I'm rarely sew clothing and success when doing so is elusive, but a few weeks ago, when JCasa posted a free pattern for a boatneck shirt I gave it a try.
I made a muslin (a practice shirt) and it was pretty easy to stitch up, but when I put on the muslin, it was totally unflattering. I just don't have the right body type for it.
This is a picture from the pattern.
My mom, by the way, has a short torso, so she's about 1 inch shorter than me when we are standing at about 4 inches shorter than me when we are sitting. It's hilarious.
Anyway, I must have filed away some of the information gained by trying to make the shirt, because a week later, I realized that I could probably accomplish something that would be flattering if I just changed a few things about the pattern. I decided to try and make a shirt that was halfway between JCasa's Undaunted pattern (pictured above) and this store-bought black shirt which I've owned for a few years.
The result was pretty great if I do say so myself!