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A lightbulb moment
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Date: 7/25/13 12:16 PM

I was told once or twice when asking for fitting help that I needed an FBA. I hadn't done it because I didn't understand it. Sure, there are resources for doing it, but I didn't "get it" -- the purpose.

All of a sudden, the lightbulb went off! I've read about it a dozen times yet it just clicked for me.

I always ended up with a too-big neckline so I started cutting a size or two smaller at the neck/shoulders and grading out for the bust but didn't stop to think about how the other aspects of the garment may change. I get it now Because I have a 35.5" upper bust and 39" full bust - I need an FBA.

Don't ask me why it didn't click before - I just know that now, I get it.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/25/13 12:37 PM

As long as the method works for you is all that matters!

Best wishes for many successful projects.

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Date: 7/25/13 1:46 PM

Yay for lightbulbs

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Date: 7/25/13 3:53 PM

understanding the why of a fba changed my life. I also had big issues with neck and shoulders because I was buying patterns by my full bust measurement.

Love those aha moments

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Date: 7/25/13 4:13 PM

I was too Kathy!

I'm really excited for fall sewing as this is my favorite season. I'm thinking of all of the awesome woven tops and jackets/blazers I can own!!! :-)

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 7/25/13 7:15 PM

The more you sew the more you understand fitting and how a flat pattern fits a rounded body. There is a member who would post about using 3 or 4 different sizes for one top just to avoid making an fba. I don't know how she dept it all straight. Once you are used to doing an fba they are pretty easy. Complicated patterns can create problems though. I just saw a post on Threads about using small size pattern pieces to work out alterations. She copied the pattern piece diagram that most patterns have and blew them up to a usable size. Brilliant. It's an easy way and quick way to try out alterations without spending all that time tracing a pattern. I often don't get it right the first time, and it takes a lot of time to do full size, complicated alterations.

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Date: 7/25/13 9:36 PM

I always understood that I needed an FBA, but hated doing the alteration. After a few 100 it doesn't feel all that bad.

A light bulb moment happened to me a few months ago. How to get the bust point in the right place. Measure from the neck to the bust point (for me that is 12"). Then measure from bust apex to bust apex (for me this is 9").
on the pattern measure from the neck edge down 12" and make a mark. Now measure from CF 4.5" over and make a mark. That is where my bust point needs to be. How I missed this all this years I do not know?

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Date: 7/26/13 1:01 AM

You've jut given me a lightbulb moment!

Thank YOU!

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Date: 7/26/13 9:55 AM

Your light bulb moment just brightened my room ... can't wait to get back home and try that out on my next FBA. You make it all seem so easy now.

Learning the importance of doing an FBA as opposed to just adding to the side seams was a real eye opener for me. As Cynthia Guffey said to me at one of her classes -- your full bust is not coming out the side so why put the fabric there!!!!

Regardless of the fitting issue, the adjustment has to be made where you actually need the fabric and not at the seam of convenience -- the fabric will just get pulled to where you really need it and you end up with the dreaded "pull lines".

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Date: 7/26/13 11:27 AM

AHA moment indeed!

Thank you all.

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