Sunday, April 10, 2011

My Burda 7576 jacket muslin

We were supposed to have our jacket muslins ready to go for Sherry's RTW Jacket Sewalong from the start of April, but like a few others I have been running late with it.  I got my pattern and fabric in time, but have only just finished the muslin - more than a week late!

Here's what it was looking like on the dressmaker's dummy last night - I was comfortable with this:

but today I got my partner to take some pictures of it on me - oh dear! Clearly the dummy is a better clothes horse than I (and probably not the same size as me either lol)!  Too loose in front, too tight in the back, arm set-in not right....


I made my muslin in a size 12 in the shoulders, arms and bust, grading out to a 16 in the waist and hips. I'm thinking to I'll adjust it to a size 18 waist and hips for the real jacket.  I don't know what else I need to fix, can you see what else I need to do? I know I set the sleeves in badly but I'm hoping that was just due to fatigue (late last night)...

The other thing is that I was planning to make this up in a warm wool, in a nice olive green sort of colour.  However, this little jacket seems to be intended to be made in light suiting or linen, and I don't think I have the skills to calculate the appropriate turn of the cloth and to add the right amounts of ease for a thicker fabric. So I may end up making it in one a red linen or a wide red/cream striped light-medium weight upholstery fabric. If I go with one of these lighter fabrics I can always have a go with the wool later, can't I - or should I push myself to the limit while Sherry and others in the Sewalong are available to help?


  1. Looking like a very, very promising muslin. That is a lovely jacket style and it looks like it is only going to need a little bit of tweaking to get it to fit you perfectly.

  2. Thanks Jacquie - I don't have much experience with proper muslins and careful fitting, so I wasn't confident it would be easy to fix this - but my second muslin is on its way and should hopefully be just about right!


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