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Message Board > Fitting Woes > "Proofread" my muslin please? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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"Proofread" my muslin please?
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Date: 6/28/13 6:20 PM

I *think* I am done with my cambie muslin... Would you mind double checking me just so I can be 100% sure?
I am making this out of my favorite fabric EVER, and it would take a miracle to get more, so I don't want to regret it.
It feels great, and I think it looks good enough... Maybe the back isn't completely perfect, but if you saw it in action, would you think it was that bad?
I'm just so nervous... Any suggestions?
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Date: 6/28/13 6:31 PM

Looks pretty darn good to me Maybe the vertical darts could be lowered just a bit. I wouldn't be too concerned about the back. If you take out too many of the "wrinkles" you won't have moving room. Have you attached the skirt portion to the bodice yet? That will also affect the way it fits.

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Date: 6/28/13 6:36 PM

No- I haven't really been worried about the skirt fit, so I didn't muslin it. It's an A- line skirt with plenty of hip room, so I figured if I true up the waist to the bodice, I should be ok...

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Date: 6/28/13 9:09 PM

I'd move the front vertical dart tips down about 1/2" or so. They're right at your bust point and they shouldn't be.

Also, do you see where it is binding at your waist? Id let out that seam just a tad bit more.

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Subject: Proofread my muslin please? Date: 6/28/13 11:07 PM

I agree in the darts...and the reasoning behind attaching the skirt is that the weight of the skirt will affect bodice fit. Especially since its a skirt with a little fullness.

With that said -- it looks great! I enjoy seeing your makes and can't wait for this one!

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Date: 6/29/13 8:09 AM

Thank you! I was thinking the same thing about the darts, and I'm going to let out the waist just a bit more. Luckily, I think I can do both of these changes without cutting a whole new bodice.
I'm making this from silk, lining with cotton, and cutting the skirt to just above knee length, so I think it'll be fairly light weight.
When I pull on the bodice a bit, if anything it looks better, so I am not too concerned with skirt weight throwing it off in a bad way. I might line the skirt with bemberg instead, though... I'd like the cotton to give the silk a little more body, but bemberg is more light weight, so less likely to compromise bodice fit. I've got plenty of both the cotton and bemberg, so maybe I will cut a skirt of each and try each option before I sew- essentially making a "muslin" with the real fabric.

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Date: 6/29/13 8:35 AM

You are very close and have done a lovely job here.

Here's a small refinement on your bodice. There's another reason to muslin the skirt- you can see precisely where the waist is hitting you and if you like it. Also, it is a major horizontal line, so you'll see if the waist is actually level on you, or has dips and/or high points. You can check the waist horizontal balance by tying a ribbon around your waist. Have a look at the seam allowance hanging below- is it even and enough or too much? You may have a tad too much length in the back and the horizontal ripples are extra length? Hard to know now if easing the slight waist snugness will disappear that or if there's a smidgen extra back length too.

This is going to be wonderful on you and please post when you finish.

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Date: 6/29/13 9:35 AM

That's a good point, wendyrb! I know my raw ends aren't trued up from all the tweaks I've done so far, and this bodice actually has a waistband attachment, so I might have to shorten this some. I will muslin a waistband, and cut out my cotton skirt lining option tonight!
This has been really helpful, and I feel better about being on the right track. Thanks, everyone!

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Date: 6/30/13 2:14 PM

Looks very good. I agree with Miss Fairchild about the bust darts being too close to the apex and I also agree with wendyrb that this looks a little too long waisted as is. It's important to see where the skirt will attach and that may resolve your small issues at the waist line.

On further inspection, I think I would add a little bit at the waist line. When sewing the skirt onto a bodice it will take in just a bit at the waist and it may end up a little to snug.
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Subject: Proofread my muslin please? Date: 6/30/13 3:11 PM

I think you are going to end up with a beautiful dress,and you are learning so much about fitting yourself with the muslin.I think the front is good except agree the darts should be a lower.The wrinkles in the back are from the fabric catching on the lower back area-rib cage bottom to the waist.Just a little more width through that area will balance the upper and lower wearing ease.I think the waist in back is a bit longer than you need so it is catching on the upper hip.I'd do the width adjust. first and see where that puts the back waist. carry

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