Sewing this past weekend consisted of sewing 2 muslins and then cutting a second one for my dress and sewing it. This from a woman who usually tissue fits. I always think that it will take so much time, but honestly, I have perfected the art of quick and dirty muslin sewing. No hems, so facings and I try and keep a bolt of muslin, one of the only things I buy at Joann's with a coupon of course. I know that lots of people make 'wearable' muslins, but that has always been an oxymoron to me or an expensive muslin if it doesn't work out. The other thing is that I would never spend that much time on cheap fabric. I like to be able to draw on my muslin with a sharpie. I like to mark the center front, the cross grain and the waist so that I can see it in the mirror when I fit. The plain light color of the muslin is helpful in seeing the wrinkles that point to fitting problems.
So why did I choose to sew a muslin for my jacket, which I had already tissue fit, and my dress, which I also had tissue fit? I wasn't sure about either of the styles and I wanted to have the least amount of ripping and adjusting when I sewed the good stuff. I usually sew jackets with princess seams, but they tend to be more fitted than I wanted for this jacket and I've never sewn a jacket like this before.
My upper bust measurement is just a bit more than the full bust of the size 40. I blended it out to a 42 by the bust line. It's easier to get a nice line when I blend it out for the hip, where I need a 46 or a bit more depending the ease.
The dress, now that needed two muslins to get a good fit. I'll get to that in my next post. I want to take some photos first.
I also did some thinking and research over the weekend on Passover menus and recipes. How about gluten free, vegetarian. Lactose free would be helpful too. I have a number of Passover cookbooks, but I found a mother lode of information on line. Google Gluten free, vegetarian Passover main dishes and there are a ton of recipes available. Very cool, but I still love to read my cookbooks, or novels as my dh calls them.
Edited to add that only two of the guests are vegetarian. Two are gluten free and one, myself, is lactose intolerant. We are having a meat main dish, but I wanted to have good food for the vegetarians too. It is certainly doable. I am leaning towards a vegetable curry and a quinoa pilaf. But there will be no gluten free matzoh. It's disgusting, and at $28, at least the year my dh was diagnosed, not worth it since he had one piece and we threw out the rest.
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