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My week has been a busy one, full of kids, friends, sewing, creating and meeting up with other crafty ladies yesterday for some chatter, food, sewing and gift giving. I finally managed to get started on my muslin today and all started off well until I got to the collar and my mind fell to pieces. I think a combination of tiredness and text instructions did it, I’m more of a visual person preferring diagrams with text explanations. The instructions for sewing the collar onto the Jorinde jacket seem different to what I have done before and I just can’t quite grasp how to do it. I decided to take a break and go back to it tomorrow with fresh eyes when I may be able to figure it out otherwise I think I may use the instructions I know work for me and go from there. Thank goodness I didn’t just dive right in and start with my $40 a metre fabric, I’d have been crying into my jacket right now!

If you are sewing along here are some useful links for this stage of the process.

Sew Mama Sew-Making a muslin

Useful info for making a muslin

beSewStylish how to video

Fast Fit: Easy pattern alterations for every figure (book)

Metric Pattern Cutting for women-Winifred Aldrich (book)


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    Jan 19, 2017, 09.19 AMby lucinamaoka1969

    There is no need to harm about it. The only way out is to take it easy. – Morgan Exteriors

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    Nov 25, 2010, 11.42 AMby omgheart

    This was so helpful!

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    Jul 20, 2010, 07.27 PMby jaespence

    If it makes you feel any better, tailoring was torture for me in college (I went to school for apparel design)…. something about the math formula needed to create lapel patterns triggered my math learning disorder (i’ve since figured out it’s anything that works like geometry) & drove me BONKERS. Guess who preferred to work with knits in college? lol. I’m determined to make myself a jacket though, and overcome this fear. I’ll start with a premade pattern & work my way back to creating my own. If you want I can find my patternmaking book & tell you the title…. I remember it being particularly useful.

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    Nov 7, 2009, 08.44 AMby ayunami

    Hey! I seem to have the same problem! lol…

    I am done with my muslin UNTIL the neck area. i am supposed to be attaching the backfacing but somehow it just doesn’t seem right. i guess i need to rest too.

    do post up your progress if you have figured out how to do it. it might be a good learning for me. :)

    all the best!

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