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Message Board > Fitting Woes > For all of us FBA types... ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/29/09 2:00 PM

I was paging through the magazine that my neighborhood in Dallas puts out and found an article about a local woman who has started a clothing line for D/DD and bigger women. It's not for plus-size women, but for women with misses' frames but large breasts. The pictures are such wonderful examples of well-done FBAs! And I find it really interesting to see how there are double darts, hooks & eyes instead of buttons, etc-- lots of fodder for inspiration and tips here! The shirts are kind of pricey but I think if I didn't sew for myself I would be willing to invest in a shirt or two. Here's her website:
http://www.bratiquehelene.com/
as well as her blog.

I would love to knock off the style and fabulous fit of this top:

-- Edited on 3/29/09 2:36 PM --

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Date: 3/29/09 2:15 PM

Good for her. I hope she can make a go of it.

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Date: 3/29/09 2:31 PM

Wow! I really like that double-darted top with the black braid trim.

If you figure out how to knock off that top, you've got to share the secrets!!

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Date: 3/29/09 2:34 PM

This looks to be a very simple top. I'm sure there are patterns out there you can alter to come up with something like this. I seems to be a typical "baby doll" top with extra darts to take up the extra material offered by the FBA. It would be great if the pattern companies could understand that not all D's and up are plus size gals. I wear Off the Rack size 6 and patterns 12 and up. I'm a 34D. All that extra material that an FBA adds, where it's not needed, is a real chore to deal with.

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Date: 3/29/09 2:36 PM

Wow, those are really fantastic! I really like the wrap shirt on the website. And really, if you are comparing to places like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic...some of the standard mall stores...her prices are right in line with those.

I hope she does well.

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Date: 3/29/09 3:02 PM

What a grand idea. I wish them great success. Other than knit shirts that have shoulder seams halfway down my arms, I can't recall the last time I was able to buy anything with a bodice that fit me even remotely well. Generally, however, I try de-emphasizing the bustline in most things I sew for myself.

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Date: 3/29/09 5:35 PM

Wow, those are amazing.

It really goes to show how important the darts are, even if we might not want to use them.

Of course, a dart will be much more obvious in a shiny satin than in a cotton print.

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Date: 3/29/09 6:08 PM

Ah...I'm noticing three bust darts (6 total)--armhole, and two below the apex on each side.

Her line will be great for the well endowed, but will also serve as an inspiration for those of us who like to copycat designs with our sewing skills. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of interesting dart manipulation in her line.
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