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Date: 10/7/12 5:22 PM

I have never altered a pattern for anything other than length, and always just trusted the pattern to be 'right'.

It seldom is, and the more I sew, and the more I read, the more I want to be able to create clothes that fits me, and maybe even alter some off-the-rack stuff to a better fit (if that's even possible!).

SO.

I checked out a book from the library called "The Complete Photo Guide to Pefect Fitting" by Sara Veblen.

And I got some inexpensive muslin-like fabric.

And I picked up this pattern : http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/22651#.UHHxx02DHng to try out a fairly basic looking T-shirt / PJ set.

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Date: 10/7/12 6:24 PM

I'm glad to hear you've decided to sew a muslin -- that's the secret to great fitting clothes.

Sara Veblen's book is excellent, especially as you gain more experience in fitting. The next time you're at the library, be sure to check out the Palmer/Pletsch Fit for Real People.

As far as fabric goes, cotton muslin is good for woven fabrics, but for a T-shirt, it's best to use a less expensive version of the knit fabric you're planning to use. Good luck.

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Date: 10/8/12 3:41 AM

I definitely found learning to fit overwhelming when I first started. And... I still kinda do, lol. There's a lot to learn. But the good news is lots of people on the internet are willing to help (see the Fitting Woes forum). Good luck :)

Also this pattern doesn't appear to be a knit fabric pattern. So your muslin will work for this I think, since it's woven like the pattern fabric. Probably won't have the same drape, but it should still be helpful :)

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Subject: Going to make my first muslin Date: 10/8/12 9:16 AM

I picked this pattern specifically because it wasn't for a knit material !

In the end, I'll do the "good" shirt from flannel or something, to be a PJ shirt.

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Date: 10/9/12 8:41 AM

Congratulations on your venture! And for the courage to go forward. Sara's books are great; lots of pictures and very explanatory. Her methods are very similar to Judith Rasband's of Fabulous Fit (I have the First Edition book). This method makes a lot of sense as it holds the pattern in front of you, long enough for you to get an idea how to change it. I couldn't get with the tissue fitting of Palmer/Pletsch and the Pivot and Slide technique of Nancy Zieman.

And the pattern you've chosen is great. Raglan sleeves (those that come off the neckline) are great for those who have rolled forward shoulders. Raglan sleeves also look slimming.

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Subject: Going to make my first muslin Date: 10/9/12 9:15 AM

Is it bad that I picked the pattern by looking at which company was on sale at my local Fabricland, and going through their PJ patterns looking for one that did NOT require a knit material (since I want flannel PJs) ?

It's a starting point for me, and it's a little exciting that I'm taking a step forward from just "trusting" the tissue patterns to fit.

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Date: 10/9/12 12:41 PM

It is not "bad" that your picked your pattern because it was on sale. I never buy patterns unless they are on sale.
It is fun and exciting to make something and have it fit.
The PJ pattern is a good idea as it needs less fit and even if you just come close to a good fit this first time around you can still wear the PJ's.

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Date: 10/9/12 8:51 PM

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Is it bad that I picked the pattern by looking at which company was on sale at my local Fabricland, and going through their PJ patterns looking for one that did NOT require a knit material (since I want flannel PJs) ?
No. This is how most people shop for patterns (except me...)

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Date: 1/12/13 3:21 AM

Oh I just got the Nancy Zieman book. I love it but haven't tried the techniques. Did you try it and it didn't work out, or do you just not like the method? So does The Perfect Fit (from the Singer reference library) actually tell you the steps in making a muslin? (and by that I mean step-by-step, cause I need basic beginner level type descriptions). Unfortunately the Fitness Finesse book does not do muslins.

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Date: 1/12/13 3:21 AM

Oh I just got the Nancy Zieman book. I love it but haven't tried the techniques. Did you try it and it didn't work out, or do you just not like the method? So does The Perfect Fit (from the Singer reference library) actually tell you the steps in making a muslin? (and by that I mean step-by-step, cause I need basic beginner level type descriptions). Unfortunately the Fitness Finesse book does not do muslins.

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