An Expensive Muslin

There are no words for how badly I would like to have the two new Hot Patterns. I desperately HEART this bag and the dress is just too cute for words. But, I own 10 of their patterns (Um, Trudy and Jeremy. You might want to leave me off the mailing list the next time you do a buy-one-get-one-free)  and have only made up one (albeit twice). So, I told myself if I whipped through a few this fall I was totally entitled to buy the new ones!

Where did that dressform come from? It was from my whirlwind weekend to DC, Philly and Jersey. But, more on that tomorrow. I made up the Portobello Road Shearling Coat. I’m calling it my expensive muslin. I bought this fabric from FabricMart and it was not love at first sight. I decided to use this for muslining this coat after Trudy e-mailed me special to make sure I used a thick fleece weight fabric for my muslin.  And, if I had made it in the size that the pattern *says* I am, would have likely been all  but perfect. But, noooooo. I thought I knew more than the pattern and went TWO sizes smaller. Sigh.

I’ll be honest, I did not and do not know how the collar is supposed to assemble. And, I didn’t spend a great deal of time on it because I knew this was my expensive muslin. Other than changes for my body, I must recommend that you perhaps go with a 3/8 vs 5/8 seams allowance. Why? Because I think the sherpa showing is a touch thick. I would also recommend you remove ease from the sleeve cap. I had to take out two inches (below) to get the sleeves on this pile of fuzzy vinyl to ease in. And, for my fabric, I found the cut of the back skirt too ‘full’ and would straighten out the curve in the back seam.

Am I going to make it up soon? Sadly, no. I have a piece of fabric that is perfect and gorgeous (denim backed sherpa from PR Portland 2009)  but I’m still holding out hope that it’ll still become a motorcycle jacket. But, I totally think this counts towards me being able to buy the new Hot Patterns.


  1. Well, it is good you made a muslin!! Jalie has been my pattern downfall of late! Patternreview has had them on sale and they get me with the free shipping if you buy a certain amount. I do not need any more patterns of any brand right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. wait, you said you have to make up a “few” this Fall before buying more! this is just one:)

  3. If I waited until I sewed a ‘few’, I’d never buy any more.
    The muslin looks promising. I think you deserve a couple new patterns 🙂

  4. Yes – making this muslin TOTALLY counts toward getting the new HotPatterns. If people don’t buy them, how will they be able to make any new ones?? 🙂

  5. I am loving the look of that! Hopefully you’ll find the perfect fabric to make the real thing. Agreed the seam allowances need to be narrower; that’s something that should have been taken care of in drafting, I think.

  6. I agree with the other gals – you definitely deserve some new patterns! I agree with you about the seam allowances, narrower would be better.

  7. This muslin is definitely enough work to justify a new pattern or two. Why justify anyway? You will surely put them to good use.

  8. This is totally unrelated to your current posting, and if I were more computer savvy (I did try to “search” this) I could find on my own. I was trying to find your posting of a newsboy cap you made (quite a while ago, I think). Is it possible that you could guide me to that; or maybe you remember what the pattern was. Only if it’s easy. Thanks.

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