My first FBA

I have a large bust and a small underbust. My back is also small.

If I choose size based on my bust measurement, I have so much extra fabric billowing out below my bust.

If I choose size based on my torso, the garment is to small at my bust.

Enter FBA.

I own a book of sewing patterns, ‘Sew Many Dresses, So Little Time’. It is unique in that you yourself combine the various elements which make up a dress, to make you own dress.
It also advices on how to make an FBA, Full Bust Adjustment, and this was the first dress I made an FBA on.

I was initially a bit scared of FBAs, I thought they seemed rather complicated.

But I followed the instructions closely:
Mark bust points. Measure 2 cm from the busy point. Draw lines outwards and downwards. Cut and spread.

And that was it…. was that all there was to it?
And it looked right!

Then just to tape pattern paper under the spread areas.
It was so much simpler than I thought.
I also made a swayback adjustment and a high round back adjustment (HRBA).

But if course the real test was if the fit in the final dress was good


The final dress fit so well (in the photo I twist my body slightly).
Very happy with loosing the underbust bilowing.
I very much appreciate being able to “build” my own unique dresses. No more bad fit.

– Bodice: Basic.
– Neckline: Scoop.
– Sleeves: Cap sleeve.
– Skirt: 3/4 circle.
Fabric: 100% cotton from Stoff & Stil (2016)
Size: Bodice and sleeves size 5, skirt size 6. These sizes roughly corresponds to size M and L.

FBA, Full Bust Adjustment.
– Swayback adjustment.
– High round back adjustment.
– Adjustment for short shoulder to waist length.m

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