Alright, so I made a sodding muslin.
So my first muslin of the V1183 dress proved that a second muslin was definitely needed if I was going to address the issue of that baggy middle and the gaping arm holes. I decided that for once in my sewing career I would take the Right Way rather than Bodge Road.
I visited MacCullough & Wallis and asked for some muslin for an, erm, muslin. In her best cut glass accent the sales assistant asked me, ‘Do you mean canvas for a toile?’ Er, yes, that would be the one.
With my new rotary cutter and attention to detail I commenced making my muslin. I followed The Cupcake Goddess‘s top tip of using a longer stitch length for a) speed and b) easy ripping out. I also made adjustments for a narrow upper chest to the front bodice pieces and sliced a good inch off the depth of the midriff pieces.
Conclusions? Like several other Sewists I ended up taking the muslin in at the side seams. I also still had a baggy middle section so made some tucks to my midriff. As soon as I was satisfied with the midriff I ripped it out and used it as a template for a new pattern piece:
Adjusted Midriff Piece
I’ll be honest. I feared that the midriff would still give me issues in the final make, but I’d gone as far as my skills would take me. It was time to start cutting out the fabric for the real dress:
Slices like a dream with that rotary cutter.
And finally, before commencing on the final make I thought I would sew a test seam on some scraps of fabric. Each seam demands a top stitch and an edge stitch, so I decided to employ a quilting foot, as recommended for this dress by Adventures From The Sewing Studio, to keep lines straight:
Extremely Satisfying Sewing
There’s nothing else I can do now. Procrastination won’t help; I’ve done all my research and experimentation. The Paris fabric has been cut. It’s time to start sewing…