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Video: Making and Using a Muslin

Nov 02, 2008

Gary Junken

with Sarah Veblen

It’s called a “muslin” because a muslin material is commonly used to create this first sample of your pattern for tailoring, but Sarah Veblen recommends using a fabric that is similar to your fashion fabric to get the same drape and cling while your’e making adjustments to the original design. In this video, Sarah, a Maryland sewing instructor, fashion designer and author, demonstrates marking techniques and explains how to use a muslin to get an exact fit from any pattern.

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  1. kreativelady December 21st

    I have a new lady in my class that wanted me to teach her the art of designing a suit jacket. I planned on using muslin for the draft pattern before I use the material she has chosen for the jacket? I plan on taking apart an old suit jacket and practice. Any advice on this technique would be welcome. Thank you keativelady.

  2. ZenZan February 10th

    thanks. very informative!

  3. RosaAnn May 14th

    One of the easiest set of instructions I have seen in quite a while. I understand why you do what needs to be done. That is important to me. Thank you for taking the time to do it so well.
    Rosa ann

  4. User avater Scheri February 12th

    This is a great video.
    I am so excited that I am taking a class online from you with on linings

    See you online in March!

  5. User avater djspring February 21st

    This is a great video. I am in the process of altering a vintage pattern and this video helped to confirm my work.
    The presenter explains her methods in a very clear and easy manner and provides a few tips that I can use. Thanks for putting it together!

  6. user-1145709 June 19th

    Just finished an online class at with Sarah and signed up for another. She is an excellent teacher.

  7. BGibbs January 15th

    But what happens next? Sarah's last comment is that once a bust dart is put into the side seam it is necessary to true the front pattern piece to increase the side seam length to compensate for the decrease in length caused by the dart.

    How does one do that?

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