Welcome to the first proper post in my McCall's 7684 sewalong! Today I'll be going over the important first steps in making any dress: determining your size and fitting a bodice muslin. I have a lot of ground to cover, so I'm going to start with a little FAQ and then later this week, I'll walk you through my process for this project in particular. I've been working on my muslin and it's looking good!

What are your measurements?
I am currently about 34" bust, 27-28" waist, 39" hip and 5'7". (Are we body twins? Let me know!)

How do you choose what size to start with? 
If I had to give new sewers one piece of advice, it would be: Ignore the body measurements on the back flap of the pattern and use the completed garment measurements! I love love love sewing with "Big 4" patterns--that's Butterick, McCalls, Vogue, Simplicity--but a lot of people complain... [read more]