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ElsieLC
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Date: 4/11/14 8:37 PM

I'm looking for a classic blouse pattern (stand collar, button front) with markings on the pattern to make a full bust adjustment. Summer is coming and I want to make a whole bunch of these!

I tried a Silhouette pattern in two sizes but each time it was far too tight across the back (it looks great when I stand still, but I hear stitches rip if I reach forward for something).

Is there an easy way to look for this? Or do I post a question about it...not sure which section?

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Date: 4/11/14 9:17 PM

You might look at the McCalls Palmer Pletsch patterns, they walk you through a fba.
It sounds like you might need a broad back adjustment.

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Date: 4/11/14 9:25 PM

Not a collar stand collar, but here is a well-reviewed pattern built with D cups: Blouse
the Shapely Shirt.

I haven't tried it but did buy Singer Perfect Plus from a bookstore and sold on Amazon: Perfect plus
I bought new but cheap to make sure it had the patterns in it so I could try them on for size.
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Date: 4/11/14 9:31 PM

Elsie, welcome aboard!

You happened to have chosen a great time to ask this question. If you'll go to the left menu near the bottom, you'll find the contest section. Check there for the three part gallery, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, for the recently completed Fitted Blouse Contest.

The gallery from the contest will be a treasure trove for you. Entrants write detailed pattern reviews. Check for some body types that you identify with and see what patterns they have used and what alterations they had to make - if any.

If you see a pattern used that looks good for you, you can check for other reviews on the same pattern to pull together more information.

If you see an entrant that is similarity shaped, you can check out their other reviews to see what other patterns have worked (or not worked) for them.

And, don't worry, you'll get suggestions from PR members.
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Date: 4/11/14 9:33 PM

Simplicity 2339 Amazing Fit blouse with individual pattern pieces for cup sizes A through D.
I bought it but haven't taken it for a test-drive yet.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 4/11/14 9:39 PM

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Date: 4/12/14 2:14 AM

All of the Vogue "Custom Fit" include cup sizes A - D as well. I believe there are a couple patterns there that would work well for what you want, plus the FBA is drafted in for you.

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Date: 4/30/14 12:13 PM

Progress report: based on the suggestions, I looked at many reviews, paying particular attention to those whose body shape looked similar to mine. I settled on McCalls 6436 and bought it in two sizes (and learned about ClubBMV!).

After carefully checking my measurements against the pattern envelope, I am making a muslin; so far just sewing the front and back together to check on the bust sizing (not yet bothering with collar, sleeves, etc.). First I made the "DDD" size (which exactly corresponded to my measurements of a 4" size difference between high bust and full bust) and it is HUGE! So I recut the fronts to match the "C/D" size. It still has a 7" dart, but is getting closer to what the front of me looks like.

But this mega-dart is much too high for my actual bust, so I'll end up lowering it and...making a shorter dart? I'm not sure what to do next, plus I'm plenty discouraged about all this effort to make a blouse that I hoped would not need much altering. If it weren't for that giganto-dart I'd just make it and be satisfied.

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In reply to B <<


Date: 4/30/14 12:23 PM

Reviews for the Shapely Shirt

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Date: 4/30/14 1:51 PM

I found a few that might interest you.

McCall 6898
6035
Butterick 5678
5526(needs an FBA but is easy with the princess seams)

Most of these come with either the extra cup size or instructions on how to do an FBA. Even if you have to add a bit, the princess seams will be a great help. I've used a couple of these patterns and the blouses turned out really well.

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