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Date: 8/14/13 4:42 PM

I'm starting out on a Very Important Project. In short, the outfit to wear to my sister's wedding. Usually (some people are going to wince here) I just wing it without a muslin.

However, this time round there are a couple of factors which mean I will in fact be making a full (hopefully wearable) muslin out of a similar wool. My final item is out of nice expensive fabric, the fit looks like it might be tricky, and this is a more complicated pattern compared to a lot of what I have made.

Now, based on previous experience when I made this slightly similar skirt I'm going to have to reduce the side curve at the hip. I do have a 10 inch difference between hip and waist, but most of that is my derriere. From the front you cant see half as much difference.

Also a few other reviewers have said they had to shave off excess fabric in this area, and that you can even see it on the model for the patten envelope (which is true).

So, how much do I take off the curve? I really am unsure how to begin.....thanks in advance.
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Date: 8/14/13 5:50 PM

Do you have a hip curve, meaning the tool called that? I have taken one and held it against the side of my hip to see what the curve is like.

Or, stand against a wall, with paper taped to the wall, and have someone trace your hip from waist to thigh. Then cut that curve out and place it on the pattern to compare and see where you'd like to reduce the curve. You could use the hip curve tool to draw a new, smooth, curve based on the tracing. Don't forget seam allowances.

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Date: 8/16/13 3:37 AM

thanks for the advice, really practical and helpful. I got my housemate to do the drawing and its been quite interesting comparing the results with the side pattern piece.

The top (near to the waist) curve is really quite sharp, so I can immediately see compared to my hip "transfer" this is where I'll need to reduce things. Its going to be by several cm though. Do you think I will need to allow for bigger seam allowances elsewhere to compensate just in case?

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Date: 8/16/13 12:45 PM

I'm having trouble visualizing that, but you might as well give yourself a little insurance in the seam allowances.... can't hurt....

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Date: 8/16/13 2:44 PM

The easiest way to do this is to pin it to fit your curve.

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