I just drew up a back and front pattern piece according to my own measurements. This time I reduced the front dart (the one going down towards the hemline) by half and drew a second dart into the side seamline. I want to know what it looks like when you use two darts. My template top relied on just the one dart into the side seam and I had no luck improving the fit of this top so far. Frustrating.
I made up a muslin from my measurements before but I didn't draw the pieces further down than the waist measurement. Because I get such a funny curve at the back (Yep, I have a swayback. Darn.) I can't quite imagine what it will look like when I just extend the length a bit and disregard the curved waistline.
I will presumably have to do a swayback adjustment.
For now I'll just cut this out in an old fabric (why did I ever think that a shade that's an unhappy mix of tomato and salmon would look good on me? What was wrong with me?) - and put it through its paces to give it a go: there's nothing better than doing for learning.
I just wish I felt a bit less aggrieved about having to mark darts - it's a job I thoroughly dislike. That's the reason why I didn't get further on this and why I'm blogging about it rather than sewing...
I think that the front piece looks so much longer than the back piece in that first photo because I didn't cut the paper off at the bottom. On the other hand I'm not really, completely, absolutely sure about that.
I did hold the side seams against each other, they're both the same length. That's got to count for something?