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Am I the only one with a small bust?

Ritzy | Posted in Fitting on

O how I would like to have do a FBA. this seems to be the norm from the sewing sites I’ve visited. Is there anyone out there that has NO BUST?  I am flat on the frontside and broad on the backside, across the shoulder blades. If I could only turn my body around I would be OK.

What pattern company works well this a Small bust?




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    CostumerVal | | #1

    Your singing my song Ritzy, however, I'm glad I don't have to do a FBA.  My girlfriend has been going to physical therapy for 2 yrs because of back problems directly related to hauling all that wieght around.   I hear so many people saying that you have to buy patterns to the high bust measurement.  No No No.   My high bust is 34", my full bust is 33 1/2".  If I buy patterns to the 34" measurement, they are too small in the back and neck.  Way too many alterations for me.  I buy my patterns for a 36 bust and everything fits everywhere.  I also think that small bust alteration is easier to do also.  However, at 5'8" I don't take the tuck in CF after taking out the curve in princess seams.  I actually add length to the rest of the bodice to match CF.  It's about 3/8".  In all other patterns I just eliminate the bust dart.  Furthermore, drafting is easier to learn with a small bust.  You don't have to add width to the front, just divide chest measurement by 4 and your ready to go.  Frankly I'm developing my own theory on that.  I personally think that it would be more accurate to draft to the high bust measurement and then add to SF for bust.  That way you can get a more accurate bust dart too, leave all those "standard" charts in the dirt.  You know what I'm saying?

  2. From my Stash.... | | #2

    I used to be in your situation and became very frustrated trying to get shirts and jackets to fit.  I became very good at fitting princess seams since I could adjust them more easily to actually fit me.

    Alas, I prayed for a larger bust and got it, I just didn't plan on the additional overall weight gain that made it possible.  (I'm still not large, but my fitting challenges now focus on other areas.) 

    Having said that, you may want to try the Silhouette's pattern line - they are drafted for various cup sizes and Peggy Sager's fitting premise is to start with measuring a well fitting existing garment to select the pattern size and start from there.


  3. jaeng | | #3

    I attatched 2 files, it might help you do

    alteration for small bust and shoulder.

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