|Making "Practice Garments" is one of the most important things you can possibly do. (aka- Muslins)
I try to drive home this point with student's but it is one of those things 95 percent of them will not do. I must add that most all of these students have been sewing for years if not decades - at the local adult ed program.
It is understandable because it is very time consuming and maybe they suffer from poor eyesight because some garments look like train wrecks. Many garments need to fly off the sewing machine and straight into the trash bin, I say.
Now, you don't want to have garments that someone would think these horrible things so do what professionals do and make SEVERAL practice garments until you get it right.
We have loads of fabric -more than we will sew in 2 lifetimes, use it to make the test outs.
So this is how it works.
First attempt - you tissue fit and make your adjustments on the pattern, and then you cut it out and sew it up.
You make corrections on your practice garment and then change your pattern with the new adjustments.
2nd practice garment- It's looking much better but there's still an issue or two. Make more corrections and then go back and correct pattern again. Cut out next practice garment
3rd practice garment - Maybe this is good enough so you can move on to your real garment with the good fabric.
or you still see some areas that need more adjusting so you do it again. (I have done as many as 6!)
Do this until you get it right. You will learn so much from this.
Believe it or not, I still do this after 40 years of sewing. I will also use well fitting ready to wear garments as my starting point along with tissue fitting. My clothing never looks homemade and I always get compliments on my clothing.
I loved reading Kathleen Fasanella's chat transcripts - there was some brilliant info (as always -she is VERY smart)
I was happy to see someone else with an industry background say this...
Kathleen Fasanella (Apr 18, 2010 7:56:46 PM)
"we do dummies, mock ups. there is no shame we do actual sewing exercises to limber up we time ourselves, sewing shapes on work sheets when I sit down to do something new, I'll do it ten times that's how long it takes for your fingers to get the feel of it it's called "muscle memory". athletes practice. that's why they're good we would never sit down and sew something new, using a method we'd never tried before on an actual garment"
Kathleen Fasanella (Apr 18, 2010 7:05:36 PM)
" I do make practice garments. definitely. we call these dummies or mock ups we don't call them muslins :) we do this in at least two stages we make a dummy and fit it. we usually make it in the actual material. we buy extra then we fix the pattern for fit and make it again. at this stage, we call it a prototype. it has all the fixin's of the garment. the first duplicate If it passes muster, we lay it aside for later. Later on, it will be made into a sample for salesmen. So all told, we make three garments, not one"
Kenneth King in the Thread fitting DVD- Torso
"Always make muslins. In the garment industry they will make any where from 3-6 muslins..."
You can read the rest of KF chat by going to "Chat Transcripts" on the left hand side of your computer.