I have been sewing a lot muslins lately - this time it is Marfy 3443. This is a dress for the stepmother of the bride. She and I are approximately the same size and I modeled the dress because it looked so dumpy on my dress form. Besides, I would not ask a civilian to model a muslin. I am out of touch with the perspective of a non-sewer, but I am assuming they don't want to post unflattering pictures of themselves on the internet.
|I.LOVE.THIS.DRESS. (even though it is too big)|
|It was only available in 3 sizes and I took the largest,|
hoping it would be the easiest to alter.
It is Marfy #3443:
I used a silk knit purchased from Banksville Fabrics in Connecticut for $18.99/yard, thanks to a tip from Anne the Clothing Engineer. That is a crazy low price for silk jersey - but the fabric is a little "rustic" compared to more expensive yardage. It is nice, though, no doubt about it.
I am also inspired by Anne's dyeing successes, so I also purchased the necessary supplies (from Dharma Trading) to dye it a dark teal green. Now, logic would tell you to dye the fabric first and then sew the dress, but I decided to go with the raw ivory color so that I could see the alterations needed. I find it much easier to see the lines of the garment when my muslin fabric is light. One way or another this dress will be wearable eventually (if all goes well, that is :) If Leigh doesn't like it, I'll make it for myself.
|It feels nice and swishy to wear.|
- I bought 3 yards and pre-washed the fabric in warm water. I didn't really have enough, so I had to cut the skirt front off-grain - but in a knit it might not matter so much.
- This is sewn straight out of the envelope with NO ALTERATIONS at all. Size 50 (Italian sizing). It is enjoyable to sew without doing any alterations first.
- The stretchiness of the fabric makes it hang longer than it should.
- I sewed up this dress in such a way that I can take it apart and alter it. There is too much length in the bodice. And I'm going to use powernet as underlining to stabilize the knit.
- I will explore benefits of applying interfacing to the waistband.
- I am also open to making any design changes necessary - for example I might extend that front waistband around to the back. Then I could make it snug around the waist to provide a bit more structure & support for the skirt.
- It calls for a zipper, but it wasn't necessary.
|Obviously, I don't do full hair and makeup on Saturday mornings when I am planning to stay indoors and sew all weekend.|
So, I think this would be exquisite in a 4-ply silk woven fabric, too. If Leigh prefers that, I will sew another muslin using a woven fabric instead of a knit. Then I am sure it will need the zipper and the fitting alterations would be a little different, too.
So, anyhow, that is just one of a few things I have been working on. I did sew several muslins of the lace jacket for myself and I had to put them in the time-out corner.
I set aside my MOB project because I need to re-think it. When I had the jacket fitted, it didn't function as I expected. It is a cropped jacket with the closure in the back instead of the front. If I moved my arms about, it made the jacket ride up and form creases above the bustline. Not a good look and certainly not comfortable to wear. So, I am stepping back to think about whether that is even a good plan.
There are so many competing issues!! For example, I decided early on that I would cover my arms. But after I struggled with the sleeves to the jacket, I wondered if it might be easier to just start doing pushups every day until September 19 and go sleeveless. I mean, really - which option is ultimately easier? I am all for staying in shape, but ...
So, I ordered another pattern from Marfy and I'll muslin that as soon as it arrives. Ever since we moved, I cannot find my waxed tracing paper! Well, I take that back - the only thing I can find is white waxed tracing paper and that is not too useful on ivory colored muslin fabric. How annoying - I finally caved and bought more. The good news is that I found giant waxed tracing paper on Susan Khalje's website. I wanted the big paper, anyway, so there!
While I was on Susan's website, I gazed longingly at the schedule. She teaches in Baltimore much more nowadays and I feel like a week of sewing with other women would do me good. But alas, I am spending a fortune on all my commitments this year, so maybe next year I can go back for a class. It will be good for me in 2016, too, right?
Happy Sewing all! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It is so nice to be sharing again.