I don't know why it took me so long to come up with the solution. I have NEVER been able to wear clothing off the rack. Nothing ever fit. Now, I have a body double to help me construct perfectly fitting clothes! You don't really want to see my double do you? No, really, you don't. But, to continue the family tradition, her name is "Betsy" and she has simplified my life. Here are photographs of the two tops I made as a result of that wonderful trip to Joann Fabrics. The blue/brown brocade shimmery one is a long tunic that I will be adding trim to on the front. The paisley one is complete. I am looking forward to buying more fabric. and, of course, using one or more of those fabulous coupons to do so! Stay tuned!