So I took a class on Craftsy, called Plus Size Pattern Fitting and Design. The sample for the class is Vogue v8815. This is a fitted jewel neck top with a peplum. The instructor, Barbara Deckert suggests skipping the muslin and instead using a basted fitting. I think that personally I need too many adjustments to do this, and at least for now will make muslins where possible.
I finished my sample for the class, but I can't get a modeled photo, because I can't lift my arms in the thing. The main reason for this, I believe, is because the sleeves are too tight. I added a gusset to each sleeve after my fitting, but I guess it was not enough. So I declared this top to be my muslin and set out to make adjustments to make a new muslin. This time I put the opening in the front so I could pin it closed more easily. I slashed the sleeve pattern in both directions and spread the pattern to get the room I needed.
The sleeve piece turned into such a frankenpattern, that I decided to have a stab at drafting my own sleeve from scratch. The process made me feel like a sewing rockstar. The truth is though, when I was done I had nearly the same sleeve as my frankensleeve!
I basted up my muslin, and holy cow! It is amazing how much better the entire blouse will be now that the sleeve fits. So now I am ready to cut out the blouse and my skirt from my navy with white polka dot voile, which I will line for the skirt and underline for the blouse.
On a knitting note- I picked up my Mindy sweater to work on last night, and guess what I am knitting now? That's right, the sleeve!