series at 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit, Part 2 at Muslin Bodice Adjustment and Part 3 in Bodice Pattern Adjustment.  Today, making a skirt muslin, adjustment and pattern correction.

 

Transferring muslin changes onto the paper pattern, sewing the perfect fit from So Sew Easy

Warning !  Not very flattering photos below.  If you are under 18 or of a nervous disposition or have a weak heart or stomach – best not to look!

Lesson 7 – The Lower Body, Making a Skirt Muslin

So having followed Lynda’s directions, I cut my entire pattern as a size 12, despite the pattern envelope telling me quite clearly that I was going to be a much larger size than that below the waist.  I made my muslin without alteration and tried to get it on.  Yikes. And you don’t even want to see the back view – trust me it’s not pretty.

Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy. Knit-tunic-032 Lynda assures us that its easier to add a little than take away, and assuming the dress fits at the top, the bottom half is easy to adjust.  Thank goodness it turns out she is quite right! If I had made the skirt in the size suggested by the envelope it would have been huge!  But this skirt really only needed a few simple changes and it was ready to go.

Again I used the slash and add method, cutting the skirt from top to bottom front and back on the outside of the darts, and adding in fabric until it felt right.  I pinned and then basted the extra fabric in place because the pins kept falling out as I walked about.

Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy. Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy.

I got all over-excited and pinned it to the bodice I had already completed to take a look.  Well, I think it’s a very unusual take on this season’s trend of color-blocking!  But as my first ever real muslin – I love it!

Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy. Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy. Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy. Now I have the skirt and bodice attached, it does look like there is a bit of wrinkling and extra fabric in the back bodice.  The measurement around seems fine so I think I need a ‘sway back’ adjustment to take out some length at center back.  I can’t take out too much or I won’t get much room for movement.  And I still think those bust darts are too high, although I’m wearing a different bra today so I suppose it all depends.

Time to mark the skirt adjustments on the pattern pieces.  Again I traced the tissue pattern onto some medical paper, marked all the pattern markings including stitching and cuttings lines and then made the same adjustments to the paper as I had made to the fabric.  This time it was a little more complicated as I had not added a tapered or straight amount but a combination so I had to use various hinge points. Here are the finished pattern pieces with the adjustments marked.

Making a skirt muslin, adjusting the fit and transferring adjustment to the paper pattern.  Part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy.

Because of my square shape, I needed more in the waist, a little less in the hip and not much added from the widest part down.

In our next lessons, sleeves, armholes, and truing the pattern.

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11 Responses to Making a Skirt Muslin – Sew the Perfect Fit

  1. I love your tutorial thank you for share .

  2. whow… you are getting technical here. what a great share! thanks for linking it up, gal!!!

  3. Kathy Penney says:

    Really helpful tutorial! And the skirt is really looking good! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

  4. Toodie says:

    As usual, your insight and directions are perfect!

  5. Homemaker Mom (@Homemakermom) says:

    Amazing as always! I am stopping by from Made U Look Blog hop today. I look forward to your visit at homemaker-mom.com

  6. Jill says:

    The way the wrinkles in the back are going it appears you maybe need a wee bit more room in the hip – the wrinkles are similar to “crotch smile” in the front where the hips essentially pull lower fabric up to make more wiggle room.

    I love your muslin though! The method seems so easy. Does the Craftsy course include jacket/top muslins? I have thicker arms and a bustier chest and I’ve been wanting to muslin out a jacket or long sleeved top for ages but haven’t had the nerve to start.

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Thank you for the tips. Yes, its hard to fit yourself – I wish I had a pinning buddy. I really have found it very easy, especially now I am starting with the correct pattern size. The slash and add and then do the same to the pattern – it feel kind of ‘rough’ but it has worked well for me so far. The course only includes the dress, but it goes through so many different variations, on 3 very different models, I really think once you have the method understood, it would apply to anything you want to alter. There are plenty of bust alterations and a good section on sleeves, although I am making the sleeveless dress. I certainly recommend the course – I’m really learning a lot.

  7. Angel says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I can’t sew well enough to make a skirt but I wish I could.
    Thanks for sharing at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel

  8. prayernotesbycynthia says:

    You make this look soooo easy, but I know it’s not! Smiles!

  9. Abby says:

    great job! pattern alterations are certainly not for the faint of heart!

  10. Becky says:

    I love this! I have never really tried to sew skirts for myself…maybe will give it a try. Do you try sitting also to see what it does?

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