It's not a secret - I don't like making muslins. I think they are a waste of time. Even after I made pants that fit as horribly as any pants have ever fit; pants that would have been saved if only I'd made a muslin first; I resisted making a muslin for BWOF 04-07-133. But, people whose sewing skills I admire and respect, advised me to make a muslin for this project. There are 18 little pintucks on the front. Each of the 18 pintucks had to be traced with a tracing wheel and carbon, then thread-traced so the lines would show on the front, then pressed to make a stable fold, and then stitched 1/8 inch from the fold. While making the muslin, I discovered thread tracing by machine wasn't the best option, so I thread-traced 18 pintucks on the actual garment by hand. That's a total of 36 little pintucks - 18 of which will never be seen because they are on the muslin. Just thinking about this ordeal makes me tired all over again. Whew.
I've always known the advantages of making a muslin, but I never liked making them. Yet I'm glad I made this muslin. When I tried it on, I was so relieved that it fit. I had that sense of peace of mind when I started the actual dress so I didn't really mind making the pintucks 18 more times. (Well, maybe I minded just a little.) While I don't allow myself to get overly upset about wasting fabric on a failed project, if I'd had another fitting disaster with this dress, after all those time-consuming little pintucks, I may have lost my mind (up in here). So, I'm working to change my attitude about muslins. I won't lie and say I'm going to make a muslin for every project. But, if there is any doubt about the fit of the finished garment or if there is a potentially tricky design detail, I'll grit my teeth and just make the darn muslin.