I was perusing the internet and found a free pattern for a Japanese-style wraparound dress on the Bernina website.
I thought it was adorable, and downloaded the pattern immediately. I immediately started making it, cutting out the smallest size as per my normal habit. I was hoping for a “wearable muslin”, and started with some slinky red satin I had gotten on sale. Since this pattern has raglan-style sleeves, I couldn’t really try the fit until it was almost done. Once I got the sleeves on, I noticed two things. The collar didn’t come together, but more importantly, for the first time ever, it was too small! Darn German pattern! LOL So, I went to the store, picked up some random inexpensive fabric to do another muslin, this time following the sizing chart making one 2 sizes up. That one fit, although the collar still didn’t come together. I really disliked the fabric I made the second muslin out of so there’s no way that’s seeing the light of day. Fast forward a couple weeks and I found myself in Hancock touching this pretty sheer floral chiffon of white, yellows, and pinks, and not to far from it was a yellow lining fabric (all on sale, of course!) It had to be mine and this pattern was perfect. The collar still didn’t come together, but who cares? I rounded it off, and called it a day.