Puppy Dress: The Muslin

I’m using Burda 7378 for the Puppy Dress, as I’ve taken to calling it. I haven’t had a lot of time to sew this week, but I have stolen 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there, and the muslin is complete. Well, the first muslin is complete. Here are some pictures.

Burda 7378 Muslin Front
Full frontal
Burda 7378 Muslin Front Closeup
Detail showing where the neckline needs to be adjusted, along with markings for FBA
Burda 7378 Muslin Front Detail
Another detail shot of the changes needing to be made to the front bodice
Burda 7378 Muslin Back Detail
And the back, with back neckline darts added

I’ve tried it on, and it looks nice. But that’s about all. It needs several adjustments, including a slight FBA, tucks in the pattern at the neckline, and the addition of neckline darts in the back. And with all that, it will fit well. But the pleats at the center front of the empire skirt give me pause. The cotton muslin is, of course, much heavier and stiffer than the silk crepe de chine. But I want to think about whether I like the silhouette enough, or if it’s something that would make me think, “Pregnant!”

And let’s face it, pregnant at my age? Not a good look at all. I may try converting the pleats to darts and see what I think of that. I do like the lines of the dress in general, but it may not be what I want for this fabric. And that, my dears, is why I do muslins! I’d rather figure it out before hand than have to deal with the heartbreak of a dress that I’ll never wear, don’t you agree?

More to come this weekend. In the meantime,
Happy Sewing!

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5 thoughts on “Puppy Dress: The Muslin”

  1. I often have to make adjustments on the back neckline but had not considerered darts.

    As to the pleats… Have you considered lowering them to the natural waist or just slightly above? Could be an option.

    1. I have considered that, Suzanne, and I may try it. If you look carefully at the pencil markings on the muslin (they are pretty faint, so they might be hard to see), my bust point is about an inch below the point for the pattern, so an FBA will lower that. But I do also like the idea of moving all the pleats down to the natural waistline. That will be the second muslin. Thanks! -Ann

  2. I definitely admire your dedicated muslin making. 🙂 Have you looked at any other pattern options? You don’t sound totally on board with this one. The models in the Burda photo don’t look pregnant at all, FWIW, and I’m sure your silk will drape and flow just as much.

  3. The pattern looks interesting. Looking at the muslin, I can see reason for doubt as well a the reason for muslins, which I firmly support, even knowing the silk will drape and flow far better. I hope you keep us updated on the process and your decision.

  4. Hi Ann,
    I just had to “chime in” with my feelings about this Burda pattern for your darling doggie print dress. Like you, I have a “love-hate” relationship with Burda and I’m thinking in this case for you….nope! This particular style will hide your gorgeous body and you don’t need anything baggy and having to make so many adjustments for an “eh?” look. If this were me, I’d make up a Style Arc cute sheath-style dress. Would be so much better…just saying 🙂
    Hugs to you and thanks for your inspiration 🙂

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