I didn't realize until this journey started how narrow my shoulders are. For a variety of reasons I thought I am big all over. I'm not. This has created a bit of a fitting nightmare.
There are two ways to approach fitting and I have not yet settled on either one. It is still a work in progress.
Method 1: Fit the shoulders and do massive FBA (full bust adjustment).
Method 2: Fit the bust and do a narrow shoulder adjustment.
These changes are along with a rounded back adjustment, sloped shoulder adjustment and others that pop up for each pattern.
I started with Vogue 8793 without the zipper collar.
The first shirt I did was an XXL.
There is lots of fabric right above the bust and the shoulders fall off me.
Next was a L.
This is not quite so bad. A little less fabric, but shoulders are still falling off.
Shirt no. 3 was a medium.
Shirt no. 4 was a small with a massive FBA. This is the pattern that I eventually adjusted to get patterns to fit.
It is not yet perfect, but it is better and least as presentable as RTW.
I am pleased with the progress so far. There are minor tweaks that I have done to the pattern, but I am calling this one good enough ... for now. :)