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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Making a muslin. ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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What weight of sew in interfacing to make a muslin?
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Date: 11/16/11 11:04 PM

I need to copy a pattern and make a muslin I can sew together and hopefully re-use to make a different neckline if I use the pattern again.
I have to adjust the shoulder seams and sleeve set to accomodate one markedly more sloped shoulder--which I did not need to do when I was younger. I prefer to use something I can lay over the pattern and trace onto. That eliminates plain brown craft paper. I found Swedish tracing paper or sew in interfacing is recommended. May I please have suggestions?

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Date: 11/17/11 2:35 AM

Are you looking for something like Pellon Tru-Grid?
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat3136&PRODID=prd14647

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Date: 11/17/11 7:03 AM

I use the Pellon Tru-Grid as previously mentioned. It is available at your local Jo-Ann's with the interfacing. I pick it up when the interfacing is on sale for 50% off.

Another non-lined alternative is called Do Sew tracing material. It is a product of the Stretch & Sew company (NAYY). I prefer the helpful lines on the Tru-Grid, but this is another alternative.

I use a ball point pen to trace and then Sharpie markers to finalize all the details, both thick- and fine-point. The Sharpie fine-point markers dry out fairly quickly so I asked my DH to pick something comparable up at Wal-Mart. He found a pack of Bic Mark-It pens which I really love. So far, they are holding up much better than the Sharpies did.

Good luck with your project!
-- Edited on 11/17/11 9:46 AM --

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Date: 11/17/11 9:40 AM

If you are fortunate enough to find some of that paper they use on exam tables in your doc's office, that's great stuff

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Date: 11/17/11 10:33 AM

Thank you so much! Will try the Tru-Grid first as that sounds like a good start for a first!

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Date: 11/21/11 10:40 AM

Quote: Klunky
I need to copy a pattern and make a muslin I can sew together and hopefully re-use to make a different neckline if I use the pattern again

For tracing patterns or altering patterns, drafting paper is great. I sometimes find it on sale [25 - 50 yds long X 60''].

But, for making a muslin to try on the body... muslin or cotton fabric is the way to go. The sew-able stuff like Do-Sew, etc [like interfacing] has no 'give' to it so it is hard to tell if the pattern will fit right correctly when made with fabric. If you are making a pattern with 'negative' ease [like knits and other stretchables], use a knit fabric for the muslin. When I was a beginner, I didn't take the time or effort to make a muslin and had many 'wadders' that I couldn't/wouldn't wear. Learned the lesson the hard way that muslins are worth their weight in gold... Sometimes I will make a muslin out of similar type/weight fabric as my ''good'' fabric to test the altered pattern out.
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