Here comes the not so interesting part – making up a muslin. I am embarrassed to admit that I make far fewer muslins than I should; but I am very thankful that most patterns do not require very many alterations to fit properly. However, when I am dealing with a limited amount of yardage that costs a fair amount of money (and that cannot be replaced), a test run is always a good idea.
Besides, there are only four pieces to cut out, so I am going to stop my bellyaching.
After cutting out my bodice pieces in muslin, I sewed along the given 5/8” seam allowance on all outer edges. This way when I rip the muslin apart to cut my fabric pieces, it should not stretch out of shape.
Because this is a strapless bodice, I decided that the only way I was going to be able to tell if I was in the ballpark regarding fit was to apply a zipper to the muslin. Thankfully, I happened to have a 20” zipper on hand.
Turns out, the size 14 is more roomy than I expected from the measurements printed on the pattern tissue.
I am not going to bother cutting and stitching the skirt pieces. For one, muslin is never going to drape like my fabric. And I have no wish to cut those massive pieces out more than I have to!
The fit looks pretty great, so now I have to get up the courage to cut into my fabric.