Ok, the last two weeks have been a little complicated (Supplies)(Piecing the pattern)(Pattern Adjustments)…and we haven’t even touched fabric yet! Never fear, we will finally do that today. Get ready to cut out the fabric for your fitting muslin! Cutting out a sewing pattern is a fairly universal process, so if you’ve done this before, just go ahead and do your thing! I’ll just share some of my tips and tricks below.
For this step, you will need:
- Your adjusted (if necessary) Mandarin Shirt pattern pieces
- Fabric for your muslin, washed and prepped
- I bought a plain, non-stretch cotton fabric (similar), as this will not need to be a wearable garment. It will only be used to check the fit and make further adjustments.
- Pattern weights or pins
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- Pencil, tailor’s chalk, or other fabric marking utensil
- I am a HUGE fan of the Pilot Frixion highlighter for fabric marking! It removes with an iron.
- I also caved and used a Crayola washable marker for parts of this….again, not a wearable garment, so removable markings aren’t as important.
Firstly, for your fitting muslin, you don’t technically *need* to use all of the pattern pieces. It would be a good idea to cut out one of every piece so you can practice doing the steps before doing them on your final shirt. But the minimum pieces necessary to check the fit of the garment are: [Read more…]