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Date: 7/9/14 5:20 PM

I've always been puzzled by this. Sewers all over create test garments and muslins.

But, after all the sewing, and correcting, and so on, where do they go? How are they used? Does a muslin get re-used? Or thrown away?

I'm very new to sewing, but am an old hat at reading about sewing

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Date: 7/9/14 5:44 PM

I try to make 'wearable' muslins as far as possible, so even if they don't look good enough to wear out, they can become loungewear. If that doesn't work out, I keep all my scraps to make this: Square Floor Cushion by Rae

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Date: 7/9/14 5:58 PM

If I'm using proper muslin fabric I'll cut up the garment and reuse the fabric - either for another muslin or for lining pieces. More often, though, I'm using fashion fabric I don't like very much, though that is dwindling as I get better at judging online fabric choices. If the muslin doesn't work out in a fashion fabric then I either donate it or cut it up for lining or new muslins.

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Date: 7/9/14 6:24 PM

I have used bodice muslins for the lining, and also cut smaller pieces for other muslins from them. I tend to use the cheap batiste/broadcloth from Hobby Lobby, in a variety of colors, so it also works for facings and trim in a pinch.

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Date: 7/9/14 7:57 PM

I don't make many muslins, but when I do I use muslin.
After I'm done with the muslin stage, I label it with a Sharpie and file it in my muslin file. I've gone back and tweaked muslins for later versions of the garment.

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Date: 7/9/14 9:11 PM

If I can reuse the fabric I do (usually old sheets or muslin) or I discard them. I always baste in the zipper so I can reuse it.

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Date: 7/10/14 8:02 AM

I don't have the time nor space to keep items I don't like or want. So:

If I use an "I don't care about it" fabric and it comes out well, I'll wear it.

If I use an "I don't care about it" fabric and it comes fine but doesn't work for me, I'll donate it.

If I use muslin I will typically throw it out after I have transferred any changes to my pattern.

If it doesn't come out well, I will throw it out. If the pieces are large enough, I might keep them to use as a new muslin, but that is rarely the case.

Oh, and as Speech girl said, I always save any zippers or buttons used before I throw the draft out.

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Date: 7/10/14 8:23 AM

It depends on how I construct the muslin and what I use. Most recently I've taken to using an old sheet set (so far I've made 3 muslins and still have plenty of sheet left). So obviously that's not going to be a wearable muslin. When I construct it, I use a basting stitch because it sews up faster but of course is not a very strong stitch. I throw those away.

I have used some fabrics that my feelings wouldn't be hurt if it didn't turn out too well. So I construct those the right way.

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Date: 7/10/14 8:23 AM

That is a very good idea for use of scraps. I'm going to go home this evening and pull some scraps out of the waste can.

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Date: 7/10/14 10:23 AM

I take mine apart and label/mark notches etc. and use for my pattern. That way I know my final garment will be perfect.

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