Trial and error sewing w/ commercial patterns
How to narrow the shoulders and raise the waist:
Just move the pattern inwards! Rather than aligning the edge of the pattern to the fold, pull it over the edge. I usually go for a little over an inch.
Cut the neck, shoulder, and armhole. Stop.
Because my ribs and waist are not in proportion to my shoulders, I move the pattern back to the normal position of edge aligned to center front fold. Resume cutting the armhole and then down the side.
I didn't take a picture of this, but to raise the waist, you do the same thing. Simply slide your pattern up to the correct position and cut the bottom. For me, I raise it 1/2".
Easy right? Happy sewing!
P.S. Yes, instead of pretty pattern weights, I use canned goods :)
On a personal note (because I have the best luck in the world) I am sick again. That means I had 2 relatively healthy days this month, haha!
Moms - how do / did you battle germs your kiddo brought home from school?