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Fitting the Muslin

February 16, 2011

This February I’m sewing along with Male Pattern Boldness and a bunch of other talented seamsters. We’re all making men’s shirts. Mine is for my husband, and here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

The completed muslin draft on my husband. I'm definitely adding length to the real shirt.

I am going to brave the experts in the Sew-Along by posting these photos to the Flickr group.  They’ve seen all of the previous photos I’ve posted here about the Sew-Along, but none have felt as personal as these.

A view of the back of the muslin (ignore the unfinished cuff).

Other than the length, I feel like the fit is actually pretty good, but I’m curious what those with more experience will see.

A close up of the front of the shoulder.

MPB commented on the last muslin photo and suggested that the collar was wider than typical modern-day shirts, which makes sense since the pattern I’m using is from the 70s.  I haven’t decided whether I’ll redraft the collar using a modern shirt as a guide.  The collar on the muslin doesn’t seem to bother my husband, so I might leave it as is for the upcoming linen/silk version of this shirt.

A close up of the back of the shoulder.

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