Here are step-by-step instructions for making an FBA (full bust adjustment) or SBA (small bust adjustment) on the princess-seam bodice of the Fable Dress.
- measuring tape
- scrap paper
To determine the size of adjustment necessary, measure your high bust and full bust. The high bust measurement is taken around the body, with the tape snugged up to the underarms, and above the breasts. The bust measurement is taken around the fullest part of the breasts.
Compare your body measurements to the size chart.
|Size H||Your body measurement|
|High Bust measurement||34"||34"|
|Full Bust measurement||36"||38"|
Full Bust Adjustment
Adjust pattern pieces
1. Begin by adjusting the Side Front Piece. Cut a line parallel with the grainline. Cut across above the notch.
2. Slide the cut out section over the amount determined above (eg. 1" in our example).
3. Blend/smooth the line from shoulder to bust point position on the outer edge.
4. Mark in the stitch line 3/8" (1cm) from shoulder to notch and measure length of stitching line. In our example, this length is 6" (15cm).
5. Cut across the Centre Front Piece just above the notch. Mark in the stitch line.
6. Slide the lower section of Centre Front Piece down until the stitch line from shoulder to notch is the same as the side front (6" in our example).
7. Sew a muslin and to ensure that the bodice fits your body properly. If your full bust is is 6" greater than the size chart for your size you may need to add some width into the centre front piece to account for bust point changes. Try putting 2/3 of the difference into the side and 1/3 into the centre front.
There are two options for adjusting the skirt:
- leave the skirt as-is and have a little less gather in the front
- add the same amount to the foldline of the front skirt piece as was added to the side front
Small Bust Adjustment
The SBA works the same way as the FBA, but instead of sliding the pattern pieces out, the pattern pieces will be slid inwards to reduce volume in the curve.
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