…For easy (and accurate) construction. Hey Everyone… I had a great class yesterday in Rhode Island… The ladies are doing an amazing job One thing that stood out as an obvious topic for a quick tip was Fit Muslin Construction. I’m pretty surprised at myself for never doing a blog post about it before. I think it’s because I take it for granted that it’s an easy thing to do. When I looked at some of the fit muslins that came to class, I realized that there are a few tips that I can give to make the job easier…. So, here we go!
The first thing I want to point out is that muslin fabric does not have an obvious right and wrong side… This makes it really easy to mistakenly sew two lefts or rights when constructing the back leg pieces. While doing this is not tragic, you would end up with seam allowances showing on one side of your muslin, but not the other. An easy way to prevent this from happening is to lay the left and right back leg and back yoke out on your work table side by side… That way you can see that you have one crotch point facing left and the other facing right. Then put the back yoke into place above the top of the leg pieces, as if they were sewn together. That way you can pin the back yoke to the top of each back leg the right way… Here’s something that happened in class. In the muslin below, the back yoke was sewn on wrong… the shorter side seams are meeting up at the center back of the muslin. In this particular case, the more important issue (that the back was way too low) could be easily corrected by taking the yoke pieces off and switching them, so the longer CB edges were meeting in the middle!In addition to laying the pieces out to make sure you have a right and left leg ready to sew, it’s a good idea to mark the edges with the actual seam allowance you need to use. For example, the top of the back leg/yoke needs a 3/4″ seam allowance while the front crotch curve only needs 3/8″. Marking them on the fabric itself makes it easy to remember what you’re doing as you stitch along!
There may be a few other tidbits in the video… check it out and let me know what you think! Also, I want to remind everyone that I’ll be in Denver next week, so no Quick Tips … (I’ll make up for it when I get back