So, anyway, when you work with BML, the first step is sew a tunic as a test garment.
Then, you "qualify the measurements". By following the instructions, you will check the shoulder slope, dart position, armhole (armscye) depth, width across shoulders, bicep, and front and back length measurements.
On my first try, I wound up with an armhole that felt a little too tight. The instructions told me it could be an armhole too high, or, too low. The intended fit of the tunic armhole is 3/4" (2 cm) drop under the arm. I think my armhole is too low: To remedy the problem, I decreased the armscye depth measurement by 3/4". And, according to the instructions, the armhole depth is also influenced by the center back neck landmark. Sure enough, when I checked that, it needed to be shortened by half an inch.
I sewed version #2 and it seems OK to me. I will finish off both tunics- they are wearable for weekend chores.
Now, I can go ahead and print off other styles to use as basic fitting blocks. I am sure this fit could be improved by someone with more fitting expertise, but to me it seems comfortable enough.
Each test garment took under 2 hours to print, cut, tape and sew. Of course, each one still needs a little more time invested to be finished, but I am very pleased with how efficient this software is.
I really do not have a lot of time to mess around with, you know?
update to this post:
I was reading sewing blogs and I saw that Carolyn just finished a gorgeous pants-suit with a sleeveless jacket. Chic. The sleeves came off when she had trouble with the sleeve and it reminds me of the trouble I am having with the sleeve in this tunic.
Then I read Georgene's post where she explains how to fix a sleeve problem on Hilary Clinton's jacket.
As I drove the hour from Rockville to Baltimore this morning ... it came together in my head.
I shall try again!
Thank you Georgene! Thank you Carolyn!!