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Finding the correct pattern size

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    I’m totally new to the world of adult sewing, and I’m hoping that this is one of those obvious things that everyone knows (and can tell me, cause I don’t).

    I’m trying to find the correct pattern size to use to make bust adjustments. As per all the advice I can see, I have taken my high bust measurement. None of the patterns I have offers a high bust measurement in the size chart. What aspect of the pattern do I compare my high bust measurement to in order to determine my size, pre-FBA?

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    http://queenoftheflies.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/sorbetto-top-pattern-review-and-fba-how.html

    I know I read this some where, here is something to read whilst I find it.

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    measure your high bust and your full bust. If there is more than 2″ difference, using your high bust will help you get the correct fit in the shoulders and over all bodice. So if your high bust is 34″ but your full bust is 38″, you want to pick the pattern bust size 34. Then, you add width and length to accommodate the bust fullness.

    It all takes some practice to get right, so try to have patience. The Liesl and Co patterns have really good instructions for alterations included, which I think would really help a beginner. Also, the Collette handbook has good beginner instructions. Fit for Real People is the gold standard alterations book, but it’s a lot of information to take in at once.

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    Profile photo of Liesl GibsonLiesl Gibson
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    Yes, Melanie has it right. Here’s a blog post about it:

    finding your sewing pattern size

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    Thank you guys so much! Those links are all super-helpful.

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