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Vanessa



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

For full bust adjustments, try joining The Sewing Forum. There's LOADS on there on FBA's, and lots of really lovely people who will help.

ALL commercial patterns (with the possible exception of the XL, XXL etc sizes) are cut for a B-cup. So any of us ladies with anything bigger than that needs to do a FBA.

However, as I know that my waist always needs cinching-in anyway, I usually make a toile to the largest size, to allow for my DD boobage, and then take it in as appropriate from there. I then cut according to my toile, not the commercial pattern.

Nell, Frankensteined patterns R us!! I nearly always do this, too. My wedding dress, when Chris and I got married, was VERY Frankensteined - so much so that I could leave the pattern envelopes lying around and he didn't have a clue what my dress would look like!

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've got a freind here who I can see occasionally (cause she is a carer for a seriouslky loopy daughter) who is a very good dressmaker. she has talked me through how to do this.

and i presume that is the b cup that would go with the chest size for a particular size. a b cup on a 38 band would be the same volume of boob as a dd cup on a 32. this is why i'm starting with a 16 or so and then ading boob and then taking in the waist. that means i need to take it up 3 not 5 cup sizes.

tell me if i'm right on the theory for this.

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The theory is correct

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

awesome.

thanks hun.

joanne



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The dress you want Nell is the exact same one Em wants for her prom unfortunately the Vivienne of Holloway dresses don't fit her shape so I'm going to have to do some sewing for her as well

I'll be having a look at that site too!

jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Is Em in year 11? Exciting time for her at the moment! How's she doing?

joanne



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes she's upstairs revising Chemistry at the moment - shed doing exceptionally well and is predicted almost straight A/A*'s - I'm so very proud of both my kids considering what they've been through over the last couple of years

Her prom is the day before her 16th birthday - my baby has grown up!

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Aw. My little bunch of reprobates (my tutor group) are year 11 too, so I get to go to the prom this year. I've had most of them since year 7, so quite a thing to see them go. The next couple of days are going to be exciting - torch malarky tomorrow morning (except for the ones in the biology exam). Tuesday - they do their English exam in the morning, then have a barbecue and leaver's assembly in the afternoon - tissues will be needed!

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 12 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

joanne wrote:
The dress you want Nell is the exact same one Em wants for her prom unfortunately the Vivienne of Holloway dresses don't fit her shape so I'm going to have to do some sewing for her as well

I'll be having a look at that site too!

do you want me to make it. I would be honoured...

joanne



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 12 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nell Merionwen wrote:
joanne wrote:
The dress you want Nell is the exact same one Em wants for her prom unfortunately the Vivienne of Holloway dresses don't fit her shape so I'm going to have to do some sewing for her as well

I'll be having a look at that site too!

do you want me to make it. I would be honoured...


Helen that would be wonderful - thank you I will talk to you this week about it

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 12 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

there is at least one 50s dress on the free patterns bit on the V&A museum website

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