A few months ago I purchased the collaborative pattern of Karen LePage and Alison Glass, Knit Essentials. To say that this is a great basic sewing pattern is an understatement! In one pattern they included instructions for making a knit "muslin" to get the best fit. The pattern continues to tell you how to use this muslin and get the best fit to make a dress, a t-shirt, a tank top, a knit skirt, and a knit and cotton tunic top. There are also sleeve and hem length variables and several ways to finsih the necklines and hemlines.
I bought some of Alison's basic knit fabric to make my muslin. I didn't follow the instructions completely because I wanted it to be a wearable muslin, so I played with the back waist adjustment and pretty much got it right, without wasting the gorgous knit fabric.
Being that I am pear shaped, I followed the instruction which suggested using your upper bust measurement when cutting the pattern top, to get the best fit through the shoulders and arm holes. I then graded to my waist and hip sizes when cutting out the dress.
I am so very pleased with the fit of this dress.
My favorite part of the dress is the fun and flirty ruffled detail at the hemline. It's a ruffle that even this 64 year old can wear without looking juvenile. I love it!
I will be using this pattern as a baseline pattern to check the fit on all my knit projects.
Now I need to order her Woven Essentials pattern.