FBA for empire-style top
I have started sewing for myself again! The last few months have been quite intense work-wise, and for relaxation I have mostly been sewing miniature clothes for my doll's house people.
My first full-size sewing project is an empire-style top/camisole from New Look 6558. This style is supposedly flattering to my full hourglass figure.
I am having a devil of a time getting it to fit though. I couldn't find an online tutorial on doing a full bust adjustment on this type of top, so just made it up as I went along. The third method seemed to be the most successful, and I decided to illustrate my steps. (To see larger size images of the steps, look at my Picasa web album here.)
I started with a size 16, based on my high bust measurement (1). I needed to move the bust apex about 1 cm towards the underarm seam (2), and the pattern piece had to be lengthened by 8 cm to fit over my bust (according to measurement from shoulder down over bust apex) (3).
Here is a comparison of the original and the adjusted patterns: