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Date: 6/27/13 9:44 AM

I bought some bleached muslin to make a summer nightgown and to use for muslins. Got it home, looked at it, and thought: this is very nice fabric. It's light, not transparent, cool. I could make a good casual shirt out of this. I washed it on hot, dried it, and it's still lovely. So my question is, why don't we use muslin for things other than muslins? Am I missing something here?

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Subject: Muslin fabric Date: 6/27/13 11:03 AM

Muslin for a trial can be any fabric. If you were to make a muslin for a garment that will be made from knit you might want to use an inexpensive or very ugly knit so the trial and finish garment are of "like" fabrics.

Muslin fabric can be used for just about anything that requires a "like" weight....garments, totes, quilt backs....

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Date: 6/27/13 2:57 PM

Thanks-- but I was asking something else. Is there some reason why we don't use muslin to make actual clothing? I'd like to use this fabric to make a summer shirt, not to try out the pattern, but actually to wear.

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Date: 6/27/13 5:50 PM

As I understand it, muslin is used a lot in quilting (which is why it comes in super-wide widths)...? Yes?

I've used it some for costuming, but it (being white-ish) tends to be a little more sheer than I like. If you get a variety that washes up *very* softly, you can massage a lot of extra volume into a project, which can make up for the sheerness. I can't personally think of an everyday real-life garment I would want made from muslin... but I don't really wear a lot of crisp, lightweight wovens. YMMV!

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Date: 6/27/13 9:45 PM

Garments made from muslin fabric go in and out of style. Since it lends itself to simple "homespun" type clothing, it isn't very popular unless that style is in fashion. The last time I remember muslin being in fashion was the late 70s - early 80s for the "prairie style".

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Date: 6/27/13 11:20 PM

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Thanks-- but I was asking something else. Is there some reason why we don't use muslin to make actual clothing? I'd like to use this fabric to make a summer shirt, not to try out the pattern, but actually to wear.

I can't answer for "we". If you like it, do it.

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Date: 6/27/13 11:53 PM

I think muslin was used for clothing quite a bit at least a century ago. If you like it, go ahead and make wearable garments from it. :)

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Date: 6/28/13 0:36 AM

Yes, I had some skirts in the mid - late 70's that I made from muslin. I love the look and feel of it. Depending on the particular fabric, it can be a bear to iron and at leas tone skirt I made I forgot to pre-wash (hey - I was a kid!) and it only fit once. And I spent a trillion hours embroidering a border print on it. *sigh* Life lesson.

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Date: 6/28/13 4:15 AM

Go for it! I love muslin for garments, am always drawn to it (RTW) when browsing in shops. I don't think I'd be able to make a 'muslin' from muslin, there's plenty of cheap/ugly stuff for doing that, we all have our 'oh yeuch' and 'why did I get that' moments :)

Use it, make something niceEven dye it maybe? though I like it natural...

ps If it doesn't work out, call it a muslin LOL

Oh, from a video I once watched I think it was mentioned they use muslin for slopers/muslins as it is good for squaring up prior to measuring/cutting, it showed how to do this, and the grain was very easy to watch being squared up. Also it presses well and the price was a factor too.

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Date: 6/28/13 6:43 AM

I made a muslin for my DH to perfect the fitting. He liked the trial shirt so much that he started wearing it. That was several years ago and the shirt as been washed, pressed and worn. It still looks like new. The muslin is very breathable and he finds it very comfortable in warm weather. It is one of his favorite shirts. So, use your muslin for garments and enjoy it.

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