Today I’m going to tell you about the top I made for my Selfish Sewing Week outfit. First of all, let me tell you, this is a wearable muslin.
From the Burda Style Dictionary: Muslin-Sewers speak of making ‘a muslin’ when they use a plain fabric to make a mock-up version of a pattern they want to try, as a kind of sample before they cut out and sew a final version in fashion fabric. The muslin is used to identify fitting issues and to make adjustments which the sewer then incorporates into their paper pattern.
So I’m calling this a wearable muslin because when you are 6 feet tall and you make a shirt that has sleeves long enough for you, you wear it no matter what issues it has! Ah, the beauty of making your own clothes…
I had this idea for a shirt and dress pattern and I started playing around with it. Can you believe the gals whose main theme is skirts might actually develop something that is not a skirt as their first pattern? Don’t know…stay tuned!
Things I love about this shirt:
- raglan sleeves
- looong sleeve length
- slimming shape
- one piece side inset shape
- using a 3rd piece of my cherished Birch Organic Fabrics bird fabric!
Things I will change for the next time:
- Start the inset/contrast fabric at the neckline
- Curve in even more at the waist
- Take out a few inches in the front and back to make it more fitted
- Sew the FOE at the neckline tighter. (To be fair; this was my 1st time working with FOE!)
- Lengthen the top to carry on the inset/contras fabric shape longer
I’d gladly take any suggestions you have for my work in progress! Since it’s Selfish Sewing Week, I might actually decide to do something about these changes this week! Tomorrow I’ll share with you the last piece in my ensemble, anyone recognize what pattern it is?
What have you been working on? Anything for yourself?