I have been asked a couple of times now to expand on my comments on the Full Bust Adjustment. So I thought I would tell you a little story that I hope will explain all about why it is needed and how to choose the correct size pattern to do your FBA on.
Once apon a time there were men. To make them clothes simply and easily a tailor decided to make a standard pattern. This pattern set up standard measurements for shoulder, armscyes, body length etc and to distinguish these patterns they were referred to by the chest measurement.
Then another man decided there was money to be made by making a standard set of patterns for woman. But this man was lazy and worked out that the man’s chest measurement was the same as a ladies high bust measurement. So all he needed to do was to take the men’s patterns and to change them to a ladies pattern was to add 2” to the chest area to allow for the boobs. To distinguish these patterns they were referred to by the full bust measurement.
So what that means is if your chest or high bust is 36” as a man you would need a 36” pattern but as a woman you will need a 38” pattern, because the men did not want to confuse us ladies by not measuring the largest area of our chest.
However, what this man did not realise was that woman are not all clones and some of us have bigger boobs than others, meaning we have more than 2” difference between our high bust and our full bust. This is when the FBA came in to existance.
So to chose the correct pattern size for your body (not your boobs)
Measure your high bust
As you can see I am a 36” high bust.
So the correct pattern size for my body is a 38” Bust pattern (a 36” chest pattern + a standard 2” for my boobs as dictated by the man).
Now the correct size pattern for my body is established I now have to decide if I need to do a Full Bust Adjustment (are my boobs bigger than the 2” standard)
As you can see my full bust measures 41”. This is 3” more than my 38” Bust pattern.
I will therefore need to do a 3” Full Bust Adjustment to my pattern
I hope this all makes sense and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions on the wonders of the FBA.