Today we’re going to take those muslin pieces and get them closer to something we can try on. Isn’t that a great moment in the sewing process, the point at which you get to try it on?
Need to catch up? Here are links to the previous Sew-Along posts:
- Crescent Sew-Along #1: Q&A and Schedule
- Crescent Sew-Along #2: Choosing Your Fabric
- Crescent Sew-Along #3: My Fabric Choice
- Crescent Sew-Along #4: Ready, Set, Prepare!
- Crescent Sew-Along #5: Supply List & Let’s Get Started!
All right, let’s get sewing! Today we’re going to put together our skirt muslins. It’s much like sewing the actual skirt, but a little faster as we don’t have to finish everything perfectly.
One thing I forgot to mention on Monday: you’ll need a zipper for your muslin. If that seems too wasteful, using up a zipper just for a muslin, you can rip it out afterwards and reuse it. You can even use your real skirt zipper, the one you plan to use for your real Sew-Along skirt, in your muslin. After the fitting is done, rip it out and use it for the actual skirt project.
Let’s start sewing! We’ll go in a slightly different order than the pattern instructions. A couple of you mentioned that you were going to muslin just the yoke, so that’s where we’ll start! If that’s all you need to feel confident with the fit, you’ll save a bit of time (and save muslin, too!)
Sewing the Waistband
First, grab your waistband pieces. Count ’em up, there should be 8 pieces total. Starting with the centre front seam, sew the waistband together along the curved seams and sideseams. If you’re following the pattern sewing instructions, refer to step 11. (On a side note, I’m especially pleased with the diagram for this step!)
Use long stitches to sew the seams. If you have to unpick or let out the seams, you’ll be happy that you used wider stitches as they’re easier to remove!
For sewing the curved seams, pin the pieces together matching the ends first.
Then, pin in between the edges as shown.
At the end, you should have a constructed waistband looking somewhat like this:
Press all seams open. Let’s move to the next section!
NOTE: If all you plan on muslin-ing is the waistband, you’re done!
Sewing the Waistband Facing
Only two seams to sew here! Sew the Front Waistband Facing to the Back at the sideseams. Press both seams open.
Sewing the Pockets
Technically, you could skip this step and sew the pockets closed. But, since the pockets are at the hip, and affect how the skirt fits, let’s sew the pockets properly to give us a better idea of fit.
Pin the pocket to the pocket opening edge on the Skirt Front.
Sew, press open, and press pocket to the inside of the skirt.
Fold back the pocket, and stitch the bottom seam of the pocket bag.
Turn the skirt over so it’s right side up, and line up the top edge and side edges of the pocket bag.
Baste in place, through all layers, along the top and side to secure pocket.
That should get you started! I’ll be back with Sewing the Muslin, Part 2 tomorrow, if not later today!
As usual, leave a comment if you have questions! How’s the pace so far?
PS. Did you notice these photos look a little different? I got to move into my office early, so these photos are taken in the new space! Exciting! After moving in yesterday morning, and getting everything set up (furniture, internet, the works) I sewed up the skirt muslin.
Office photos to come once it’s looking pretty in here. Here’s a sneak-peek, although it looks super-tiny and dark in this photo. I assure you, it’s bright and spacious in real life. Love the view and the sunshine!