Sewaholic Minoru Muslin/Sweater-dress + FBA

I find myself with a bit of a problem. Whilst my brain knows that making a muslin is not a waste of fabric I seem to be physically incapable of disposing of one once it’s made.

Which goes a little way to explaining this odd sweater/dress hybrid.

I want to make an all-weather version of Sewaholic’s latest pretty and practical pattern – the Minoru Jacket. Tasia’s sew-a-long begins in earnest in January but I thought I’d get a head start on the muslin being that it usually causes much feet dragging. I had some double-knit which would work and really I just wanted to check that the full-bust adjustment would work okay on the dartless bodice.

Here’s how it went:

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ETA: On regular version add the length created at Line 3 to the front placket and zip, too.

 It worked just fine and I now know when it comes to making the real version I’ll need a 34in separating zipper not a 32in due to the additional length from the FBA.

Still I didn’t want to waste a zipper I can’t really afford on a muslin so I thought to myself… what would happen if I cut the front on a fold (adding in the width of the button placket)? Answer is… a Sweater-Dress. It’s very comfortable despite being unlined and the fact I messed the collar up royally. I didn’t notice the front placket went up to the top of the collar so I forgot to add the additional length and then I went and sewed it on backwards. Oh well, good thing it’s just a knock-around for home.

 The pattern itself is so lovely to sew, and now I have my alterations all done I can’t wait for January.


  • readythreadsew November 29, 2011

    That’s a really cute, and very comfy looking, top. Doing an FBA is one of those things that I really must learn to do and your tutorial looks great.


  • Suzy November 30, 2011

    I really like the look of the extra gathers at the top – I’m planning on ordering the pattern this week and have been wondering how to go about the FBA, but yours looks great, and the elastic really makes a difference to the waist definition.
    What material are you planning on making the real version out of? I’ve been tossing up between a double knit or maybe a bright blue linen I have stashed.

    • lazystitcher November 30, 2011

      Something water-resistant hopefully! It’ll come down to price I think 🙂 I’m a bit of a double-knit addict because it’s just so nice to sew so I’m biased but linen would be nice and light-weight which could be handy in the Australian heat

  • ms. modiste November 30, 2011

    This is adorable!!

  • Allie November 30, 2011

    Wow! That’s an awesome way to do a muslin! Thanks for the FBA tutorial, too.

  • kaitui_kiwi November 30, 2011

    Wow, it looks amazing as a sweater dress! I’d never have thought to try the pattern like that and get something comfy to relax in as well, nice work 🙂

  • 3hourspast November 30, 2011

    You did a great job altering the pattern and maintaining the integrity of the design. Nice! I love wearable muslins, sometimes they end up as favorite garments.

  • Brumby November 30, 2011

    I think its great that your brain thinks economically and environmentally, there is no need to waste money or materials,and the proof is in this post! Yay, it is a great jacket, and now a dress you will no doubt get plenty of wear from too!

  • mujerboricua November 30, 2011

    Too effin’ awesome! I love how you were able to transform a jacket pattern into a lush sweater. I wish my brain could think that way.

  • CarmencitaB November 30, 2011

    Great job! It looks so warm!

  • Vicki Kate November 30, 2011

    Ooh, converting the dart to extra gathers is a brilliant idea! Something that didn’t even occur to me, food for thought. Your top looks snugly, I love the funnel type collar even if it didn’t quite go to plan!

  • Nikki December 02, 2011

    Great job! Glad the muslin turned out so well it’s possible to wear! I’ve made one muslin and really hated throwing it!

  • Anna December 16, 2011

    I bought this pattern when it was first released but have been totally stressing about doing a FBA on it (especially since I have never done an FBA) but your tute makes it so clear and easy to follow and understand – I can’t wait to get started!!!
    THANKS! 🙂

  • noreen January 08, 2012

    thanks so much for the FBA tutorial – I am looking forward to sewing along with this jacket!

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