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Can you do a full bust adjustment on this kind of bodice?
unhgoose
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Date: 5/7/12 2:34 PM

I have sewn kids clothes and diapers and have just started sewing clothes for me. My first dress is McCalls 5042. I am a fairly busty lady and I didn't learn about the existence of full bust adjustments until after I'd cut out this dress and started putting it together.

It is 90 % done (zipper needs help and it needs to be hemmed) and I can try it on.

It is pretty and mostly flattering, but pretty loose right below my bust. Is there anyway to fix that?

Should I stick to silhouettes with darts so I can do FBAs? Should I stay away from bodices that are pieced together like this?
Thank you for any advice!


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andye
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Date: 5/7/12 2:39 PM

Let's just fix that code, shall we?



McCall's 5042

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Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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Date: 5/7/12 2:54 PM

This is about the easiest FBA possible. It's a princess seam. Nancywin's directions

You're going to be thrilled :)
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Date: 5/7/12 3:08 PM

Since you've already cut everything out, you may be able to salvage things by making the princess seams a little deeper. Try it on inside out and see if you can pin out some of the fullness along those seams. If it's too loose in the shoulders, you may be able to do the same thing to the shoulder straps.

Good luck!

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unhgoose
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Date: 5/7/12 3:09 PM

Thanks, I couldn't figure it out.

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Date: 5/7/12 3:10 PM

Thank you, those are great instructions. Also, I read your blog and love it!

unhgoose
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Date: 5/7/12 3:13 PM

Thank you, I'm going to try it when I get home. I generally can only sew when the little ones are napping on the weekend, so it's taken me a month to get this far and I was really worried I was going to have to settle on a bad fit.

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