I've never used a muslin as my pattern before - do I repeat the one inch seam allowances on my wool when cutting out 'for real'? Any other tips for using muslin pieces as a pattern?
You may have cut out your Lady Grey pattern already, so this may be a moot point for the purposes of this sew-along. But it's an interesting discussion in general, I think!
First off, let me say that a lot of this comes down to personal preference. Some people like to use their muslins as patterns, others prefer to transfer everything back to the paper pattern. It's up to you, and sewing experts I admire and have learned a lot from all have their own ways. But here are a few things to bear in mind if you decide to use your muslin as your pattern:
- You will most likely want to trim your 1-inch seam allowances down to avoid bulk. Also, if you've let you seams out at all, you will have "used up" some of your wide seam allowances. I've trimmed my Lady Grey seam allowances down to 5/8", which will match the seam allowances on the paper pieces that didn't get used in the muslin (facings, etc.).
- Secondly, be careful not to distort your muslin as you're working with it. Don't rip basted pieces apart roughly, and when pressing, don't push or pull with the iron, as this might distort the grain.
- If there are spots on your muslin that need reinforcing (like areas that have been clipped), you can iron on a backing of fusible interfacing as needed.
- You can either use all of your muslin pieces for a single-layer cutting layout, or you can use only half of the muslin for a regular double-layer layout. A single layer layout is really nice for difficult fabrics, but you might not need it for an easy-to-cut wool.
Hope your cutting is going well. I'm looking forward to putting some tutorials together for you this weekend!