Managed to do my muslin on this dress now. I got mine from Abakhan, the shop just around the corner from my house.
Misses’ dresses with sleeve variations and seaming details. Cynthia Rowley Pattern Collection
The pattern offers three versions for the dress (two with sleeves and one without). You can add piping on the seams for a contrast look or not.
I decided to start by making a muslin of the dress and used cotton, without stretch and no piping in the seams.
Materials and notions:
Depending on the size and view you are making you will need between 2.60 – 4.00 meters of main fabric a and 0.80 and 1.10 meters lining and a 12-inch zipper.
As Simplicity always does, the instructions easy to follow. They are accompanied like all the Simplicity patterns by diagrams to help you understand better the instructions. My pattern version which is for sizes 6 – 14 or EU 32 – 40 comes with Spanish instructions as well. I expected the construction to be much more complicated.
With a bit of help from http://www.fashionsewingblog.com/ I’ve inserted the lining in the zipper area by machine – you’ll find Coleen’s tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwXuI-uv5UU&feature=plcp. Normally, once the zipper is in I hand stitch the lining in place. Not anymore. Also I’ve decided to shorten the skirt by 10cm (you know I am quite little) and use my rolled hem foot to make a very small hem. Did not know I was so easy to make these hems on cotton. For this, I used Claire Kennedy’s tutorial, which you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6Vq7WEZTk&feature=youtu.be
I made the dress in size 14 (should have gone with size 10- finished dress bust is 92 cm, which is my bust measurement). I strongly suggest if you are making this dress to use as a guide for the size the finished measurements for the garment. In my case this would have been a size 10 (with fabric with a bit of stretch), but if I want a bit of ease will go with size 12.
Will I make it again!” Of course, I would. I’m planning on going with smaller sizes and making a top. Will just need to adjust the bottom side of the dress. Will also make it with piping to emphasise the lines of the bodice. You can’t really tell in these pictures. Although this muslin is a bit on the big side, I will keep it as it is. I kind of like it and will be good for when I get pregnant for a while.