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Making alterations on the muslin
How do you transfer that to the paper pattern?
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Date: 6/19/13 10:34 PM

So, first I cut out the pattern. Then I cut a muslin.

I basted up into a test garment. I can see that I need to deepen a dart here, add a little length there, shift a neckline by a couple of inches. I can visualize how to do each of these, and I know what order to do them in so change A doesn't throw change B out of whack.

What I don't have a good system for, however, is shifting between the muslin and the paper pattern. How do you do it?

Make changes on the muslin, then deconstruct and redraw the paper pattern?
Make changes on the paper, and recut the muslin?

What's a good, efficient, and systematic way to do this?

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Date: 6/20/13 7:02 AM

Preserve the pattern- copy the pieces needing adjustment - and alter the copies and recut a muslin - do it!!

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Date: 6/20/13 10:06 AM

I have heard of deconstructing the muslin and using that as the pattern for cutting the fashion fabirc, but I usually duplicate the alterations on my paper pattern because I can then store it for reuse in the original envelope and I toss the muslin. Just me.

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Date: 6/20/13 10:33 AM

I deconstruct the muslin, then mark up every piece with notes from the pattern pieces, and my own personal marks/reminders. Then use the muslin parts forever more.

Of course I keep the original tissue patterns, for reference. Then put all the parts together and keep in a large (labeled) ziplock bag, with the original pattern parts.

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Date: 6/20/13 12:33 PM

Quote: Fruzzle
Make changes on the muslin, then deconstruct and redraw the paper pattern?

Make changes on the paper, and recut the muslin?


Yep, just like that!

original pattern
first muslin
tweaked pattern
tweaked muslin
final pattern
fashion fabric

I really like having a final, sturdy paper version, in case I want to use it again or consult it later. Right now I'm remaking a bodice I first made in 2007. I was totally prepared to draft from scratch again--but lucky, lucky me, I found the original pattern AND the muslin! Having both of them told me SO much more about the garment construction, the fit, and places where I could improve my technique.

Like others, I make gazillions of notes all over both the pattern and the muslin. I never seem to understand them later, but it still helps my process!

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Not to hijack your thread, but the question I had while doing this recently was how best to re-trace a muslin (made from muslin) back onto paper. It's darn squiggly! (I trace my patterns onto heavy wrapping paper, so there's usually a really nice edge to trace around when transferring to fabric. Back the other way, not so much!)

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Date: 6/20/13 7:39 PM

Yes, there seems to be disadvantages to both.

If I take the muslin apart and redraw, then I can definitely see how it would get squiggly! But if I just try to replicate the muslin changes on the paper (without tracing), it's not such an exact copy.

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Date: 7/18/13 7:53 AM

Taking a muslin of a Retro dress NL 6143 to fit a relative--fitted bodice with back, front, and bust darts, back zipper, then return home to sew and add full skirt, RTW size 4-6.

Question for alterations? In what order do you alter--the darts, the side seams, the zipper so maybe only 1 is needed? Not used to
having to alter such fitting darts for no-waist sized family and little kids.
Thanks!

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