Editor’s Note: I’m excited about today’s post, because Stine is reflecting for us on how their first full bust adjustment went, a few years ago. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
I have a large bust and a small underbust. My back is also small.
If I choose size based on my bust measurement, I have so much extra fabric billowing out below my bust. If I choose size based on my torso, the garment is to small at my bust.
I own a book of sewing patterns, ‘Sew Many Dresses, So Little Time‘. It is unique in that you yourself combine the various elements which make up a dress, to make you own dress.
It also advises on how to make an FBA, Full Bust Adjustment, and this was the first dress I made an FBA on.
I was initially a bit scared of FBAs, I thought they seemed rather complicated.
But I followed the instructions closely: Mark bust points. Measure 2 cm from the bust point. Draw lines outwards and downwards. Cut and spread.
And that was it … was that all there was to it? And it looked right!
Then just to tape pattern paper under the spread areas. It was so much simpler than I thought.
I also made a swayback adjustment and a high round back adjustment (HRBA).
But if course the real test was if the fit in the final dress was good.
The final dress fit so well (in the photo I twist my body slightly). Very happy with loosing the underbust billowing.
I very much appreciate being able to “build” my own unique dresses. No more bad fit.
– Bodice: Basic.
– Neckline: Scoop.
– Sleeves: Cap sleeve.
– Skirt: 3/4 circle.
Fabric: 100% cotton from Stoff & Stil (2016)
Size: Bodice and sleeves size 5, skirt size 6. These sizes roughly corresponds to size M and L.
– FBA, Full Bust Adjustment.
– Swayback adjustment.
– High round back adjustment.
– Adjustment for short shoulder to waist length