I figured that I might need to modify the armholes a bit to fit these revised sleeves, so I took the same commercial pattern and overlaid it on my RTW copied pattern and, again, sketched a mid-way line:
Once the fabric was cut with my revised pattern, this knit top serged together in a heartbeat. My order of construction was: shoulder seams, sleeves, side seams (including underarm seams) and then coverstitch hems.
I always have a hard time getting my fabric edge to line up nicely with my coverstitch. This time I tried basting a guideline first:
I turned the fabric along the guideline as I fed it through my machine.
The result is okay - possibly better than my usual results, but still far from the perfection that I see on other blogs... :(
So, here are some comparison shots of attempt #1 and attempt #1. Blogger flipped this first picture and I can't figure out how to get it flipped back. But it's my first version - notice the wavy collar and the practically straight line from shoulder through sleeve...