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Crescent Skirt Sew-Along: Fitting the Muslin

During the second half of April, I’m sewing along with Tasia at Sewaholic.net. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I are all making her just-released Crescent skirt pattern. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

View C (or B if shortened) in muslin.

My husband and I spent the weekend in Seattle visiting my family, and we’re now getting ready to host a 12-person Mastering the Art of French Cooking-themed dinner party, so there hasn’t been much time to sew of late.  What little time I have had I’ve used to work on the muslin for the Crescent skirt Sew-Along.

I started by making view C since it requires the most fabric.  View B and C are essentially the same skirt in different lengths so I used this one draft to get an idea of the fit for both.  For view C imagine the skirt in the photo above hemmed up 1 1/4″.  For view B imagine the skirt hemmed up 6″ or so.

After snapping a few photos, I ripped the seams apart and recut the fabric to make view A.  There’s much less gathering in this version, and the only suggested length is what you see below, minus 1 1/4″ for the hem.

View A in muslin.

I have yet to cut into the fashion fabric, so please chime in with any thoughts or suggestions.  My current inclination is to let the fabric decide. My fabric guru suggests that the lovely poof of the satin organza will be stunning in the more gathered version of this skirt.

As for the fit, the only place to worry is the waist because the rest of the skirt is so full. And, I think the waist will likely fit just fine as is once the facing and interfacing are in place.  The one thing I’ll need to take care on is to make sure that it sits where I want it to – right on my natural waist.  It’s a little low in the first photo, but I tried a bit harder to get the placement right in the second version.

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