I sewed a muslin this weekend. Boy that was a lot of work! Just the pattern adjustments took a few hours with scissors, paper, tape, pencil and ruler. This is the first time I have sewn a Butterick pattern since who knows when; all I know is they never fit. I got out a pattern (out of Bernina My Label) that I used to sew a jacket last Fall. The tissue had only sizes 14-22 and my shoulders are about a 10. So, basically, I cut on the size 22 lines for height, 10 for shoulders, then 16 for everything else. This time I did not add any height to the armscye. Also, this muslin is OK as a light coat, but too small to be a real winter coat that fits over layers. It has to get bigger.
Yes, it is tricky to morph from a 10 in the shoulders to a 16 in the bust and I cannot begin to understand exactly how that works - I just trace from the BML pattern that fits and it seems to work. And for the sleeve, I used an existing sleeve pattern that already fit. Forget trying to alter the pattern- the shape is just different in a way that is still mysterious to me.
Then, the next sewing session was cutting and sewing the muslin. I used this really awesome coat-weight muslin I got from Gorgeous Fabrics. Wow! That is some heavy muslin.
(yes, there are already shoulder pads in there)I totally messed up the collar - probably cut it without the seam allowances because it was way too small.
The muslin still needs work, but hey- I think this is the best 1st try I've ever sewn. I am feeling some progress. Definitely.
And I am really glad I am sewing so far in advance because I am not going through another winter with RTW. I found something that fit last year but the color was not good and it was completely worn out at the end of the winter. I can do better than that!
I have been poking around the Neiman-Marcus and Saks websites for inspiration. I found something GREAT! I can use my black sequin fur fabric for a coat like this :) Should be versatile, eh?
OK, well happy sewing and fitting and so on and so forth. When I met with Susan for a lesson, I told her "I just haven't figured out how to fit myself" and her reply was, "Fitting yourself is hard". That kinda made me feel a little better.