Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sew Colette: Pastille Small and Full Bust Adjustments

Welcome back, sew-alongers! Today we are covering small and full bust adjustments for the Pastille dress. From the handbook:

"Many women require alterations to accommodate a full [or small] bust. Some smaller patterns companies, such as Colette Patterns, draft their patterns for a C cup, which is modern average in North America, while the largest pattern companies continue to draft for a B cup. Bust sizes is a great example of why most patterns do not fit out of the box. There are huge numbers of women who are neither a B nor a C cup, but who fall on either side. For many of us, bust adjustments will make one of the biggest possible differences in the fit of our clothing."

Full Bust Adjustment
Sarai thoroughly outlines how to make a full bust adjustment (FBA) to the pattern in the handbook, and went into further detail during the Rooibos sew-along.

Each and every step of making an FBA is meticulously laid out in the way we have come to expect from Colette Patterns. Sarai often has to make an FBA to her personal sewing, so you know she is speaking from experience.

Small Bust Adjustment
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the SBA. For us ladies that fall on the petite side, extra fullness at the bust is a common annoyance.

Again, Sarai has created an outstanding step-by-step tutorial for the SBA. Lovely Casey of Casey's Elegant Musings, has made this excellent video detailing how to make an SBA.

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Please join us for tomorrow's fitting adventure: The Croquis!

Have a questions? Please feel free to post here, in Erin's blog, or in the sew-along Flickr group. We're here to help!


Bundana said...

Thanks for your post! I am sadly a SBA'er! Ha! I am gaining my SBA confidence and resources and this is grrrreat :D


kristenmakes said...

I can't believe I never thought of a SBA! Being SB-ed myself, this video is really helpful, thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

Wonderful post! I'm a bit behind on this particular sew-along (which may just translate into I don't participate). I'm wondering if you (or anyone else) has made a muslin and can speak to the fit? Is it close to accurate or is it a bit big? My measurements line up exactly with Colette measurements and I'm a C-Cup but am still hesitant to just cut it out and sew it up (which is why a muslin would probably be a good idea, right?)