I designed a top with a scoop neckline, yoke and 3/4 sleeves.
The yoke and sleeves are made of a semi-sheer stable knit fabric and the floral fabric is made out of a very stretchy polyester knit jersey. The skirt is a stable Ponte fabric. I absolutely love the colorful floral fabric.
I am quite top heavy but I am very happy that I do not have a stress lines across the chest nor do I have the prominent drag lines at the side that I usually get in ready to wear tops.
I achieved this by adding 1 inch across the bust level. When I sewed the top, I stretched the back to fit the front from one inch above the waist to one inch below the armhole (see pattern draft below). I also took up excess fabric caused by a large bust at the yoke / armhole area. Luckily, since the fabric was so stretchy, these adjustments were all I needed. With a more stable knit, I would also need a dart.
I used a 4 thread security stitch to construct most of the top. This provided a nice even narrow seam for the semi-sheer yoke and sleeves. (I used black thread but the thread is reflecting the sunlight from my window):
I finished the neckline edge and sleeve hem by turning the 1/2 inch seam allowance under by 1/4 inch and then again another 1/4 inch, then stitching using the sewing machine. I used my serger's coverstitch for the hem:
The skirt was a straightforward pencil skirt with an elastic waist.
I am very happy with the ensemble. It is slimming, colorful and comfortable. Best of all, it fits! And isn't a good fit the greatest benefit of sewing your own garments?