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PhaVic
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Date: 12/12/11 11:28 AM

I haven't -yet- made a sloper (I will, all who already kindly answered my fitting questions, told me to).
But generally speaking, do you think I need to do a FBA or something when my measurements are "borderline" :
- High bust : 34,6
- Full bust : 36,4 = 1,8 inches difference with HB so theoritically no FBA
- lower bust : 31,5

The few times I tried to sew a top for myself (and never completed the projects), I had the following problems :
- large shoulders so I cut the corresponding size.
- swimmer's back, so I keep the same size as shoulders for bra area (upper back is over-developped).
The result was each time too floppy in the -lower- bra area, but if I cut it smaller, it's much too narrow for my HB.
I don't know what will be the fitting technique for a large upper back with medium size breast, but narrow-ish middle back (the area between the bra band and waist. And, oh, I have absolutely NO waist to speak of and now have a flabby tummy to accomodate.
Is it FBA or something else ?
Thanks !
-- Edited on 12/12/11 11:32 AM --

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Date: 12/12/11 8:04 PM

What size bra do you wear? Your measurements sound like mine and I'm a C cup. I choose my top size by my high bust measurement. I take a size 10 because I have narrow shoulders and a 12 for the bust and I do a FBA. I am wide through the back at the armhole area so on the back I cut out to a 14 or 16 at the side seams tapering in to a 12 for the waist graduating out to a size 14 for the hips.
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Date: 12/13/11 3:59 AM

In rtw, I'm a small C. Thanks for your informations !

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Date: 12/15/11 8:25 AM

If you want to avoid an fba, Colette patterns are designed for a C cup, whereas the big four are made for a b cup. But I'm thinking that unless the pattern is very fitted indeed, you could get away without one.

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Date: 12/15/11 12:32 PM

have you considered a broad back alteration, often if there'e not enough room in the back, it pulls from the bust area

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