I have been procrastinating the start of my Knip Mode skirt a la Cidell by researching FBAs (Full Bust Adjustments). There is a plethora of information out there on the interwebs and frankly, I’m drowning. Each tutorial I read brings up more questions than answers for me. (Is this sounding like a trend to you? Because it is to me.) Karen’s probably going to say that I am thinking about it too much. I have found two methods so far that are promising (i.e., I understand them). But I still have some questions.
Let me back up a bit and tell you how I came to the conclusion that I need to add an FBA to my tops. Remember when I started my TNT (tried and true patterns) project a couple of months ago with the failed pencil skirt and drape neck top disaster?
My teacher Thea saved the day with two of the muslins. I really like the fit of my pencil skirt now (please don’t notice that it hasn’t yet been put into production yet though). Tuesday night I tried on my NL 6901 muslin again and the pendulum has swung back into the hate territory. This muslin is not salvageable. Since I had to cut off the binding due to not being able to rip the stitches out, the neckline is too huge. Overall the size is too big, yet too small in the bust. The armscyes are huge. I think I need to go down one maybe two sizes to get this to fit correctly. However, since the bust area is already too small in this size, I now know that I need to do my first ever FBA.
Which leads me to all the research I’ve been doing this week on FBAs. I’ve found tons of tutorials for FBAs using darts for woven tops. I even found a tutorial for wrap bodices. Specifically I need an FBA tute that does NOT utilize a dart and is good for knits. I found a cheater one on Debbie Cook’s site that I think my work, but I am wondering if it would make my armscye too big. Hmmmm… I guess I just have to put the big girl panties on and try it, right? *big breath*
One question that needs to be answered first though is, how much of an FBA should I make? Most patterns are drafted for B cups. I am well into C cup territory. In all my research, I have yet to find the amount per cup you should add for going up one size. Do any of you, my lovely readers, have any suggestions as to where I can find this information? My newbie sewist intuition is 1 inch, but who knows, I could be off by a mile.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. What have you been up to?