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Message Board > Fitting Woes > An FBA observation ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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An FBA observation
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Date: 4/19/13 7:39 PM

The math may work out perfectly but you need to enlarge your dart a bit less than what the numbers indicate. The older you are, the less you may need.

Another fail but I'm learning.

For the next go rounds, I'm going to make up the pattern sized by upper bust (unless told otherwise - for example - Jalie).

I can wear most RTW. I'm beginning to think I don't huge the FBA that the numbers say I need. I'm working with fabric that gives and even stretches. I'm trying to make a sun dress. The big honkin' FBA just gave me a really saggy top for my saggy bust.

Has this been your experience?

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Date: 4/19/13 8:30 PM

Not saying you're wrong but some food for thought...
are you starting out with the correct size for your shoulders/upper bust? You need to do a very snug measurement - pull the tape measure tight.

Are you wearing the correct size bra? thinking you're a cup size that you're not, could be throwing out your calculations for the amount of fba you need.

Do you need more length adjustment than width? The more mature large bust can be overwhelmed by gravity If you move the darts down first, it may fix part of the problem and you'll need a smaller fba.

Are you taking into account the amount of ease in the pattern compared to your own preference?

Bottom line is what's right is whatever works for you - I hope you get it figured out soon

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Date: 4/19/13 8:54 PM

I have a triple-D bust, so if I use my upper bust measurement in comparison to my full bust, I SHOULD be making a huge FBA.

But, I also have very square shoulders and a broad back....so I make no FBA at all, and just choose my patter size by my full bust and take in the waist a small amount.

So really, you do what works for YOU...the guidelines based on limited measurements should be a starting point for further refinement in fit, not a finish point.

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Date: 4/19/13 9:12 PM

I had a bra fitting at My Intimacy (at Phipps Plaza - Atlanta). They put me in a much bigger cup size. I went from a 38-C to a 36-E bra and my clothes did look a lot better just from that change alone.

So I think the bra is good; now I think I'm going to make the pattern right out of the box and then slash and spread to find the actual amount of the adjustment.

Math alone isn't cutting it for me.

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Date: 4/19/13 9:56 PM

I would sugest taking a Craftsy class called "Sew the Perfect Fit". This class was a huge eye opener for me and I have been learning about fit for a number of years now.
If you have not signed up for any Craftsy classes you will get a discount once you do so will not have to pay the full price although I think this class is worth paying the full price.
I finally have a princess seam blouse that fits perfectly. I am going for a vest pattern next. I have been struggling with this vest for over a year.

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Date: 4/19/13 9:58 PM

I determine my adjustment by tissue fitting. It's anywhere from none to 1 inch.
I took the FFRP class, and wanted to to be able to make the same adjustment every time, and they just laughed.

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Date: 4/21/13 8:23 AM

Ok, but are you calculating your fba based on your bra size or your measurements? Because you bra size and your pattern cup size are two different things. For the fba, use only your high bust and full bust (in your new well fitting bra.) The difference between those measurements indicates how much you will need to alter the pattern.

Ie: I wear a 32F bra. My high bust is 38" and my full bust is 41.5". So, I make a typical fba for a C cup. My narrow ribcage has nothing to do with the fit in the shoulders and the full bust.

However, the above comment about this being a starting point and a guideline is true. This is where I start, but different patterns with different styles and different amount of ease might affects final fitting.

Ps- is that store worth a long drive? I'm in the North Georgia region every summer and considered going to Phipps for this. I haven't been to Phipps/Lennox in years, but I did go down to Gail K last summer.

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Date: 4/23/13 11:31 AM

I'm sorry I missed your question.

To me, it was totally worth it (I drove from Dalton). I was fitted in gorgeous (and expensive - I paid between $80 and $120 for each and it's been a few years) bras that support me well.

It was the first time I wore bras that didn't have 3 or 4 hooks in back. They are lacy, beautifully made and they've worn like iron. I can't even put on a VS bra any more.

I have a feeling there are less expensive brands that will do the trick now that I know more about my size (maybe Wacoal) but I wouldn't have known.

They don't measure you. They have you strip from the waist up and with one quick glance, they come back with the perfect bra (at least that's how it was for me). After that the fun begins. If you're on a budget bring cash and leave your credit card at home. I couldn't say no to pretty bras after a lifetime of utility ugly ones.

The store had a fun vibe to it and it wasn't snooty (I sort of thought it would be).

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Date: 4/23/13 12:29 PM

Thanks, I may think about that. I'm pretty sure I've got the right size these days, but still. Isn't it crazy how expensive the nice ones can get? I like to shop Nordstrom online, search first for my size then sort by price. Sometimes I find a chantelle or nature on sale if you don't mind wacky colors. Wacoal does a pretty good job for a more reasonable price. For my size, I can't shop at VS or Macy's anyway. I think they measure people wrong just to put them in a size they carry.

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Melanie

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Date: 4/23/13 5:24 PM

Don't get me started on bra fitting!! For anyone who's interested in correctly measuring themselves and places to purchase bras have a look at this sub on reddit.

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chris

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