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Date: 9/7/12 2:16 PM

Do you preshrink muslin fabric when making a muslin of a pattern? I'd rather not but I will if I 'should'.
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Date: 9/7/12 2:38 PM

I guess it depends on whether or not you hope to have a wearable muslin!

I made a mock-up of some Burda pants and didn't pre-treat the fabric at all. It was a cheap poly cotton and I knew they were going in the trash. I just sewed the bare minimum in order to evaluate the fit.

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Date: 9/7/12 5:06 PM

Oh yes, this is actual muslin fabric so I have no thoughts of actually wearing anything made from this, lol! I just wondered if it would effect(affect?) the fitting. But now that I think about it....even if the muslin isn't preshrunk it wouldn't effect the fashion fabric as long as it IS preshrunk before using the altered pattern pieces from the fitting of the muslin. Right?
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Date: 9/7/12 5:47 PM

I have read that a muslin should be preshrunk in order to get the fibers as "glued" together and very stable to get the best fitting. (Maybe for a fitted jacket or something). but I have never done so and do not believe it is really necessary.
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Date: 9/7/12 5:58 PM

bicrafty - you mean you do need to pre-shirnk your fashion fabric, right? Not 100% sure I am reading your post as you intended it to read.

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Date: 9/7/12 6:09 PM

I used to not preshrink muslin, until I pressed a seam and the steam and heat from the iron caused the muslin to shrink. Part of the piece was no longer the same size/shape as when I cut it out.
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Date: 9/7/12 7:27 PM

If it's good quality, "professional" muslin like the stuff that Gorgeous Fabrics sells, I wouldn't shrink it. If it's the cheap, almost-cheesecloth kind, you could shrink it...if you feel like starching and ironing that stuff, in order to make it usable. I think I'd skip the washing and use a dry iron for pressing seams open, to avoid shrinkage.

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Date: 9/7/12 8:05 PM

Yes, I do mean that I would preshrink the fashion fabric...just not the muslin. I mean, I want good fit and all...but I just don't see myself preshrinking and making up a whole muslin. I'll probably just make it up enough to check the major fitting problems only.

Sorry about the run-on sentence. Sometimes I even confuse myself.
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Date: 9/7/12 8:08 PM

I just had to tell you that my first name is Cathryn too! I'm named after my mother who spells her name with a 'K' and my daughter's middle name is spelled with a 'K' after my mother. But my dad named me and wanted to make it easier to differentiate between me and my mom, so he spelled it with a 'C'!
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