I posted previously about how I had made a muslin for the first time. I have now made the actual garment using an Ikat fabric. I am really happy with the result but I keep thinking that I would have achieved the same result without having made a muslin!
I finally got a little bit of framing done. These are not frames made by me this time. I have just made the mats for the pictures to fit into the frames. The frames were on special from Spotlight and the pictures were bought from Allposters.com.auThis one has a double mat with black to highlight the picture.Because the frames are white the pictures need to be on a darker wall so this is not their final hanging spot.
It is only since I started following some sewing blogs that I have discovered that there is such a thing as “a muslin”. I knew that there was a fabric called muslin but I had no idea what “a muslin” was. Apparently when you make up a pattern using cheap fabric that is what is called a muslin and it is so you can check that everything is AOK before you embark on using your expensive fabric.
In all my years of sewing I have never made a muslin so I thought it was about time that I started. I bought some calico and some cheap gingham to use for my muslin. The calico was no good as it was only 100 cm wide so I ended up using the gingham.
The pattern I used was this one and you can see the fabric that I intend to use after I have made the muslin.
You can see that the fabric was not expensive, a mere $7.60, but I did want to make sure that this tunic pattern worked ok on me. This is the result in the gingham.
It looks a bit like something a shop assistant would wear but I think it will be fine in the Ikat fabric. It fitted fine with a small adjustment to the side seam.
Will I bother to make a muslin again. No. As I usually don’t spend a great deal of money on the fabric it is just a waste of time for me. Now I am ready to make it for the second time but using the original fabric. I will let you see it when I am finished.