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KathySews
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Date: 4/17/12 7:59 AM

I am noticing that many patterns are not marking the bust point, and for that matter the waist line. Has anyone else noticed this. I find that although I must make an fba it helps to know where the designed bust point is on the pattern. Another shortcut from the printers??

Maybe a stupid question, but is there a way to figure out where the designed bust point is on a pattern? Anyone else finding that bust points are not marked on patterns?

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Date: 4/17/12 8:51 AM

Patterns have always been hit or miss with which details they print. The trend in recent years has been to print helpful information such as finished measurements, bust and waist points, but I was trying to edit a pattern from 1988 yesterday and it didn't have any of these things.

To find the bust point I usually draw a straight line down from the neck edge and a lateral line across the front about two inches down from the underarm. It's not exact and it varies by garment (depending on how fitted or how much ease is built in) but it puts me in the ballpark.

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Date: 4/17/12 10:48 AM

If you've got any bust darts you can use them as a guide (will point to bust point). 2 darts will give you a pretty precise location, but 2 are rare these days.

Tissue fitting the bodice can give you an idea of the designed bust point (around where the 'point' of the fullness is), but if you need to do an FBA this may be tougher for you to determine than for me (I do an SBA), since that fullness won't be standing away from your body.

(I see you saw that other thread where we were talking about just using your own bust point for a bust adjustment.)

I hate when there's no waistline marked! Sometimes there is waist shaping in the side seams that is a clue. I often can't figure out where they meant the waist to be until I make a muslin. I usually do my standard length adjustment first and see how it works (since I add length), but if I generally subtracted, I'd wait and do it on the muslin.

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In reply to KathySews <<


Date: 4/18/12 3:22 PM

Yeah I've noticed that too - I always have to do an FBA as well, so it doesn't really matter to me, but for all intents and purposes the bust dart should point to the bust apex, so wherever your bust dart points to, and usually about 1-2 inches away, is supposed to be where the bust point is.

That said, I've had to move the bust dart altogether on some patterns because they're either too high or too low after doing the FBA so you'll probably have to do a muslin check or at least a tissue fit, and mark your own bust point on the pattern anyway :)

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