I spent most of the day today working on my turquoise and yellow dress, and I’m happy to report that the second muslin appears to be much less enormous and much less ridiculous than the first. I’m not sure that I’m 100% satisfied with the fit just yet, but we’re making leaps and bounds compared to my triangular-alien muslin. Woo hoo!
Step 1: I ripped out all the seams of the first muslin, collecting all the little threads in a neat pile, as usual. : ) I was so glad to see this fabric in a flat pile as opposed to a huge mess hanging off my shoulders!
Step 2: I carefully trimmed off fabric from just about every piece, hoping for a more fitted (more human-looking?) dress the second time around. I had originally cut a 14 all around, but this time I decided to cut a 10 for the bodice pieces and between a 10 and a 12 for the skirt. I removed the inch of length I added at the shoulders, but kept the extra inch at the waist. Fingers crossed.
Step 3: I re-assembled most of the dress, this time with better princess seams. See? No puckers! The seam isn’t exactly straight, but believe me, this is much improved from my first attempt. Hopefully I’ll be good to go once I finally get to the final version of the dress… although that still seems pretty far away. Blargh, fitting issues!
Step 4: Although I still haven’t had a chance to put the zipper in, I tried on the almost-finished second muslin to test the fit. Much better!! It’ll be hard to make any real conclusions until the zipper is in (hopefully by tomorrow morning), but I’m happy that this seems to be moving in the right direction. I suspect it’s actually a little too small this time around (did I overdo it??), but I’m happy that at least this version falls within the realm of normalcy.
Phew!! This dress had better be fabulous when it’s all said and done!