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riversilt | Posted in General Discussion on

Why do we use muslin when you want to size a pattern to fit the body? 


  1. Rabia | | #1

    Theoretically because it was a cheap, fairly sturdy material with a clear grain. Nowadays, it's NOT so cheap anymore!

  2. Palady | | #2

    Rabia nailed it as for cost of muslin.  The idea is to work through the construction & adjust the fittings.   The following URL will give an idea of why one blogger opted to do muslins.


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    The finished fashion before wearing -


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  3. stillsuesew | | #3

    Because muslin is a fairly stable fabric and light in color, you can mark on it easily and stitch and remove stitches and it will still hold up.  But you can really use anything to try a pattern.  I actually like to use something that is nearer to the final fabric I will use.  A sturdy muslin just doesn't do the same thing when I will be using a flowing sheer.

    1. Ceeayche | | #5

      I use "muslin" as a generic term

      While I agree with the previous posters, about why use muslin fabric, I also agree with "Stillsuesew."  Making a "muslin" out of fabric with a similar hand to the fashion fabric I plan to use has been a lifesaver.  Especially when I go off the range, and ignore the recommendations on the pattern envelope. 

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    artfulenterprises | | #4

    Muslin (if you choose one that is not too densely woven...please) is also easy to pull straight and cross grain threads out of the weave so that grain lines can be easily seen.  This helps you keep your garment well balanced and hanging properly as you adjust the fit while draping or laying out a pattern.

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