I was very confused when I tried to determine which size I should cut. Through a bit of research, I found that Sewaholic patterns are designed for a pear-shaped figure. I'm definitely the opposite (broad shoulders and muscle due to weight lifting), so I had to alter the pattern a bit to incorporate a couple sizes. I looked more to the finished measurements than the body measurements for choosing the size, and decided on a size 6 through the shoulders and armhole and a size 4 for the body.
My 'muslin' was made from blue chambray I've had in my stash for years, and I was hoping that my pattern alterations would be good enough to make a wearable garment. I was wrong, oh so very wrong.
So I continued on, making major alterations to the pattern pieces. To fix the armhole gaping, I followed the advice from this blog post by Sew Country Chick, and added to the existing bust dart.
I also smoothed out the curve in the waistline and hips by filling in 1/4" at the waist, beginning below the bust dart, I removed 1/2" from the hip at the hemline and made sure it was straight for about an 1" above the hem and blended up to the waist.
I didn't like all the fabric bunching up on the back, due to my having a rather round posterior, so I added in some back darts for a bit of shaping.
I decided to give myself an option of a sleeve with no cuff, so I just added 1" to the sleeve piece to make a hem.
I'm really terrible at setting in sleeves. I tried crimping them, which I know should technically work, but for some reason my sewing machine just doesn't crimp the fabric well. I was pressing hard with my finger, and it just didn't work. Not sure what I was doing wrong, any suggestions are welcome.
I used quilting fabric for the second muslin, which I know it a hotly debated topic. While this blouse fits, it doesn't hang very well and it seems to just scream homemade. I think the next one will be the winner, and I'll be sure to use some sort of soft and drapey fabric.