THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

May 14, 2006

Graduation Dress – Part 2 (the muslin)

Filed under: Fit/Pattern Alterations,Pattern Reviews — thesewingdivas @ 10:59 am

by Diva Gigi

I was finally able to trace off my pattern, alter it and cut out a muslin today. This pattern is designed for a woven so I felt pretty confident that the size 8 would fit me fine without a full bust alteration. The only alterations I made were for a forward shoulder, short arms and sway back. Everything fits really well as-is except that I lowered the vee neckline by 1″. I noticed that the center front seam hangs about an inch shorter than the rest of the skirt. I sewed this seam with a zigzag and it isn’t a fit issue so I think it’s just a pattern issue. I will add 1″ at the center front tapering to nothing at the seam. I used Stay Tape to stabilize the front gathers – it is incredibly irritating so I’ll use something else in the final garment.

The pattern calls for a zipper in the back but I didn’t think it was necessary.

On to real fabric!



  1. Oh, I love the look of this dress so far! Gigi, have you lost weight? Your dress form looks smaller to me! I can’t wait to see the next installment. -Ann

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 14, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  2. I think it will be a winner Gigi – you may end up making more than one version!

    Comment by Phyllis — May 14, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  3. It’s not your imagination, Ann, my dress form is smaller than I am. I have lost 25 lbs. but I doubt Ethel and I will ever be the same size again.

    Comment by Gigi — May 14, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  4. It must be a pleasure to sew the vintage pattern dress right out of the envelope besides your small alterations. The muslin dress looks great and I’ll bet your final dress will look gorgeous on you.

    Comment by Els — May 14, 2006 @ 2:01 pm

  5. It’s looks like it’s going to be really pretty! I can’t wait to see it in your final fabric. Congrats on losing 25lbs, too!!

    Comment by jemgirlca — May 14, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

  6. Yeah! Glad to see you’re moving on with the sewing. This is goind to be pretty glam on.

    Comment by Mary Beth — May 14, 2006 @ 3:34 pm

  7. I love your styles. I was looking for a bodice with pleats accross the front.

    Comment by nose — February 19, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

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