How do you do it?

Friday, May 3

I have been trying to take pictures of my Elisalex dress muslin, and I am making a right pork pie out of it. How do other people take such amazing self portraits?

Anyway, I am in the process of making the Elisalex dress. First muslin coming up:

So far so good. The bodice front fits ok. I have not made any adjustments yet, but I have a feeling the back might be a bit dodgy. I tried taking pictures to show what I mean, but of course, I'm not that skilled. I feel it gaps abit at the back. Did anyone else have that problem? Or is it just me?

For the skirt I cut a 14, but then realised I was being overly optimistic about my sizing. I think I might be a 16 for the skirt. Oh well, I need to adjust that, or just go with the gathered skirt. The only reason I made a skirt with this muslin was because I thought the bodice was too short. It is actually ok. Sits exactly on my natural waist, which is a first for me.

I don't know which fabric to use yet. Most of the suitable fabric I have are only 2mts, so a trip to Goldhawk road might just be what I need.

And now, for your eyes only, exhibit A, of my muslin documentation.....See what I go through for this blog?


  1. Tripod or gorilla pod helps. Too bad it's just a muslin, cause that is really cute fabric!

  2. Dibo you go kill me with laugh. You di try though, sorryseh a no fit help you with this one. A nova sucsucceed for take my own pic before. That one weh you put camara over your head is priceless.

  3. You are seriously cute! And hope you can wear the muslin as a dress because the fabric is fabulous.

  4. Dibs, you are so funny :) Try using a tripod and the self-timer. I had the same problems until I learned how the self-timer worked. Can't help with the dress, I don't know the pattern, but it looks fine to me

  5. Haha! You're great!
    I love it in that print, it looks better than a muslin to me!
    I had gaps at the front, sort of by each armhole, but it was ok at the back so I can't help I'm afraid! I was also worried about the bodice being too short, it seemed so small when I was making it up, but like you it sits perfectly on my waist

  6. :-) you make me laugh. that last pic is the cutest thing EVER.
    tripod & self-timer or remote which Im still trying to get sorted myself!
    love this fabric!!

  7. The last photo really made me laugh, aww bless you! I use a tripod it was only £11 off amazon and i use either the self timer or the remote control to take pics!
    That's really nice fabric you've used for the muslin!

  8. XD Nice! Tripod + timer. Or a pile of cereal boxes (Uni reference books work best) and the auto-timer function on your camera.

  9. I will gave the advice than the other, try an tripod. I bought on from amazon and it's really great.
    Your muslin is really cute, I don't see any dodginess in the back but maybe you have to do a swayback adjusment. Will you put the sleeves ?

  10. Haha, yes! I just started taking self "portraits" for MMM13 and it's so difficult; don't know how people do it. I like the muslin fabric, by the way.

  11. I love this! I hope you finish it because the print is so cool! It looks like it fits really well! I often ask the mister to take a cell phone pic of the back for me so I can see if it's gaping or not because if I just ask him to tell me, he always says it looks fine, even if it's crazy not fitting.

  12. I love this dress Dibs, I have the same problem as you finding someone to take photos who is actually interested in doing so is not easy. I never thought of putting a camera on my head must try it sometime.

  13. That fabric is lovely - I hope this is going to be a wearable muslin! Due to Me-Made-May I've been feeling your photography woes! I was just thinking today how useful it would be if there was a photography buddy system for sewers which could end impossibly hard self portraits, shall I sign you up ;)

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