Saturday, January 17, 2015

Last MOB dress muslin post - I promise!

I admit I'm having a blast doing muslins. Maybe I'll just do muslins - all year long! It's fun and there's absolutely no pressure. 

Well, OK, there's this MOB dress thing out there, but conceptually, there's no pressure :-)

Having spent hours looking at my first MOB dress muslin, I've decided I don't particularly like v-necklines on myself. As my bustline and neck drop, v-necks appeal to me less and less. I need 'up'!

This muslin has a round neck! and I like it better.

It also has both bust and vertical front darts. I've been thinking for a while that putting darts in my knit tops might also give me some of that 'up'. 

It's not so easy to find a darted pattern for knits, so I pulled out a bodice I drafted recently for my Jungle January dress (coming soon). It's based on McCalls 6884 Fashion Star sundress, which is for woven fabric.

Basic changes for the Jungle January dress: I slit both bodice pieces just above the front side dart and dropped the bottom piece  by 1". This took care of my FBA and vertical dart adjustments. To compensate, I removed that 1" from the bottom edge. My other change was to tape some drafting paper inside the front neckline and redraw it. I didn't sew the back darts or use a zipper, and I straightened the side seams just a tad.

For this knit bodice, I added the same sleeve and skirt elements I used on my first muslin: sleeves from Vogue 1315, skirt from New Look 6936.

At this point in my photo shoot, a mosquito buzzed my ear! Don't they know they're not allowed here?

More fabric arrived this week...Post-holiday sales have been my best friend. I've paid $5/yd or less for all the fabrics I've purchased this month. 

Tribal Stripe Cotton Lawn, Aztec Print Cotton/Linen Blend - Fabric Mart

I've already laundered the lawn. Gosh, it is so soft and not a wrinkle anywhere. The nicest lawn fabric I've ever had. It feels like very fine rayon challis. I plan to launder the cotton/linen blend twice before I lay it out for cutting.

The cotton/poly sweater knit from laundered beautifully. I was so afraid it would simply unravel! 

Bye for now, hope everyone is safe and near loved ones.



  1. Very very nice. Love that fabric. End of year sales have bitten me too.

    1. Thanks, BeaJay. Well, I didn't buy anything last fall, no Black Friday or Cyber Monday. So I deserve it, right? Have fun :-)

  2. Lurve that top and fabric . Whatever happens you have ended up with some great new pieces.

    1. Thanks, Janine. It is fun. I actually have another tier to put on the skirt of this top, it will be a super funky maxi dress!

  3. I love that new neckline. I'm simply stumped to get that shape to fit my narrow shoulders and full bust. Good thought to add those vertical front darts, too. Next time I sew a tee I will add some! I have an "up" problem too!

    1. Ah - narrow shoulders. One thing you can try is to redraw the neckline in more of a U than in a half circle, bringing the inner shoulder in a bit on the front and back necklines. You'll probably need to touch up the back neckline so you're not strangled. Then, if you need to, take something off the outside of the shoulder. If you have sleeves involved, cure the line down from the shoulder along your armscye for just a bit so you can keep your width for your high bust. Also, you can always slit the pattern vertically from the shoulder and spread it a little to get the width back below the shoulder. Muslin city!

  4. I hear you, let's see how long you hold out!!

  5. Ooh Coco- this is all lovely! Im straining to not get on that fabricmart site!!


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