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Leaving Wadderville, Entering Muslin City

2012 November 5
by elizabeth_admin

People, I am leaving that NL top in Wadderville.  I hopped the train to Muslin City with Burda’s raglan top, 4-2009-112.  I have made three muslins of this knit top.  THREE!!!  I bet you think I’m crazy to spend this much time on a knit top but I really want it to work because I love the neckline and the raglan sleeves style.  I also think that this pattern is perfect to knock off my version of the Asos top I have been drooling over for months now.

Here’s the Burda top…


Here’s the Asos top…


And here’s my first muslin of the Burda top…




Besides being too short, my cheater FBA was not enough to deal with the full bust.  There’s some obvious swayback pooling in the back, but I really don’t want a center back seam, so I will have to deal with that for now.  Also, it has been so long since I made up a Burda pattern, that I forgot to add seam allowances to the pattern pieces I traced.  So this version is a little small on me.

I started with a sz 40 and cheated out to the 44 size at the bust and came back to the 40 sz for the waist.  This was not enough of a cheater FBA.  I tried a different FBA method using the sz 40 later that night with marginally better results.  But that’s a tale for another day.

More on my trip to Muslin City tomorrow!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. November 5, 2012

    Good to get back into it with a knit. You don’t need a CB seam for swayback modification-I find this works pretty well for me. Also that ASOS top looks like it has set-in sleeves not raglan..

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      November 5, 2012

      I tried that method, but it didn’t do a whole lot. And I do know that the Asos top has set in sleeves. I am just using the knit base and faux leather sleeves idea from that top. Raglan sleeves are easier to sew than set in ones.

      • November 6, 2012

        Have you tried this one: ?

        I have a really pronounced swayback and it works well for me.

      • November 7, 2012

        I’ve address some of the issues above in my comment in the next post. Just had a quick observation about commenting, It seems like you’re using the wordpress engine for your blog but your comment responses don’t show up in my dashboard. You may want to activate that functionality or, switch to disqus (which allows cross-platform commenting and keeps tracks of responses for you) because otherwise the people you respond to won’t be seeing your responses. I only saw this one because I came back to the post after seeing the tshirt shown in the next post.

  2. November 5, 2012

    That is totally wearable – it looks good!
    But I can understand being picky if you are going to make a version using leather.

  3. November 5, 2012

    I agree with Robin. The top looks quite nice and it fits you well. But being picky is good also, especially if you are using leather as your fabric of choice. m.

  4. November 5, 2012

    I love the inspiration top! But definitely work out the fit until you are really happy with it if you plan to do any part of it in leather or faux. Would you believe I’m already thinking about my next leather project? 😉

  5. November 6, 2012

    I have only this year discovered the benifits (and trials) of creating a muslin – though I call it a toile. I still get quite frustrated at how long it takes sometimes when all I want to do is dive in and make a finished garment, but when you finally get there with something that fits beautifully – its so worth it!

    Tell me, what is FBA (though it’s probably really obvious) and A “wadder”? This one I might have been able to guess – though the worder is completely foreign!

  6. November 6, 2012

    You don’t need a centre seam to deal with the swayback problem. Take you pattern piece and match it up to where the bunching is. Pinch out a dart through the area but dont take it into the side seam. Otherwise you have a great fit and the style flatters your shape.

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