Have you already worked on a real masterpiece? Maybe a blouse tailored to your measurements or a body-hugging dress? Then you’ve probably sewn a muslin piece.
This is the name given to an experimental piece where the main aim is to check the fit of the pattern and bring it into harmony with your own figure. It’s time-consuming to put in an extra round, but it’s worth it.
You don’t need extremely high-quality fabric for this kind of test run, of course. But since the made-to-measure pieces are usually made of woven fabric, a simple Calico is usually enough. Calico is the name given to a cotton fabric in plain weave, which does not require a lot of chichi and ballyhoo. (Calico is a variation of the name of an Indian city where the material typically came from in earlier centuries, but that’s just by the by).
‘Our’ Muslin Fabric or Moulure (that’s the French word for it) is a cotton calico. We stock it in an unbleached and a bleached version.
Ideally, the fabric should be similar in weight and touch to the later ‘good’ fabric. At 140g/m2, this muslin fabric is well suited for blouses and dresses. We also stock this quality in pure white.
In addition, we have a test fabric for heavier projects with a square metre weight of 230g for blazers, skirts and trousers.