Can I just say up front that I greatly dislike doing muslins? For most of the unfitted and easy sewing I like to do, a muslin isn’t terribly necessary most of the time. And since I also match patterns to my personal slopers, that helps minimize the making of muslins also.
But a wearable muslin – that is a different story! This wearable muslin is made from some fat quarters I batik dyed!
This is Tessuti’s Eva Dress.
Here’s a link to purchase and download their pattern. (I don’t make anything from this link.) It is a basic not-too-tight fitting dress with lots of attitude.
What caught my eye was the great shape – it’s like a lantern. And since there are so many different pieces for the skirt, and they fit onto fat quarters, this seemed like a neat way to test the pattern.
There are 4 pieces for each of the front and back. While cutting this out, I had to lay the pieces in the correct order on the floor so I didn’t accidentally cut too many of one thing and not enough of the other. I cut a size medium as indicated on the pattern for my measurements and sadly it is a bit snug across the chest.
So I printed out the PDF, again, and put it together, again. This time I cut one size bigger – the large. I also lengthened the bodice 1″ from the shoulder to armhole, and 1″ from armhole to waist. I also added 1″ horizontally to both the upper and lower skirt pieces. I am 5’10” tall and needed the length!
I plan to salvage the muslin by adding a strip under the arms. I may need to add a strip at the bottom just for more length. It’s just so stinkin’ cute!
So on to the real fabric – a brown linen with black stripes.
view with pocket
This dress will be my summer funeral dress. Yes, you read that right. I rarely wear dark colors but need something to wear for those somber times. This will be comfortable and will cover me well. My legs have a lot of sun damage so I try to minimize showing them as much as possible ever since panty hose went out of style!
Have you tried Tessuti Patterns?
I’d like to hear which ones and know your thoughts. They have cute stuff!
Happy Creating everyone!