Vogue 1174, day 2: the first muslinette

I was hoping to get to this point by the end of the week! But without better ideas for how to spend my day, I finished tracing 1174, and cut out the bodice muslin. It was so quick and easy I decided to stitch it up! I even prepped my fashion fabric for good measure! I’m liking how things are looking so far!

By Vogue’s measurements, I’m a 14, and sewed up a 12. Turns out that is looking a bit big on my form – see that nice gaping near the left armhole? I’ll have to get my sweetie to pin me into it to see how it works on a real life body (I think I’ll skip posting pics given how sheer my muslin fabric is… they’d be pornographic!). Sadly, 12 is the smallest size in my envelope, and I’m not keen to pay Vogue patterns pricing to get a 10. $33 in Canada! Bah.

Many other sewists who have given 1174 a go have commented that the sizing runs big. Given that this muslinette represents just one layer, I’m wondering how much I should take in. After all, there’s still lining and a foundation with boning to fit inside. I wasn’t planning on muslining the lining and boning – though it might not be such a bad idea given that the boning is a new to me technique. Though perhaps I can just get an extra metre of boning and practice on some muslin.

I’ve also discovered what seems to be the trickiest part of this pattern (minus the boning, and keeping 27 pattern pieces organized): the seamlines. I think they’re all going to be piped, and so if they don’t all match up, the dress is going to look pretty rough. One of my side seams wasn’t matching up… will have to compare my traced pattern piece to the original to see if I accidentally added or took a little off of any piece.

The other tricky bit – I’m using a print, and so I need to make sure that the print matches on all sides. It doesn’t have horizontal stripes… thank goodness… at one point I was daydreaming of making this in a plaid… what a nightmare that would have been! but I still think they should line up reasonably with each other.

Lessons learned:

  • when tracing, use the side of the paper for the fold. less to cut!
  • seamlines can be tricky; be super careful when tracing, cutting and stitching that the pieces that match are the same length – as exact as possible
  • when sewing a plain fabric, make sure I know which is the up side, and which is the down side to a piece. I think I sewed two upside down by mistake!

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