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O.M.G! Just learned how to do a FBA
Had no idea how much work was involved!
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Date: 4/14/12 7:20 PM

I just got back from a GREAT class at Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley, CA. It was called "Fitting the Bust" and basically we learned how to do a FBA or convert a non-princess seam pattern into a princess seam pattern.

Can I just say - WOW! I had NO idea how much was involved in making these kinds of adjustments! Of course I needed to add 5.5" to my pattern - which was the largest adjustment in our class. But it was amazing - the difference of the fit before making the changes and after... truly worth the time and effort. And I'm sure after awhile it will become second nature, but for now I will definitely have to refer to my directions!

I also learned that I needed to add some length because I have a long waist (who knew?!). The instructor was REALLY good and gave us some good references of books and a video she highly recommends.

Anyways... just had to share my experience!

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Date: 4/14/12 7:32 PM

Well done on picking up such a useful new skill! It sounds like your class was perfect for you.

I have to do an FBA every single time as well. It's a pain, but it makes the difference between something that fits and something that looks like a sack or won't fasten. Definitely worth doing.

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Date: 4/14/12 9:28 PM

Congratulations and welcome to the club! All my pattern tops get bogged down in the FBA stage, and some never make it beyond that, but I'm getting better with each one I try. I think the trick is finding which type of FBA method works best for your figure and the pattern your are using. I'm finding that each FBA I do is different in size and shape, due to ? The ? is what I'm still trying to figure out. lol Probably the style, ease, fabric, etc. It does make a big difference in fit though, doesn't it!

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Date: 4/14/12 11:59 PM

Welcome to the Club? Where do I sign up? No kidding, let's start and I'd join in a heartbeat. What do you think? My mind is open and here's some ideas:

* Considering a pattern- ask if someone in the Club has tried it and what was the fitting process.

* Describe problems- ask for/get help. Try to post photos of the muslin, garment and pattern work.

* Show successes! Commiserate/laugh about failures . . .

* Chat- how we're learning about our bodies, commercial patterns, adjusting them and all of this in relation to fabric choices.

* Compare notes- about styles we see in stores, try-ons to consider different looks and kinds of fit, new ways to make things.

Some background- I took the 2 recent, great Sarah Veblen classes- Bust Fit and Fitting Bodices with Darts; the 2nd class racked up about 80 pages of Q & A. Sarah scrutinized our photos of muslins and commented. The classes, her book and Fit For Real People have given me a foundation.

I went to The School of Fashion Design in Boston. I'm a trained pattern maker, but guess what? In my professional experience, industry methods never include a FBA. It was news to me when I found it mentioned on PR a few months ago.

So, what should we call ourselves, straight-forward FBA Club?

Or something more, what? The Va-Va-Va-Voomers, The Sophia Loren Endowment, The Mountain Rangers, all probably hard to search for newcomers. Ideas?

We can do this! Thanks for listening.

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Date: 4/15/12 0:07 AM

Heather- Good for you that the class was what you need. There was loads packed into 1 day of learning. Since I'm pretty new to FBA, I agree it's lots of work. And also as you say, so worth it. Being able to improve on fit makes sewing much more gratifying, practical and plain fun!

Who was the teacher? Good to hear such a positive review. I've never taken a class there, but maybe this summer I can. How about we keep each other posted if we take a local class?

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Date: 4/15/12 8:07 AM

You will now see how much better a pattern will fit once you apply this technique. It can be challenging with some patterns but worth it in the end.

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Date: 4/15/12 8:10 AM

Can you list the books and video she referenced? I'm interested in finding out more.

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Date: 4/15/12 8:31 AM

Isn't it an eye opener? I was always frustrated with sewing until I stumbled on PR and learned about the FBA. It fixed so much for me.

Yes, it is frustrating and I think pattern makers are starting to "get it" with the multi cup size patterns, but really don't any of them have boobs?

When I see someone with nice fitting tops I want to chase them down to see if they sew. Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife has great fitting tops. Even her tee shirts. They must be custom made. The other day I kept checking out this slim woman with very large twins, not for the reason most were, I wanted to know how that jacket fit so nicely. It was BUTTONED!!!

Seriously, it would be nice to get some suggestions of styles that look great on full busted women as well. I for one now try to select shoulder princess seams when I can. The armhole princess can look huge on me. Then there is the monster side dart and trying to get a dart that is not "pointy".

Two sources I use constantly are both from Palmer/Pletsch - Book: Fit for Real People and DVD: Full Busted. The DVD goes through how to make fba on several styles. Both are so worth it.

Lets talk.

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Date: 4/15/12 9:32 AM

Hands-on is the best way of learning for most people. It's great that you have this new skill now!

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Date: 4/15/12 9:34 AM

That's wonderful that you learned how to do an FBA. Pretty soon you'll be able to do it in your sleep. It just takes practice.

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