June 27, 2012

Meringue muslin - totally wearable

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I've been working on a Meringue skirt from the Colette sewing handbook (love that book!!). I actually finished it last week and took some pictures, that I wasn't very happy with. So I thought I would take some new ones and then write the post, but now six days have gone by, without taking new photos, so I'll just write the post anyway and put in the photos I have....

My plan was to make a denim Meringue (which I posted about here). The sensible thing is to make a muslin first, even though I'm figuring out that my Colette-size is US16, so I found a piece of fabric in my stash wchich is really sweet, medium-weight cotton in cream and light blue stripes, very similar to the Meringue in the sewing handbook.

First I thought that I would make it size 16 at the waist and 14 at the hips, but I decided to try a straight size 16, which turned out perfect! The only alteration I had to do, was to narrow the seam allowance at the waist into half.

There's a hem lining for the scalloped hem, according to the instructions you should attach the top of the lining to the skirt using blind hem stitching. I just couldn't be bothered by doing it by hand or figuring out how it worked on the sewing machine, wish I had had this great tutorial by Sarai at hand, so I resorted to fusible hem tape, which worked just fine. But it sure felt a bit like cheating... Well, it's "just" a muslin... :)

For the photos, I was also wearing my Midsummer Burda blouse, maybe not the greatest match...

(Excuse the massive pile of clothes on the right... :))

I didn't have a white invisible zipper, so I just did a centered zipper.

 The adorable scalloped hem!

I'm very happy with this muslin and the pattern for sure. BTW, according to mum, who bought the fabric, it's from IKEA!

For my next version I will make two alterations:
1. Add 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) to the length, and I'll feel more comfortable.
2. Make FBA. NO, not a Full Bust Adjustment, but a Flat Butt Adjustment :), i.e. lengthening the back darts. My behind is quite flat which made the back darts stand out a bit, so i will adjust that next time.

OK, time to spend some time with my kids before bedtime.

Bye for now,



  1. Pretty fabric and nice skirt. I'm making a Beignet at present, also from Ikea fabric!

    1. Ooh, the Beignet, that one is so cute too. I've been thinking about maiking it, put is put of by all the button holes... I have to go check out your blog to see it finished soon.
      Also thanks for your nice comment. :)

  2. Lovely fabric choice and what a cute pattern it is! I've just ordered my Colette Sewing handbook and can't wait to get started!

    1. Oh, lucky you! That book is so great, I love it! A read it cover to cover when I got it. Sarai is so talented, not only with patterns, but at writing too.

      Good luck! (with deciding which pattern to sew first) :)

  3. Love the skirt Johanna, I saw that cute pattern on Sarai's page! I'm hoping to get that book and Gertie's too when it comes out this fall!