My secret? I just let the sewing machine do all the work. Seriously, I have been wanting to learn how to sew an article of clothing for awhile and I finally did. To my surprise I made a shirt that actually fits! My 7th grade Home Ec teacher would be so proud. I think my relationship with my sewing machine just got a lot more serious.
(For those of you who are interested, I used a really easy Built by Wendy Simplicity pattern: #3835. I used fabric I bought on clearance at JoAnns and I made the flower embellishments out of left over scraps to make the shirt look a little more Anthropologie-esque.)