For my little adventure with Happy Homemade Sew Chic, I have relied on longtime stash fabric and inexpensive cuts to do the “wearable muslin” route with my projects. The clothes are simple enough that none is a big enough investment of time. If a garment goes tragically wrong (I’m talking about you, Straight-cut Tiered Skirt and Straight-cut Sarouel Pants) it’s no big whoop.
But the Pinafore Dress project is a different story. These silk crepe de chine panels weren’t cheap – about $18 apiece. Definitely an indulgence. But hey, a gal can camp it up in hemp for just so long.
So I dashed off a quick muslin of the Pinafore Dress – just the top with the yoke, the gathers and the straps – to be sure I understood how the whole shebang fit together before I worked on the main event. I had some red lawn lying around for who knows how long. So, go!
I skipped the interfacing in the yoke and straps, and I dashed the piece together with long stitches.
It made a pretty cute top, actually. Once the dress is done, I might revisit this.
Do you always make a muslin? Always always? Never never? Sometimes?