More Muslins

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Over the last week, I’ve been working some more on my Bombshell Dress top.  I started with the first muslin that I made, which fit perfectly, except for the length.  Since I wanted it to be a top and not part of a dress, I needed to add a full 4 inches to the length.

first muslin

first muslin

To do this, I also wanted to compensate for my hips.  That meant adding some width to the pieces as well.  To do this, I did a traditional slash and spread to add the length and then added some width to the seams which I then graded to the original seam at the top.

slash and spread pieces

After I made the muslin from this, I discovered a problem with this take.  By grading all the way to the top, I was destroying the perfect fit that I’d had from the belly button up.  I ended up with a top that fit more like a circus tent!

second bombshell muslin

At least I got the length right.

back of second muslin

After talking with my MIL about it, we decided the best solution was to start back at the original pattern and add the length (and any width) to the bottom only.

third bombshell muslin

third bombshell muslin back

third bombshell muslin side

This one fits a lot better, but I need to figure out how to adjust it for the tight wrinkles I’m getting.  Especially for the wrinkle that is happening at the zipper. I’m really starting to look forward to cutting out my fashion fabric.

See more about this project on Threadbias.
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  1. carla on February 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I think you should have been a seamstress!

    • Andrea on February 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      I don’t know about all that… I don’t think I’d want to put in this much work for anyone else.

  2. O! Jolly! on March 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Congratulations on paying attention to details and on being persistent. It will really pay off in the end! 🙂

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