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Unread 02-05-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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What have you used for mock-up fabric?

I need to make some adjusts to a pattern before I use it with my costume fabric. Unfortunately, we don't have a fabric shop around here anymore (or at least not one I've found quite yet) and so muslin is out.

In a pinch, what have you folks used for a mock-up? I'm considering getting some old bedsheets from a thrift store or even some cheap ones on sale to use and abuse.
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Anything that's cheap and is similar in weight and drape to your costume fabric will be fine.
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Unread 02-05-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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I went Gone with the Wind-style. Hit up goodwill for the curtains!
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I went Gone with the Wind-style. Hit up goodwill for the curtains!
Gah, I never thought of curtains! Fantastic idea
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Unread 02-05-2008, 10:42 PM   #5
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I ditto Sarcasm-hime. Go to Wal-mart's $1 or $2 table to find something, usually garish.

Also, make sure your "muslin" fabric is the same type of material. I had a HORRIBLE time with a knit material when I needed a woven. (It looked and FELT like a woven when I chose it, but I didn't notice until I was cursing it for not working right!)

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I have once or twice used newsprint/newspaper. This is more for making the pattern pieces themselves tho.
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Unread 02-05-2008, 10:59 PM   #7
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I ditto Sarcasm-hime. Go to Wal-mart's $1 or $2 table to find something, usually garish.

Also, make sure your "muslin" fabric is the same type of material. I had a HORRIBLE time with a knit material when I needed a woven. (It looked and FELT like a woven when I chose it, but I didn't notice until I was cursing it for not working right!)

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Unfortunately, our Walmart no longer has a fabric section. Apparently some Walmarts are phasing them out in areas where the sewing department didn't do as much business.
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Unread 02-05-2008, 11:42 PM   #8
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I have used paper towels taped together.
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Unread 02-06-2008, 06:14 AM   #9
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I have used paper towels taped together.
LOL! That's a new one on me and I thought that I knew every cheap trick in the book!

Something else you can do is reinforce the curves of your paper pattern with some fusible interfacing then clip them, then pin the pieces together and see how things fit. It's not as good as a "muslin" but it's quick and generally good enough if what you're making is not too fitted.
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Unread 02-06-2008, 01:22 PM   #10
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Unfortunately, our Walmart no longer has a fabric section. Apparently some Walmarts are phasing them out in areas where the sewing department didn't do as much business.
Sacrilege!!! I've *NEVER* been to a Wal-mart without a fabric table!

Hmmm... Well, if you're just looking for cheap material to use as your muslin, you might try some thrift stores, or maybe a craft-market (like a consignment shop, but for crafts)... Don't just think about yardage on bolts, though. I've thought about cutting down a couple of my husband's shirts (I'll never get around to it though...), so if you can find large enough clothing in a thrift store, that might help.

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Unread 02-06-2008, 05:13 PM   #11
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I went Gone with the Wind-style. Hit up goodwill for the curtains!
Duvet covers and bedsheets are also good. ^^
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Unread 11-21-2012, 10:00 AM   #13
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Any scraps left from previous projects works too. I often purposely over-estimate my yardage (better to have too much than to run out at a crucial deadline), so I usually have half yards of random fabric stacked up for small projects, trims, or just playing around with.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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I usually buy old sheet sets, or I use scraps left from prior projects.
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Unread 11-22-2012, 08:53 AM   #15
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I'm old, I've been collecting fabric in earnest since about age 14, once you reach this point you no longer have to wonder what to use (because you already have it) but only where it is.
Start organizing your fabrics now. Sort by type, size & color in that order. That way you can always go to your cheap stuff easily for practice & unseen elements like facings or linings. Hanging file folders work surprisingly well, large file folder plastic bins can be bought at Walmart or similar places and are well suited to storing fabric. Keep a lavender sachet in any bins of natural fiber fabrics to keep moths at bay.
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