Guide To Bust Adjustments

Learning to adjust the bust on your sewing patterns will make the single biggest difference to the fit of your garments. In this course, we cover everything you need to know and more!

⏱ 4 Hours | 26 Lessons



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Learn how to do bust adjustments for both full busts (FBA) and small busts (SBA). Get the great fit you deserve and learn all about adjusting the bust!

In this course, we teach you how to do bust adjustments 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 adapted 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 bust adjustment points on your patterns.

Then we discuss exactly how to calculate what kind of bust adjustment you need to make before visually explaining how to do bust adjustments 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 as you learn how to do bust adjustments.

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What You Will Need

You do not need to follow along with your own pattern in this course 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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I had purchased this class mainly for the more unusual FBAs – the no darts and raglan sleeves and grown on sleeves etc. But watching this through is one of the most thorough explanations I’ve ever encountered! I can’t wait to get to work on fitting my Vogue dress sloper pattern!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I am in the middle of taking this class and this is SO GOOD, thanks thanks thanks! After sewing all the Vogue Custom Fit collection I am finally going to be able to use any other pattern! Thanks so much!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m really loving this online class. Thanks for producing such a comprehensive class xx⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Definitely was worth the small amount of money. !!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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