Monday, August 8, 2011

Cut once, measure...4 times?

Last time I was at Fabricland I bought some fabric that was on sale without having a project in mind. I've decided to make a shirt, which has brought up 2 issues: 1) shipping on patterns (specifically Simplicity patterns) to Canada is ridiculous! I was trying to avoid making the loooong trek up to Fabricland again, but I'm not paying as much for shipping as for the patterns. So I have to make another trip north.

Also, 2) measuring. I fit perfectly into one size on the bottom. When I measured my bust, it seemed to be a size smaller; no problem. And then I started reading about Full Bust Adjustment, based on the fact that patterns are supposedly all built around a B cup. Which I am not. According to my reading, if there is a difference of more than 2 1/2" between the bust and the high bust, you should do a FBA. But when I made those two measurements, there was only 1" difference. Which, visually, seems suspect, if you know what I mean. So I measured again...and got completely different numbers. Third time, third set of numbers. So clearly I don't know where I should actually be measuring, which is frustrating. I guess I should take the highest numbers for each? In which case my bust is right in the same size as my hips (lookit me, a perfect pattern fit), and I *do* need to do the FBA.

Whew. Just wait until I get to fitted shirts and dresses, when I have to shorten the back by 2 inches.


  1. OMG, it's going to be so great to do that back-shortening thing though! I can't imagine what it'd be like to wear a dress that doesn't bunch up in the back.

    I don't know what to tell you about where to measure... I've had to do my measurements a few times for costumers and they usually send strict instructions. Maybe you can find some? (You probably already did.)

  2. I have pretty detailed instructions about where, it's just how that seems to be eluding me. The number seems to change dramatically with a little shift of the tape. I should stop thinking about it so much and just try something!

  3. Urg, all this math (and spatial relationships, NOT my talent) are freaking me out!