"When sewing clothing, a test or fitting garment may be made of inexpensive muslin fabric before cutting the intended expensive fabric, thereby avoiding a costly mistake. The muslin garment is often called a muslin and the process is called making a muslin. With the availability of inexpensive synthetic fabrics, which closely resemble the hand (drape and feel) of expensive natural fabrics, a test or fitting garment made of synthetics may still be referred to as a muslin, because the word has become the generic term for a test or fitting garment."While muslin cotton is the preferred fabric choice for creating test garments, as you can clearly see stitching lines and it's easy to write on, you can substitute any inexpensive fabric as long as it mimics the properties of your fashion fabric. I like to pick up fabric at rummage sales to use for many of my muslins.
Do you sew muslins regularly? Fashion students are taught to make muslins, and designers always use them, but most beginning home sewers aren't initially aware of this important step. Personally, once I started sewing muslins as a routine part of my process, the quality of my finished garments really improved and my sewing success rate went up.
When should you sew a muslin?
- Any time you're trying a new design or pattern that is not similar to previous designs or patterns you've sewn
- Any time you're making a garment and the fit needs to be spot-on
- Any time you're sewing with fabric that you'd cry over if you cut, sewed and then discovered you hated your pattern or cut it too small, etc.
Hopefully you're convinced muslins are the way to go. Now here are some muslin-worthy fabrics ready for you to sew!
You know we have lots more where those came from. Visit Mood Fabrics online.
Are you a muslin maker? Or do you prefer to take your chances and forge ahead with your fashion fabric? There's always healthy online discussion among sewers about this very topic.
Thanks for stopping by. Check back here again on Favorite Fabric Friday, featuring the effervescent Sueann of the cotton department in the NYC store. She'll share her favorite fabrics of the moment, and she has great taste.