Some framing finished

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 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.

First muslin ever!

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.