Guide To Bust Adjustments

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Learning how to make a bust adjustment on your sewing patterns will make the single biggest difference to the fit of your garments. In this class, we cover everything you need to know.

In this class, we teach you how to make a bust adjustment by breaking down the basics of how shaping is created around the bust and how it can be manipulated to fit each individual. We then work through several different types of bodice designs and show how each one can be adjusted for a small or full bust.

We discuss why and how fitting the bust is important. We discuss how patterns are drafted and how that relates to your body. We show you exactly how to take your measurements and how to use them to plot relevant adjustment points on your patterns.

Then we discuss exactly how to calculate what kind of adjustment you need to make before visually explaining how to adjust for both small and full busts – including Single Dart Bodices, Double Dart Bodices, French Darts, Shoulder Darts, Princess Seams, Knit Patterns, Grown On Sleeves, Raglan Sleeves, Waistless Patterns and Empire Line Designs.

We leave no stone unturned and even provide a detailed worksheet that you can print off and use alongside the class.

Click on any lesson marked “SAMPLE LESSON” to preview the study mode…

You do not need to follow along with your own pattern in this class but, if you wish to, you will need the following tools and materials:

★ Your downloadable worksheet

★ A sewing pattern that you wish to adjust

★ Additional pattern paper (we use art paper on the roll)

★ Tape (we use Scotch Magic Tape)

★ Tracing Paper (we use Swedish Tracing Paper)

★ Paper Scissors

★ A ruler (we use a 2 x 18" drafting ruler)

★ A dressmakers ruler, french curve or hip curve

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