The last two nights, I have been muslining my friends. Yes, I just coined a new verb. To muslin. I muslined. And have been muslining. Have you been muslining? Use my new verb in good health!
I muslined two patterns, but only one will have photographic evidence. I’ll explain more later.
First up, Vogue 8584, a simple, pull on, elasticized waist straightish leg pant. It’s relatively easy to cut out and sew up if you plan on view B (on bottom right) which has no pocketses (to use Gollum-speak). I used view A’s length to save on muslin and sewed up a straight 14 at first. Here are the only changes I need to make to adjust the fit:
- I needed to let out the side seams about 1/4 inch for a full increase of 1/2 inch ease on each pant leg. This really made all the difference in how the pant legs draped/fell. I will probably add the additional ease starting from the hip on down the entire leg. My thighs are a little wider than my hips, so they need a little more room.
- The waist as drawn on these pants is really high. About 2 inches too high. So if I rest the waistband as drafted on my natural waist, the crotch is two inches too low. I tried rolling the waistband once over itself and that seemed to correct the problem. When I use my linen for this pattern, I will just chop off two inches from the top of the pattern and move the fold line down.
- I love the front view, not a whole of lot of wrinkles there
- I was pleasantly surprised by the side view, it’s not as “fattening” as I thought it would be.
- The back view looks a bit wide, dontcha think? Not sure how to remedy that situation. Might have to ignore it, or the linen might behave in an entirely different and better way than this muslin, i.e., have more drape.
- I love the crotch curve. I feel like it was tailor made to my body shape. Yeah!!!
- I may have to let out the side seams a titch. I have smiles at the crotch and butt that I think those smiles are actually groans because the thighs need a little room. I made a sz medium, fyi.