I dunno about you but I’m usually too lazy to make a muslin. And if I do make one, it is when I am trying a pattern from a designer for the very first time (not sure about the ease, fit, sizing etc) or when the yardage requirement is more than my norm of 3 meters/yards. Instead of using a muslin fabric, I use a fabric that is relatively inexpensive and hope for the best- that it turns out wearable. This way, I won’t kill myself if it doesn’t and if it does, it’s a win-win.
The Anna dress is the first By Hand London pattern I’ve sewn and fulfills both my reasons for a muslin. I used 3 meters of a light weight border print cotton fabric from Ikea which I bought during a sale years ago. The fabric enhances the resort feel of the dress and I thought an unfinished hem would go nicely with it since it was cut on the selvage. The border print was on both selvages but I wanted the top of the dress to be completely white, which meant I had very little fabric to work with. That explains why I ended up with a dress that’s calf length. Me and my stubbornness.
I cut a size US8/ UK12, lengthened the bodice and chose to sew the v-neck version. I didn’t line this translucent dress but chose to wear a slip instead. This was the third dress I sewed last month, which I thought was perfect for my staycation at Sentosa Cove. I’ve worn it thrice since so I guess the length didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would:)
The pleats on the bust are exquisite. I seriously love them! This dress is a real quick sew. I cut. I sew. And I was done the same day! All ready for my Sentosa staycation:) And when the wind blows (like the photo below), that when the wavy waves appear at the bottom of the skirt.
Now that I have my muslin, I am so taking part in the Anna Dress Sewalong which is happening right now till mid October. I want to sew all 3 versions of the dress, if I can! Are you sewing along too? Can’t wait to see everyone’s versions!
But, before I start work on my Anna(s), I need to finish up an Emery dress in a silk velvet fabric…it sometimes gets tough sewing with super slippery fabric and affects my sewjo/ mood in general but I’m almost there. Think I really do need to check out the fabric stabilizers. Any brand you would recommend and is available online?
Have a blessed week!