i've never done an FBA before because i've never sewn any tops or dresses, but i have a theory on an easier way to do them, and i want to see what everyone thinks of my idea.
patterns are drafted for a B cup, right? so if i figured out what my bust measurement would be if i were a B cup instead of a DD cup, cut that size, but then graded out at the bustline to the size i actually am, would that work?
for example, my measurements are 37-29-37, so i usually cut a size 14 and then cut the waist a little bigger. if i tried my theory, i'd subtract 3 inches from my bust to get 34" which is a size 12, so i'd cut a size 12 at the shoulder, and then a size 14 for everything else.
so would this maybe work, or am i completely crazy?
i found THE pattern i've been searching for to reproduce a dress i saw on marilyn monroe once, but unfortunately it's a vintage pattern. the pattern is the one in the lower right in this picture: http://selfishseamstress.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/p1060204.jpg does anyone know where i could find a similar pattern that's still in print, or perhaps a pattern that would be easy to alter? mostly i'm not sure how to do the pleated top.
if you wanted to alter a regency style dress, you could maybe detach the skirt part and add a band underneath the the bust, then attach the skirt to that. if you wanted to create a new dress, it wouldn't probably be that hard to take a victorian pattern and just move the waist up a few inches.
hey can i ask you a few questions about the construction? i just bought this pattern sunday and sat down to start it tonight, and i found the pattern layout they suggest to be pretty confusing. did you notice this? i laid mine out completely differently and ended up with a maybe 8 inches of fabric that i didn't even need to buy (i bought 1 yard to make the size 14, and only used 3/4 of the yard, if that). also, did you find that the top fits pretty loosely? i haven't sewn anything yet, but i feel like it's going to be an inch or two too big in the bust.
do we still have threads for each new episode? i don't regularly watch the show, but apparently i just caught the tail end of episode 2 of season 7, and i'm thinking of watching the rest of the season. i'd love to have a place to discuss it!