Though I've never worked with one before I can definitely say the sizes are not like todays. They're much smaller and just going by the fact that Twiggy was a model then (and most of the designs around that time catered to her shape - or at least I think they did), you're probably going to have a hard time fitting the bust. It looks like you got them all in the same size range. The bust size, 32.5" is pretty tiny - equivalent to a 30B or 32AA-NA (btw, bust size is not your band size, add the cup to the band). If you're good with altering patterns then letting out the bust shouldn't be too difficult.
Use an old sheet for practice.
I love the first one and two knee-length dresses!
no.. the bust always fits.. I know that the bust size isn't my band size.. If i could have a perfect bra, it would be a 26E.. in that case.. a size 31-32 bust line is my size... But I find that 30 fits most of the time as well.
26E has a cup size equivolent to a 34B and you mentioned one time that you wear 34 and 36 D's. That would give you a 26G or a 26H instead if you were trying to keep the cup the same and decrease the band. Cup sizes are not the same on all band sizes, meaning a 26E is not the same cup size as a 36E, there is a 5 cup size difference between those two. It's strange that a 31" bust fits you...you look a size or two larger than me and I wear a 28F/30E in UK sizes, unless the dresses have a lot of ease in them.
i know that cup sizes are not the same..
i took my measurements like so...
around the fullest part of my bust = 31"
around my rib cage = 26"
31-26= 5 inches.. and each inch bigger than your band sizes equals one cup size..
so A=1, b=2, c=3, d=4, e=5 therefore 26E should fit perfectly.. at least that is what i found online..
I do wear a 32 D, but only because the cup fits better than a C of any size.. the band is huge.. so i resew all of my bands to get it down to at least a 30 (if i take it down more than that it ends up looking lumpy.. )
Anyway.. if it helps you really think about my size..
and 75 lbs . . .so yeah haha.. i'm pretty small..
and i've been using vintage patterns.. and they don't have much ease in them at all.. which is why i use them.. i hate having to buy patterns smaller than my measurements and still having to figure out how to make them fit better
I've included this picture.. if it helps understand?
mostly i'm REALLLYYY skinny.. so it is my EXTREMELY small rib cage/band size that qualifies me as a d/e .. but anywya... sorry my boob looks kind of lumpy.. i was wearing that gathered gold bathing suit i made for the summer.. hahahttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245235.0
I'm just glad that it seems that the 50's patterns i've found were made for women with tiny waists and larger breasts.. or maybe i'm just weird.. i've pretty much just come to that conclusion... has anyone else found this to be the truth with these patterns?? not the redone ones.. but the ORIGINAl ones?