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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Fitting a tshirt pattern ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Fitting a tshirt pattern
Used high bust measurement, but still doesn't seem right...
bethlucas
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Date: 11/25/11 8:26 PM

I'm attempting to make the tshirt from New Look 6160. My high bust measurement is 37", so I went with a size 14 and did an FBA.

The good news: it fits great in the bust! Yay! Still needs tweaking around the waist... the FBA added too much volume there, but that looks easy to fix.

The bad news: the shoulders and armholes seem too big, despite choosing the size by my high bust measurement. Perhaps I'm trying to stick too strictly to the pick-by-hb-measurement rule? My frame is on the smallish side of average, but my bust is 34DDD. (Yikes... I guess having kids will do that to a person :P) Is it possible that "the girls" are so big that even my high bust measurement is not a totally reliable indicator of my frame size? Anyone else experience this?

Perhaps this is a silly question, so thanks in advance to anyone willing to take the time :)
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Date: 11/25/11 9:23 PM

When I was in my teens and learning sewing we chose the size by chest width (armpit to armpit) for the front, and back (the same level) width for the back. I still believe this gives you a better picture what size you are in.

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Date: 11/25/11 9:39 PM

34-DDD ?!?! you sound like my shape - go for a size 8 and extreme FBA!

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Date: 11/25/11 10:20 PM

If you are small in the neck shoulder area, get someone to help take a measurement (from armpit to armpit), divide in 1/2 and compare to your pattern. You may need to trace a size 12 from this area up to shoulders/neckline and blend to the size 14.

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Date: 11/25/11 11:09 PM

I'm very busty and found that my high bust measurement gives me far too big shoulders and arms. I think it's because my boobs star making their presence known just below my collarbones!

You could try another size or two down and make your FBA bigger to compensate. It does sound like your starting size is too big, at least at the top.

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Date: 11/26/11 10:09 AM

I am not well endowed, but I am very narrow through the shoulders. Even when I use my high bust measurement to choose a tee size, there is more to do. I move the shoulder in a bit and adjust the neckline to compensate. If I am using a tank pattern, that will create problems with not enough fabric for the strap, so I cut a smaller size for tanks. I always use about 3 sizes when making a top.

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Date: 11/26/11 1:34 PM

"the shoulders and armholes seem too big"

Perhaps you need to petite the armhole to quote cynthia guffey.

Fold out the excess across the front, armhole to armhole. Do the same for the back. That is how much you should fold out on your pattern. Also do the same for the sleeve cap.

For the shoulders that are too far out... make a fold at the shoulder that brings it up were you want it. That is how much you need to fold out on the pattern and then true the shoulder to make it straight.

You may be able to recut your fabric.

Or you can trace a smaller size around the neck and shoulders and use a dress makers rule to make the transition smooth. Think about the sleeve too.

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Date: 11/28/11 9:14 PM

I tried cutting a 12 (one size smaller) and doing a larger FBA... SUCCESS!! At least, the top half looks good. The bottom half is going to need some serious renovation, as I recently found out that my stomach is going to be expanding majorly over the next several months :D

Off to look at maternity alterations...

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Date: 11/28/11 10:49 PM

Congrat's!

Nora :)

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Date: 11/28/11 10:49 PM

Congrat's!

Nora :)

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