So far I've muslined Burda and Ottobre many times to come up with a well fitting Tee. I'm almost there but not quite yet... I did learn a few things worth mentioning - I tried the famous Y dart FBA technique and discovered that it was not for me. Continuing on my quest to find a well fitting Tee, I even printed and taped a million sheets for a 'customized' Lekala pattern. No, that didn't work for me either.... More on these two later... But what I discovered in this process is that, even though I did start on the muslins to sort out the fit issues, I got a lot more than that out of it...
Here's what I think muslins help me with:
- to work on fitting issues, of course (duh!)
- to see if the pattern style suits my personal style
- to see if the pattern style suits my unique body shape
- to do a trial run on the construction technique, if I'd like to try that.
- to figure out the order of construction or come up with your own better version
- to see if the drape of the fabric is the right fit for this pattern
- to take the pressure off to get the garment look and fit super duper great the very first time (that's torture!)
- to use up stash ;)
- to say bye to the fear factor - muslins can be done in cheap fabric that I don't care to wear anyway and if it doesn't workout, I can kiss it goodbye and embrace another muslin.
- to feel encouraged - after every muslin, it's so obvious how far I've come from where I began and how close I am to a decent fitting tee.