In my latest post with Craftsy, it’s all about the bust! The class Adjust the Bust with Kathleen Cheetham is literally an entire class focusing on making bust alterations when sewing. And at the end of this post, you can enter to win a copy of the class!
Full bust and small bust adjustments (FBAs and SBAs respectively) are keywords you see all over the sewing blogosphere. Quite frankly, it took me quite some time to grasp that if you’re larger than a B cup, you’re usually best served by selecting a pattern size by going by your high bust measurement, not your full bust. Yes, this isn’t going to work out 100% of the time… my best-fitting TNT blouse pattern is a vintage McCall pattern from 1942, and the pattern size is 1″ larger than my full bust measurement. But typically, I used to find myself swimming in bodices that were meant to be more fitted, because I was sewing the wrong size! Yet even once I came to that realization, I’ve still somehow been a little scared to try out a full bust adjustment. Silly, but true. I’ve had success with a couple of patterns that didn’t need one, but I know those tides will turn.
If this is an issue close to your own heart, then the Adjust the Bust class is worth checking out. There are lots of bust adjustment tutorials online, but sometimes that doesn’t quite fit what you’re specifically looking for. I know that’s stopped me in the past… “This is a great tutorial if the bodice pattern looks like X, but what if it looks a bit more like Y?” I know I have a tendency to be kind of literal when making alterations until I get the hang of things, so seeing several examples together can be helpful.
In the class, Kathleen seems to cover almost everything! Adjusting length and back waist measurements, adjusting bodices with no darts, bodices with side darts, and bodices with princess seams, adjusting armholes, blending sizes together… and all for both larger and smaller busts. So there’s something for almost everyone.
And if you’re like me, and it helps you to understand the bigger picture by seeing different kinds of examples and not just one, then you’ll really enjoy Kathleen’s approach in this class.
I had no idea it could be so engrossing watching a class devoted to such a specific topic, but it sure is for me. If you’ve been unsure where to start when making adjustments to the bust of your bodices, Adjust the Bust will arm you with a ton of information. I’ve been diving into this class and I’m working on my first full bust adjustment right now… wish me luck.
Enter the giveaway!
One lucky winner will get a FREE copy of Adjust the Bust, thanks to Craftsy!
Here’s how to enter. It’s easy:
- If you’re new to Craftsy, register for a free Craftsy account OR
- If you’re already a Craftsy member, simply sign in and enter the giveaway
There’s one entry per person. The giveaway will close on Saturday, June 28th at 1pm Central Time. Craftsy will randomly draw a winning entry and contact the winner. So get your entry in. Good luck!
(This is a sponsored post with Craftsy, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.)