Muslin. What is it? Why do you use it?
|Muslin test garment|
Muslin also comes in several qualities, from inexpensive $0.99 per yard to about $7.00 or $8.00 per yard. I like to keep several grades around to use when I need to create a muslin version of something, either to practice a technique or even a full complete copy of a pattern to check all of the details of a fit before I commit to a more expensive fashion fabric. It is best purchased by the whole bolt. The price is even better if you have a large discount coupon.
Inexpensive muslin is a wonderful fabric to use when you need to make a test garment for checking fit and style compatibility. Sometimes a pattern looks adorable, but is incompatible with your shape or personality. With all the time it takes to create a finished garment, it is worth the low cost of muslin to be sure the finished product will be something you will want to wear. In this case the muslin I create will probably not be a completed item, it will just be the basics, enough for me to see if it is really as expected for me. If I still like it, then I use the muslin to mark fit adjustments, any alterations or pattern changes. I will also be using the least expensive muslin I have on hand.
|Marked sewing line on a muslin test|
Sometimes I only need to check the fit on a portion of the garment. Most recently it was a dress bodice and how it fit at the waist. I needed the full bodice portion and enough of the skirt to sew to the bodice. The dress skirt is quite long, but I made the bodice and a long peplum. It served the purpose and I saved time.
|Adjustment stitched in red|
Once fit has been tested then your test garment can qualify for your "tried and true" approval. That is when you know that the garment fits perfectly, looks great and you love to wear it. The pattern can become a go to choice for future garments and you will not have to spend the extra time testing fit again.
|Muslin on rolled on bolt|