Friday, August 29, 2014

M5894 Muslin Adjustments

Hello everyone!

It's Friday, and I wanted to share with you how my M5894 muslin adjustments are coming along!  Let me show you an updated photo, and then I will get into what I did.  By the way, these photos are as cleaned up as I could get.  I realize now that I needed a lot more light, and I am too lazy to re-do them.  Next time will be better.  Here goes:

For the front, the main goal from last time, was to decrease the rise.  On the last muslin, I was swimming in fabric, and I had not even attached the waistband yet!  I took out 1.5" (I pinned and sewed the excess out), and with my waistband attached, I am now looking at my pants sitting right at my belly button.  I don't like it, so lower I shall go!  I plan on taking another 5/8" out of the rise, and I think that will be perfect. By pinching out this additional amount on my muslin, I still have what appears to be a nice fit for the front.

My waistband is really the reason it took some time for me to get my muslin adjusted.  M5894 has a straight waistband, and I really wanted one that is more contoured like Angela Wolf recommends, only because it conforms a little more to your waist.  So I ended up taking the waistband from S1696, and adjusting it for his one.  It worked out well, and I will use it for my final product.

Now for the back:

Not too bad, right?  Once I added the waistband, I noticed some gapping, but this can be easily adjusted. I'm sure my swayback/tilted pelvis and large rear end have something to do with this!  Anyhow, I do have a small amount of wrinkling in the back, but I think I scooped the crotch too low.  I will have to re-check my crotch length measurement so I won't over-scoop!!!!!

Overall, the muslin feels comfortable.  I compared the fit to my favorite RTW jeans, and lo' and behold, I have wrinkling under my bottom in those jeans as well.

Soooooo....all things considered, I think I will be cutting into my fabric starting next week!  I'm just going to make some notes about these changes, take a deep breath, and GO!  I can always fine-tune as I go, and my additional fabric came in, so I should have some yardage to fall back on if all my changes don't work out.

In the meantime, I will check back in next week by Wednesday.  We have a long Labor Day ahead, filled with visiting family so I plan on being busy.

Enjoy your weekend, and stay sew-filled!


  1. Vanessa! Those look great! I'm excited to see your final product(s). Have fun this weekend!

  2. Isn't it funny how we nit-pick our handmade clothing but have the same fit issues in RTW we hardly notice?!

  3. Looking good, V. Make sure to take a seat in your muslin before you proceed! Some ease is good ease. =)

  4. Your jeans are going to look really nice. I'm glad you were able to work out the fit issues.

  5. I agree with L, be sure to sit in your muslin to make sure it's comfy. You are making SO much progress!!!!

  6. Vanessa, your muslin is looking great! I can't wait to see your finished pair.

  7. Isn't fitting a lot of work? But just think of how wonderful the finished product will be!!

  8. Lookin' good Vanessa! You are off to a GREAT start! Making me want a pair of jeans myself.


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