First I want to say that I have a new respect for all of the clothing designers out there. Starting from absolute scratch for a garment for myself is challenging. I followed the instructions in a book called Body Mapping to make my base pattern, this is also called a sloper or a block. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the sleeve is not symmetrical. When I drafted it, I thought it must be wrong. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the best fitting sleeve I have ever worn. This motivates me to work out. (just a little) Now that I have a block that fits me perfectly, there are lots of things I am going to design for myself. For this contest, I am going to keep it really simple and make a tunic. After that, I will also make what I hope will be my favorite summer dress this year and a jacket. This last photo is of the muslin. They want to see this for the contest. This is not the finished tunic, it's like a rough draft. I have until the end of the month to complete the finished garment, but I have some orders to fill first, so wish me luck.