Choosing the style, fabrics, and making of the muslin…
Hello everyone! This will be the first post in our new blog series where I teach Ciarra how to sew her very own outfit. Ciarra has limited sewing experience, and has only made an apron in the past. This will be the first time she will be making actual wardrobe pieces for the summer season.
For this project…
Ciarra decided she wanted to make separates. Because it is summer, she chose a loose fitting off shoulder blouse, and a single ruffle mini shirt to match.
Her choice of fabric is rather ambitious for someone who has never sewn a piece of clothing before, but I admire her enthusiasm! For her selection she went with a black and white gingham. Because this is technically a plaid, she will have to learn to match up the pattern correctly, so the seams look copacetic.
The first step in the process of making her outfit, was to make a muslin of the top to test fit. The area of the top that we were the most concerned with was the armcye (armhole) This area usually has to be adjusted on Ciarra, so we were very curious to see how that would come out. Unfortunately I was running low on muslin, and when I pulled out what I had left, we didn’t have enough to make two sleeves for the top. Because this style of top is one that is more “loose” and has no shoulder cap, we threw caution to the wind, and only cut out one sleeve. Sometimes you just have to make do with what you have (plus we are dealing with time constraints!) This worked fine for us.
The following photos show Ciarra going through the process of cutting, marking, and sewing her muslin…and away we go!
So there you have it! Muslin is complete. Next blog post will be fitting the skirt waistband just to make sure, and cutting out the pieces with the final fabric choices!