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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > just got book on fitting-confused ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/15/12 4:54 AM

I've just got myself a copy of 'real fit for real people'. And I'm already confused. According to the book I'm a 32D but in reality I wear a 32F..is there supposed to be this disparity between clothing and foundation garments?

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Date: 11/15/12 8:52 AM

In a properly fitted bra I am a D cup, but when I sew I usually have to use the B cup pattern pieces, so I'm not surprised by your findings. Women's sizing is so all over the place.

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Date: 11/15/12 11:50 AM

Just go by your measurements according to the instructions for the garment you plan to sew.

Make muslins from old sheets (less expensive than buying muslin fabric) so you can tweak the pattern if need be.

Don't worry, be happy!

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Date: 11/15/12 1:10 PM

and to make it more confusing UK cup sizing and American cup sizing is different. I have the same bra size you do, and have taken the FFRP class, when you alter your pattern using the FFRP method, cup sizing doesn't really matter.

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Date: 11/15/12 2:58 PM

Most people don't understand bra sizing, including most of the people who've written any of the fit books I have. D cup is their stand-in for any large size, it seems. People think I'm a D or a double D because my bust is large, but I'm actually a G cup. This is a perpetual pet peeve of mine. If you've been measured properly for a bra at a nice lingerie store or at most Nordstrom stores, you'll find that you might be wearing a size most people don't think even exists. What dianes says is right - what they're calling the bra size doesn't matter because they'll have you do alterations that will make things fit regardless of what size they/you are calling it.

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Date: 11/15/12 6:15 PM

Yes! Your bra size doesn't really have much to do with your clothing size. I wear a 32f but it's because my underbust is narrow for my frame. when I choose a sewing pattern, I chose based on my high bust which is between a 14 and 16. I've found through experience that 16 is a little better. Then I do the fba based on not on my cup size but on how much more room I need/want in the bust than the pattern has. Since the big4 patterns usually include a lot of ease and I kinda liked things fitted snug across the girls to show off my assets, I usually only do about 1" for the fba, as if I were a dcup. of course, this varies from pattern to pattern, which is why it's important to measure pattern pieces and make muslins.

I know this sounds horribly confusing, but with practice it will become easier. I found it was much easier ot understand how it works once I had done it a few times.

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Date: 11/16/12 11:19 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. I think I got rather overwhelmed by all the jargon in the book. Glad to know I'm not going mad when it comes to the sizing.

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