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1.8 Small and Full Bust Adjustment

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Tuesday Techniques!

Many sewing patterns cater for a standard body shape and proportions including bust cup size. They are often drafted for a B cup so if you are anything other than that it is likely that being able to make a bust adjustment will help you to get a better fit not only around the bust but across the shoulders, back and side seams.

In this Tuesday Techniques session I explain

  • how to measure your bust

  • why you need to modify some patterns to cater for larger or smaller busts

  • the factors to consider when picking your pattern size if you are not a B cup

  • the signs that you might need a bust adjustment

  • how to make a full bust adjustment on a bodice pattern piece including how much to adjust for each cup size

If you have a pattern that you want to work on then why not give these modifications a try as you watch the video.

If you have a pattern that is not a simple bodice like the one in this example e.g. a princess seam or a top with a yoke or wrap please let me know either in the Facebook Group or by email and I can share some tips and techniques to help you apply the bust adjustment for your particular pattern.

If you have any questions then I love to help so email me at and if you have any a-has or inspiration from this session let me know in the comments below.

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