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amapola | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello, I need help. ReadMs.Sauer’s article on muslin. I tried it on a vest pattern I am

presently making. My question: Do I have to make changes on the paper pattern or can I just cut the fashion fabric from the muslin and leave the paper pattern alone.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Amapola



  1. sueb | | #1

    I cut my patterns directly from my muslin.


    1. amapola | | #3

      Thank you for your help. I' new at this. Amapola

  2. mimi | | #2

    amapola:  I have cut from the muslin after I spray it with starch to stiffen it.  Using weights to place the muslin helps too. 

    I have also made pattern pieces on brown craft paper from muslins when cutting the final fabric for wedding dresses.  This way I can make notes on the pattern and not have to refer to my notebooks.


    1. amapola | | #4

      Thank you for the great hints. Amapola

  3. mem | | #5

    As well as paper you can use aView Image stiffish vieline which is good for writing instruction on and is tougher and more pinable than paper. Its often quite cheap and can then be put in a plastic envelope with your original pattern . I do this along with any variations in necklines etc and the I end up with a whole variety of options for which I can use the same back, sleeves etc.

  4. carolfresia | | #6


    You can use the muslin as a pattern, but be aware that sometimes, during the muslin fitting stage, the muslin itself can get a bit distorted or stretched out of shape. If you think that's the case, you might be better off taking the time to transfer your changes and adjustments to a paper pattern.

    As a person who likes to eliminate steps when they're not necessary, I personally try to use the muslin whenever possible. If I'm going to need to true up some seamlines and cutting lines, though, it's back to the paper pattern.


    1. KarenW | | #7

      I was going to issue the same caution as Carol about the muslin stretching... I sure do like the way it "hugs" the fashion fabric though (depending on what fabric you're using), I've had it stay right in place and didn't need any pins or weights. Another thing I've done rather than retracing a pattern from the muslin or transferring the changes is to fuse the muslin with an inexpensive non stretch interfacing as soon as I'm done fitting it to keep it from stretching or shifting, then you can use it safely for a pattern over and over.


      1. amapola | | #8

        Hello, Thank you for your help. Is it possible to use freezer paper on the muslin ? Amapola

        1. KarenW | | #9

          I've used freezer paper for other things, not for this, but I don't see why not!Karen

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