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    Profile photo of CherryCherry @Hazel

    I would like to know the cup size that the cinema dress is designed for. I am new to doing full bust adjustments and all the tops I have made since taking up sewing again have needed an adjustment to fit properly.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    @hazel hello, the short answer is B cup. The longer, and very well written answer is in this blog post:

    finding your correct pattern size


    It details how to find the right size for your shoulders, and then adjust the bust accordingly.
    Hope that helps.

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    Profile photo of CherryCherry @Hazel

    Hi
    Thanks for the fast response. Yes the adjustments I have made have been based on my high bust measurement which is a US 14 (I’m in the UK). Then there is 4 inch difference between my high and full bust so knowing the cup size the pattern is designed on helps. Some indie designers are using a bigger cup size so it is not always obvious unless stated somewhere on the pattern envelope.
    I love the look of the Cinema dress but I can’t see how an fba will work with the yoke. Has anyone posted about this to your knowledge?

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    Hi @hazel , I did a FBA on the Late Lunch tunic, there a some pics here http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/fba-all-way.html which may help you visualise the adjustment to the Cinema dress.

    Sorry not to be more help.

    ~Nicole~

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    I thought I had step by step photos of this, but can’t seem to find them. I think Patricia (whose screen name I’ve forgotten, sorry!) has a pic of the Cinema side panel pattern piece, where the adjustment happens, slashed and spread.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    @vothgirl ? 👆

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    Profile photo of CherryCherry @Hazel

    Thank you all for responses, so helpful. I have checked them all out and found a photo set on the first sewalong Liesl wrote on this dress last year. Based on all advice I’ve now ordered the pattern and will make a muslin but use the swedish paper to trace first. I think this will make a lovely dress for autumn (fall)!

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    Profile photo of vothgirlvothgirl @vothgirl

    @lightningmcstitch yes I do have a pic! @hazel I’ll attach it below. Liesl’s instructions made it so very easy!

    I’m actually in the position of needing to alter that lovely eggplant chambray cinema dress I made because it is too loose, what would be the easiest way to size it down? Just pinch in at the sides?

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    Profile photo of SarviSarvi @Sarvi

    I would think so, but I’m not an expert fitter — @motherof5?

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    Profile photo of CherryCherry @Hazel

    Thank you for the photo. I love your choice of fabric for your dress. It depends how much too loose it is. You could try tacking the side seams in by the amount you need and see how it looks but if you have a smaller bust size you might need a more radical alteration.

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    Profile photo of BrittneyBrittney @georgeandizzy

    Liesl’s FBA instructions are top notch. I was leery of trying it when I first started sewing for myself, but I shouldn’t have been.

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    There are some good seams to take it in by @vothgirl. A little from each would give you the best result.

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