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Adjusting the bust on Butterick 6582
yourlovealive

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Date: 5/21/12 7:59 PM

I'm a bit new to Full Bust Adjustments (FBAs), I usually just make the dress bigger and take it in everywhere else. But I'm trying to do things 'the right way.'
Could someone explain how I'd go about doing a FBA on the straight dress in the Butterick pattern #6582? The bodice and skirt are cut in-one, and that's throwing me off. Thanks for your help :)

pattern: http://butterick.mccall.com/b6582-products-1037.php?page_id=371

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Date: 5/21/12 8:10 PM

http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/12/helpful-links-for-bust-alterations.html

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Date: 5/21/12 8:37 PM

Would I just chop the dress in half at the waist and go from there, joining them back when I've finished the adjustment?

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Date: 5/21/12 8:51 PM

It probably would be more manageable if you were to cut the skirt portion of the pattern off while you do the alteration, then re-attach.

Can I suggest this tutorial with nifty graphics by Debbie Cook, that is excellent if you are a visual person
Full Bust Alteration

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Date: 5/21/12 8:55 PM

I don't think you *need* to cut it in half, but if it's easier for you to manage, by all means, go ahead. IMHO, I find it MUCH easier to work with a pattern when I cut it out roughly, spray glue it to some heavy paper (my favorite is heavier than construction paper), and then mess with it.

A la:
http://nicolemdesign.blogspot.com/2008/09/everlasting-patterns-fashion-industry.html

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Date: 5/23/12 3:31 PM

It doesn't have horizontal bust darts, just vertical diamond shaped waist darts (4 front, 4 back), does this change the way id go about it at all? I'd rather not have horizontal darts. Also, it's a faux wrap, do I need to do anything with that little triangle shoulder piece or just leave it? Thanks again

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Date: 5/24/12 7:13 PM

I would like to hear from more advanced members on this, as the dress is a little complicated to work with. What I can say is it all depends on how much you need to add to the bust. If you're very full you may really need to add the horizontal darts, but since there are already two darts in the waist, maybe not. I'm guessing you would want to add to both of those waist darts equally. Also, those pleats in the shoulders are also allowing room for the bust shaping even though they're not traditional looking darts. Perhaps you will need to add to those as well. Also, keep in mind that an fba adds length as well as width in the bust. Somehow you will need to add length to that area, though I'm not completely sure how to do that without disrupting the neckline.

I have this pattern on my list too, so I hope one of our experience sewers chimes in! I'm considering it for next spring's school events.

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