Waist - 27
Hem - 33"
Center Back length - 22"
Bicep - 10"
Sleeve length - 6.25"
Depth of neckline - 5.5"
I compared these to my pattern to determine the needed alterations. Here you can see a fine example of negative ease, as these measurements are approximately 4" smaller in circumference then me, yet the fabric stretches to fit. The sports bra helps as well. lol
To cut the correct angle on my binding strip, which causes it to lay flat at the center front. I mark my stitch line with chalk, place my pattern piece matching my cut line on the pattern to the stitch line on the binding, and then cut the binding parallel to the center front fold line. Now cut the opposing end of the binding to match.
Before I can sew my binding in I mark the stitch line with chalk at the center front. This cross mark is where I will need to pin the point of my binding at the stitch line. I also mark the center back of my neck as well as the binding. With right sides together I begin sewing at the center back and work my way around pivoting at the center front cross mark. I need to snip in with my scissors once I reach this point to prevent catching any tucks on my shirt.
To do my top stitching I return to a normal straight stitch with the length set at 2. I like to use my #5 foot which has this guide running down the center. I move my needle position all the way to the left and stitch with the edge of the seam against the guide. My seam allowance is laying underneath and to the left.
Next I will set in the sleeves and add some fun, so stay tuned.