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Which T-shirt is better for someone with a large bust?
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marymary86
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Date: 8/30/12 7:49 PM

I have both but haven't tried either one.

Is either drafted for a bigger bust?

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Date: 8/30/12 10:11 PM

The short answer is 'No.'

No major pattern company really drafts for a full busted figure. It's all about B-cups, and they all have 'fit' models on whom they model their designs. That is the ideal woman for whom they fit their ideas.

We clients have to measure the heck out of ourselves as well as our patterns, and then make the needed adjustments. For many of us, it comes down to understanding that our skeletons are a certain size (and surprisingly similar) but that our 'padding' varies greatly from person to person.

You, like the rest of us, will need to choose a basic pattern you like and adjust to fit, and for many women, it will come down to choosing a pattern based on the bone structure, especially the shoulders--from which the garment hangs--and then make a full bust adjustment to fit the soft tissue and curves.
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Date: 8/30/12 11:21 PM

I am an 18 in rtw with a 40DDD bust. I find that I can often make a KS XL t-shirt with minimal modifications, not even a proper FBA I just bump the front side seams our about 1/2 inch on each side.

I have Jalie patterns, but have not made any up. I have heard that they tend to have narrow sleeves and I have very large upper arms.

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Date: 8/31/12 0:17 AM

Thanks Michelle!

I've made a few Jalie's but neither were true T-shirts. I didn't do a FBA one the crossover top and it fit fine (sleeveless though - I have heavy upper arms too. I'm an E cup (per MyIntimacy and my bras fit like a dream. Is that the same as a triple D?)

I know the Burda's I've sewn have had more room in the bust than the American big 4 patterns so I was wondering if that might be true with Kwik Sew and Jalie.

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Date: 8/31/12 0:58 AM

I haven't sewed any Jalies for myself because based on reviews, it sounds like they're drafted for an athletic body type...which is just about the opposite of my body type.

The Kwik Sew patterns that I've made have a decent amount of ease in the bust. Somewhere, there's a chart floating around that shows what cup size each KS size is drafted for. I remember that cup size increased as pattern size increased.

HotPatterns are drafted for a larger bust. I can usually get away with a "cheater FBA" (grading up a size or two at the side seams) in their knit patterns, if I need one at all, and I'm very large-busted. They currently have three t-shirt patterns with various levels of fittedness available.

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Date: 8/31/12 1:30 AM

Pamela's basic T-shirt pattern provides a separate front for the larger busted gal. I'm currently working on a top from her pattern. I think it's pattern #104, but check to make sure.

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Date: 8/31/12 7:00 AM

Ooops! I gave you the wrong info!
-- Edited on 8/31/12 7:04 AM --

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Date: 8/31/12 9:38 PM

I have made both. I am a c cup, and plus sized. I can fit into an XL in kwik sew with just a little fudging of a bust bubble to get a bit of extra room, as I do not like skin tight tops. In Jalie I usually add a good inch at each side seam(total 4:) so I have more wiggle room. Jalie is a bit more of a sleek/stylish fit in the upper neck/shoulders. Sleeves are definitely tighter in Jalie. The older Jalie knit tops are more body hugging (I think it was patterns 974 and 2005).

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