Making a muslin means trying out the pattern to check for fit before cutting into your "real" fabric, but a wearable muslin means you hope it turns out well enough to actually be worn! This worked out for me in this case--after making this dress, there were adjustments that I wanted to make before cutting into my Art Gallery fabric, but I will still definitely wear this version!
This fabric was a risk for me. It is a voile, so it was a good choice for the muslin since I would be working with a voile in the real version, but the print is kind of wacky:
It's little bundled-up people, maybe ice skating or something? And the gray/peach/olive/light blue color is not my usual either. But when I saw it at the fabric store I couldn't stop thinking about it, and it was only 100 yen per meter, so I brought it home, not knowing if I would ever use it. I was able to get this whole dress out of just 2 meters (just barely), so if it didn't work out at least it wasn't a big investment!
Anyway, if I'm feeling shy about the print, I can always wear a cardigan:
The dress ties in the back:
But you guys--do NOT skip the recommended stay-stitching on the neckline!
For my final version, I adjusted the bodice so that the seams sit lower on my chest, which I like better. I do love the sleeves in this pattern, which was one of the main reasons I chose it--I have been adding sleeves to everything to get me through the winter, and it seems like most of the patterns I had on hand had pretty blousy sleeves, which didn't look flattering with some of the looser tunic shapes I was trying to add them to. These have plenty of room for movement but a nice slim silhouette, and I really like the banding at the bottom.
In the book I'm currently reading, the main character referred to 3/4 sleeves as "the least flattering sleeve," but I beg to differ! I love 3/4 sleeves!
So, until my featured post on Imagine Gnats on Sunday, this will be my final Selfish Sewing post of Spring 2015! I managed to finish 3 dresses and a top--not bad! Here's a preview of the fabric I chose--it's called Aves Chatter Dim from Bonnie Christine's Winged line for Art Gallery Fabrics:
Spoiler alert--it came out SO GOOD!