Choosing the right size to make is one of the most important things you can do.
If you have a large bust and chose a size using that measurement then it is unlikely you will get a good fit in the neckline and shoulders, and that area will end up being oversized. If you have a larger bust, you should always choose the size based on your high bust measurement. You can then add any alterations needed to make your full bust fit as well, such as an FBA for sewing or short rows for knitting.
Full Bust: What you would normally think of as just ‘bust’. It is the measurement around the largest part of your chest.
High Bust: This is the measurement around your body, directly under your underarms.
If you do not have a large bust and clothes normally fit you without having to size up for your chest then you can just use your normal bust (full bust) measurement when choosing a size.
If you have a large bust you might find you typically have to size up in clothing to get it to fit over your chest. When you make your own clothing, the better way to do this is to make the size the rest of your body needs (i.e. the size based off your High Bust) and then do an adjustment for your Full Bust. This means your shoulders and neckline will fit perfectly because they haven’t been made larger to account for a bigger bust. In this case, you would do a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) which is usually straightforward and will not change your neckline or sleeve size.
Now that you’ve chosen the proper size to make sure the neckline, shoulders and bust sized properly you are on the right track to a successful fit!
We’re having a Sew-Along! Join us from the 10th – 19th of May. I’ve put together lots of detailed videos to guide you through making a Josie and we’re going to have our own little community hub where our group can share progress with each other.
Although there will be a general timeline of steps that we go through together don’t worry if you are going at a different pace! It will be a very laid back journey with lots of help for whenever you’re ready for it. Visit this page to sign up for the Sew-Along: https://www.experimentalspace.com/josie-blouse-sew-along/ Hope to see you there!
Pattern:Casey Sweater by Experimental Space Fabric: Sloths in Lilac French terry from Lilly and Mimi Fabric Shop Little Bits: 200m Gutermann sew all thread, 3x 19mm Prym cover buttons
Size: Cara (35) Mods: None
I forgot to share my Sloth Casey with you! These adorable little guys made for a very sweet and snuggly Casey and I’m totally in love with the buttons. The sloth material is a medium French Terry and the contrasting fabric is a t-shirting material. I made the buttons using cover buttons and decided to use their cute little faces for the buttons and I love how it turned out!
It makes me so happy to wear this one. Now I can sit around being slothy on the weekends in my slothy sweater.
2019 marks the start of a huge change for me. I’ve now said goodbye to my job of 15 years to work on my patterns full time. Which is both exciting and terrifying! I decided I needed to focus more time on Experimental Space than it was getting so have taken the leap! I am very much looking forward to spending all of my time on something I enjoy so much.
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me so far. The sewing community is so lovely, like a big welcoming family. I can’t wait to see what happens in 2019