The first time I sewed sleeves on my muslin, everything was all wrong - too tight, pulling the bodice out of alignment, completely wrong. Several months later, I tried it again, but didn't know what to do differently. To remind myself of all the problems, I carefully sewed on the sleeve. It fits. I'm not completely happy with the sleeve cap, but that's primarily aesthetics and I'm have no clue what to change to make it lie flat. At least I have a woven sleeve pattern that does fit. As for why it didn't fit the first time, all I can figure out is that I sewed the back of the sleeve to the front of the bodice. I cut out a second sleeve to check the fit with two sleeves on the bodice, but forgot to flip the pattern over, and then was too tired to cut a new sleeve, so I'm still waiting on that step.
I also have spent the past few weeks using adjusting the knit shirt patterns so that the armholes and sleeve caps are better shaped. I know have patterns for a fitted T, a shaped T, a loose T, and a camisole. I haven't sewn up the latter two, but feel confident they will fit because I've made so many of the first two
Hi! I live in Virginia. My mom taught me to sew. I think I started at 4 or 5 by sewing buttons onto a handkerchief, but don't trust my memory. That was a long time ago. As a teenager, I was more interested in completing projects than learning good sewing techniques. Now, I am teaching myself some things I missed. My sewing interests are in learning to make alterations to and draft patterns to fit my petite 4'11" tall, 32" chest, 45" hip body.