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Choose the Best Size for Fitting a Muslin | Video

When you begin the pants-fitting process, select the best size for the muslin test garment.

Jul 17, 2018

Many women find it difficult to fit pants for a flattering, comfortable look. In this video series, fit expert Sarah Veblen shares her method for fitting a slacks-style test garment, which can then be used as a master pattern for nearly any pants style you prefer. Sarah explains the benefits of her method, shows how to select an appropriate pattern shape and style to fit, and how to choose the right starting size. She then demonstrates the fitting process on two models with different body types, so you’ll see her address some of the most common fitting issues. Finally, Sarah offers a special tip for fitting the back crotch curve, one of the trickiest areas on pants to resolve. You’ll learn how to evaluate fit based on grainlines and horizontal balance lines, how to pin or release fabric for a customized fit, and how to transfer these changes from the test garment, or muslin, to the pattern.  

When you begin the pants-fitting process, it’s important to select the best size for the muslin test garment. Even if you follow the measurements listed on the pattern, you may discover that you have inadequate ease to make the adjustments you need. For the must successful fitting, start with a muslin that gives you room to manipulate the fabric. Fitting expert Sarah Veblen explains how to evaluate a muslin to determine whether it offers sufficient ease for fitting. She shows a model in two different pant sizes, and demonstrates how she chooses the right size for fitting. Hint: It’s not necessarily the one that looks “best” at first glance. Other videos in this series: Introduction to Pants Fitting Pants Patterns Compared Pants Fitting, Example 1 Pants Fitting, Example 2 | Video A Tip for Fitting the Back Crotch Curve | Video

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Many women find it difficult to fit pants for a flattering, comfortable look. In this video series, fit expert Sarah Veblen shares her method for fitting a slacks-style test garment, which can then be used as a master pattern for nearly any pants style you prefer. Sarah explains the benefits of her method, shows how to select an appropriate pattern shape and style to fit, and how to choose the right starting size. She then…

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