Lets sew up this puppy!
Start at the shoulder seam and sew towards the middle. Flip and do the other side neck edge the same.
Please don't skip this step, it helps keep the bias of the neck stable when you attach the neck binding.
Whilst your machine is set to a big stitch, gather between the notches on the centre lower back panel and sew the easing stitches on the shoulders, again, between the notches.
Fold the fabric right side together and pin the dart making sure the pin goes through the chalk line on both sides.
I then top stitched my dart a la Puppet Show.
Knot the end of the gathering threads and then you can safely ease the threads.
You may have to stretch this to fit, match the notches and you will be fine!
Then press the seam towards the centre back panel and topstitch.
I find a scrap of iron of interfacing is great here to help stabilise the seam.
Press the seam towards the front piece and top stitch.
Let this cool.
Pin the centre front, back and shoulder seams first and then ease the neck band in place.
You may have to stretch the band and/or the neck to get it to fit, that is okay, its bias for a reason.
Trim the seam a bees' whisker taking care not to snip the bias.
Let it cool.
Sew, press and neaten the seam.
Press again with a good steamy iron to give it a good shape.
Let it cool.
Press and then clip into the underarm seams to reduce bulk.
And you are done Baby-baby!
How does it fit?
Very well thank you very much.
No pulling at my shoulders.
But it still has delicate shaping.
So comfy but I still feel very snappy.
Room to breath.
But not sloppy.
I think I have a new favourite top.