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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Zaftig ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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PKPudlin
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Date: 6/13/11 10:51 PM

So after losing 82 lb, I'm still having trouble fitting myself, and everything seems to be too big. This one is a real dilemma.
High Bust: 36" (size 12 or 14 per the pattern envelope).
Full Bust 42"
So am I looking at a 6-inch FBA??? Holy Moley, Batman!

That's what I did (added 3" to each side) and I am now swimming in the bodice of this dress. I used the FBA directions from Kathleen Cheetham, who designs the Petite Plus patterns, but I obviously missed something. Any and all wisdom appreciated.

PK

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Date: 6/13/11 10:59 PM

I can't help with the FBA, but I can certainly relate to the "everything's too big!"

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Date: 6/14/11 0:32 AM

Congrats on losing 82 lbs -- I just passed the 50 lb mark so can really relate to the fitting issues you are experiencing.

My high bust is 38.5 and my full bust is 45" -- a 6.5" difference. I was having a lot of trouble with the FBA and finding something that would work for me.

I found an article by Kathryn Brenne in Vogue Pattern Magazine April/May 2010 to be very helpful.

Using the information in this article I did a first FBA using the 1.25" as the starting point and found out it was pretty close -- changed it to 1.5" for the next one and it was perfect. The 1.5 is my starting point now and then I tweak from there.

Part of the issue is where you carry your full bust measurement -- all at the front or some of it under the arms and through the back at bust level. I did the full bust measurement and then I also did the half measurements at the full bust level -- side seam to side seam for the front and then again for the back.

Another great article by Kathryn Brenne is on measuring -- Measuring Up Fit Workshop from Vogue Patterns Magazine (August/September 2008)

After listening to Kathryn when she spoke at PR Weekend in Montreal in 2010, I decided to check out some of her articles and have been very happy with the results I have achieved.

Learned something today that I didn't know with regards to my fitting -- I have sloping shoulders (now I have to figure out the best way to address that.

Can sympathize with you as I still have more weight to lose so the fitting thing is going to be ongoing for at least another year -- it's been a great learning experience but sometimes extremely frustrating.

Good luck.

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Date: 6/14/11 10:15 PM

Thanks for those links - and congrats on your own weight loss success!!
I will check them out and see if I can figure out where I went wrong.

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Date: 6/19/11 12:43 PM

Congrats on the weight loss you guys!
Care to share how you've been doing it?
And MAN, after all that effort, one would hope that you wouldn't maybe have to do so much adjusting in pattern sizing!

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Date: 6/19/11 1:00 PM

On the contrary -- I have to do more and larger adjustments. I now need a larger FBA -- full bust measurement for front half hasn't changed but both the high bust and rib cage have dropped several inches as well as the full bust level in the back. My waist is now much smaller (about 6" but my hips (high, mid and full) haven't kept pace so there's a lot more "curves" to adjust for.

As to how I've done it -- change in lifestyle including being more active and changing how I eat. A new philosophy on life has been very beneficial.

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Date: 6/19/11 1:07 PM

Let me echo the congrats. I need to lose 10-15 (really, 20, but I can't even face the thought.) Maybe you should call the thread "formerly zaftig!"

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Date: 6/19/11 3:32 PM

I still have another 60 to 70 to go so these fitting issues will be with me for awhile -- it took me about 2 years to lose the first 50+.

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Date: 6/19/11 9:45 PM

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Maybe you should call the thread "formerly zaftig!"

That's what I was thinking.
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I need to lose 10-15 (really, 20, but I can't even face the thought.)

Cheer up --- my "need to lose" numbers are about double that.

Congratulations to SheBear and PK on your amazing accomplishments.

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Date: 6/20/11 7:27 AM

I lost a little weight on my bust recently but I used to have exactly those measurements. However I found after doing a couple of 3" either side FBAs, that about 2" of that was actually a broad back.

I do the broad back first so 2" there, then 4" at the front (2" either side - it's now more like 2-3" total).

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