Member since 2/1/09
Date: 2/18/13 8:59 AM
When I first started sewing, I was using a size 16 pattern (38" bust). I constantly had too much fabric in the back of my finished garments, and I was thrilled when I found out about doing FBA. Measurement-wise, I think I need to do one: 35" high bust, 38" full bust.
However, I have begun to notice that (1) doing the FBA doesn't fix the extra droopy fabric in the back (I think I need an erect back adjustment since a sway back adjustment isn't helping), (2) I generally need to do a broad shoulder adjustment, and (3) in fitted, woven tops, I need a broad back adjustment if I want to lift my arms. Basically, a FBA didn't fix my original problem and going down a size seems to have created 2 new adjustments. The only things that fit well are the arms and the neck.
I realize that it is possible to have a larger chest and broader shoulders/back than the pattern company expects. However, I'm wondering if there is any benefit to doing the FBA if I have to increase the shoulder and the back. Does anyone else have this problem??