Muslins and Fittings
After I have a paper pattern ready, I can use those shapes to cut out a muslin, which is a rough draft of the final garment. I use fabric that has similar body and behavior to the real fabric I will use in the final garment. Then I try that muslin on a fit model and take notes on how I want to change the garment, so it will fit better, or so I will like the design more. Fittings can involve a lot of pinning, cutting and marking. After a fitting a muslin can look like a wreck. The marks, pins and notes I make during a fitting give me the information I need on how to change the pattern before I cut the next muslin. In theory, each muslin should look better and better. When I like a muslin enough, I can call the pattern finished, and prepare for grading, marking, cutting and sewing.
Muslin for the "Wrapper Dress"