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Posted on: 7/13/10 6:17 PM
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I'm new to making FBAs, as my current body bears no similarity to the one I had at 35! A few months ago I made a Vogue pattern that had no darts and needed an FBA. It occurred to me that I could use the technique from a similar style "Custom Fit" Vogue pattern, 8616, to provide the FBA for the D cup I needed. V8616 uses gathering under the bust for the selected cup size, A through D. The pattern I made, V7799 (still available as out of print), fit me really well.

I compared the gathering placement of V8616 to another pattern's dart placement that I know fits my bust well. This required lowering the gathering area on V8616 by one inch on both the front and back pattern pieces, as the front gathering must match the back gathering symbols. I simply cut out the gathering markings for each piece and taped them one inch below the underarm, then filled in the gap I had created with pattern paper and trued the seam and sewing lines.

Make sure that the front and back pieces will be the same length once the front is gathered and matched to the gathering placement dots on the back.

Both Vogue and Simplicity now offer patterns with cup sizes (long overdue!), so both SBAs and FBAs aren't required in these patterns.

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a7yrstitch said...
Thank you, found your post since I'm new enough that I don't know the lingo, FBA, SBA, etc. Anyway, I am also glad to have the patterns that acknowledge cup size and appreciated your review.
4/15/11 4:39 PM
Fictionfan said...
McCall's has offered for a few years now their Made-For-You patterns with A,B,C,D-cup size pattern pieces, too. They don't market them as a proiority, so there are several out-of-print but not so many still in print. Just FYI.
7/21/10 5:01 PM
LizBa said...
It took me a while to figure that one out too, so don't feel bad. Somewhere on this website there is a glossary that includes acronyms. Can't remember where it is anymore but it's worth looking for!
7/14/10 2:10 PM
Charrlie said...
I also, did not know what FBA or SBA was.
7/14/10 12:43 PM
Stitchcakes said...
pauladaniel: full bust alteration, small bust alteration
7/14/10 11:20 AM
Q Valley Mary said...
These patterns are so helpful, for tops as well as dresses. I love your idea about using a pattern that provides different cup sizes to adjust one that doesn't.
7/14/10 11:14 AM
pauladaniel said...
Silly me - what is a FBA or SBA?
7/14/10 10:18 AM
Linda Mae said...
That's great that Simplicity & Vogue now have patterns with cup sizes. I always had to adjust patterns and it wasn't easy; of course, now that I'm retired I don't need dresses anymore!
7/13/10 8:02 PM
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