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Kelly D.
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Subject: bustier for very full figure? Date: 5/5/07 5:16 PM

Hi Kenneth,
I took your purse classes and really enjoyed them. My question for this class before I sign up is this: I'd like to be able to make comfortable strapless or halter dresses that don't require additional foundation garments for a fairly modest 20-something girl with a 36DD bust. (Actually, I suspect her real bra size is more like a 34 E, she's so small in the ribcage; it's all bust) I'm not even sure this is possible for someone quite this busty so I'm asking in advance, do you think with these methods I can successfully sew a sundress that this girl will feel comfortable wearing for the first time since childhood? It would make her very happy to be able to wear stylish, fun dresses this summer and not feel like either "the girls" or a wandering bra are going to betray her at any moment!
Kelly D.

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Subject: Re: bustier for very full figure? Date: 5/6/07 1:46 AM

Hello!

I think this method would adapt well for halter style dresses for this gal. Since she is fuller in the bust, the straps that support the halter, as well as the construction of the bustier, will give her a garment that she will feel secure in without any other foundation garments.

I recommend you start with a moulage draft for her if possible ( The Moulage CD is for sale on Patternreview), because, when dealing with exceptional figures like this, you want to start from measurements whenever possible...

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Date: 5/6/07 10:34 AM

Thanks, Kenneth! I'll sign up for the class and order the moulage CD today.

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Date: 5/6/07 2:07 PM

Hello Kenneth,
Is this the same material that you cover on your Bustier CD?

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 5/6/07 2:32 PM

Yes it is in part--some people have expressed the desire to have an opportunity to work on it and have the time to ask questions with the message boards and chat...

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Date: 5/16/07 3:17 PM

What will we need to buy for this class? Will we be able to print out the pattern easily or will there be enlarging involved?

also, edit: So this would work for full-busted thick waisted women? I'm like 42-33-41, a weird shape.
-- Edited on 5/16/07 3:18 PM --

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 5/16/07 5:01 PM

You'll have to enlarge the pattern--I recommend, if you don't have a moulage, to go get a commercial princess line pattern to fit to your shape.

This will work for your shape--the key bit of information to keep in mind here, when fitting, is where your "actual waist" is. I define the actual waist as the level on the figure, where a wasit band won't drop any lower. It is generally either: the narrowest point of the waist, or: At the top of the hip bones.

The theory behind a strapless garment, is that the actual waist is the "ground" where the "foundation of the building" is. (architectural analogy here.) This is important to establish, because the foundation is the petersham inside the garment. The bones anchor to that petersham, like the upright columns in a building anchor to the foundation.

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Date: 5/17/07 2:12 PM

do you have a commercial pattern that you recommend?

Thanks for your response. :)

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Subject: Re: Pre Registration Q&A Date: 5/17/07 10:10 PM

I don't have any patterns I recommend, as I draft mine from scratch. I'd look at Burda, though--they seem to fit better than most....

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Date: 5/18/07 8:43 AM

Something like this?

I think I'm probably too much of a beginner for this, I need a lot of guidance. :)

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