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Knip mode dress – quick muslin

The dress got priority and tonight I’ve sewn a quick muslin of the top part. It isn’t that difficult, just a lot of pleats to fold before stitching the shoulder seams. As long as you mark all notches carefully, this is easy. I made this in a little over an hour (cutting and sewing).
But…. again I think they didn’t try the pattern before publishing. The right shoulder is ok. It will be difficult to sew the facing  and I would have constructed it a bit different, and will do that when I sew it in fashion fabric. The left shoulder is not good.  In the photo of our queen wearing the dress you can see that the left shoulder is a bit upright, but moves down again in the back.
I found this picture too, where the left shoulder is folded over.
Knip Mode’s version: very high and the edge of the  facing (which of course is not added to this muslin) would be visible and there’s not enough room for folding.
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My enthousiasm for the pattern has gone a bit. I like the right shoulder but would have to redraft the left shoulder part and the neckline. What do you think? Should this be a “normal” shoulder with perhaps one or two pleats. Would it make it more wearable? I know I have to add some space to the body, it’s too tight and the armholes have seam allowances that I did not cut off. With this result it will definitely not be ready before Easter.


  1. Can you pin in a plain shoulder seam on the left or is the fabric as cut too strange to do that? The neckline sort of looks like it might lay ok if you took out some of the extra fabric on that side.

  2. Is the neckline just too wide? The left shoulder seems to be too far over (even taking into account of the seam allowances still there). Try pulling closer to your neck and see what you think. Overall the bodice is looking good.

  3. It will look different depending on the fabric you chose.Overall I think that the design is interesting and worth some fiddling.

  4. What a pity, I was really drawn to this one, and hoping not too much fiddling would be required. Thanks for trying and letting us know!

  5. I like this design and particularly the stand up collar but like Nancy said, every fabric will drape a bit differently with this design. Stick with it. I think it will be wonderful.


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