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FBA instructions: what am I missing?

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    I noticed the finished measurements on this pattern indicate there’s 1″ ease in the chest. I measure 33.5″ in the upper bust (size 2), 37.5″ in the full bust. The fba instructions have you spread the pattern 3/4″, (1 1/2″ total), making the finished chest measure 36″-so 1 1/2″ short of fitting me. Should I just spread it 2″ instead of 3/4″?

    Just wondering if anyone’s noticed this, and if it’s an oversight on my part or maybe a typo?

    Thanks ladies!

    Michelle

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    Just spread it a wee bit further.

    I wear a D cup so I adjusted mine as far as I could (making sure to add to the centre panel the extra length)

    I was pretty amazed at how far it did widen. I used Swedish tracing paper so That I could glue offcuts under the slash.

    It worked really well.

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    This is the resource I usually use. Paragraph #5 has how much to add for each cup size.

    http://sew-la-fabric.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/full-bust-adjustment-aka-fba.html

    Also check out this narrow shoulder adjustment. If your measurements are otherwise correct, it full bust, waist and hips. It may be easier to narrow the shoulders than increase the bust and then have to also work out the fit for the waist and hips. I haven’t used this method but I would like to try it.

    http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,10216.0.html/

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    I was about to say that I followed the FBA instructions faithfully – though they are not the typical ones – and had very good results. But then I noticed there’s more ease built into the larger sizes than the size 2. Do you measure a size 2 in the waist and hips as well? I’m thinking that maybe you cut the size 4 and do the 3/4″ FBA. There are no set-in sleeves here, so I don’t think you’ll see a huge difference in the fit in the shoulders. But, if it pulls too much across the bust, it won’t hang very nicely. And I think there’s only so much spreading you can realistically do.

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    Thanks for the feedback ladies, you’ve given me lots of ideas! I’m actually a straight 10 in these patterns in the bust, waist, and hips, and arms, but the larger size is too big for the neck, shoulders, and back, at least with patterns in the past. It’s good to know there are many options so I can try to get a great fit.

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    That’s exactly the point of the FBA. You’re small/narrow in the shoulders but need room in other places. Shoulders, neck and back are more difficult to adjust, so we pick sizes to fit those parts and adjust for the others. Even though this is a loose fitting style, there isn’t a ton of room in the waist and hips, so you will need to grade out to the proper sizes there in addition to the FBA.

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