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SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)

sba-process-for-verityToday, I have a step-by-step for performing an SBA (small bust adjustment) for a gathered bodice, such as the one on the Verity pattern. I have also included a sheet with step-by-step illustrations for quick reference.

For the sake of example, let’s say we have a high bust measurement of 32″ and a full bust measurement of 33″.

The Verity pattern is drafted for a C cup (or up to a D cup due to the use of knit material). So, the pattern is drafted for at least a 3″ difference between high and full bust. So, we need to choose a size which best matches our actual high bust measurement to the corresponding assumed high bust measurement. That means we would start with a size S. Since the full bust measurement is 35″ for this size, the assumed high bust measurement 32″ (35-3 = 32), which matches our actual high bust measurement. Since our actual full bust measurement is 33″ and not 35″, we need to remove 2″ across the front bodice by performing a small bust adjustment on the front bodice pattern piece.

Since the 2″ must be removed across the entire bodice, and the front bodice is cut on the fold, we will be removing 1″ from our pattern piece at the full bust.

Step 1: Hold the pattern piece up and mark the apex of the bust. Once we have the apex marked, we can draw our lines for slashing and folding.

-Draw the first line from the bottom of the bodice piece up to the apex, parallel to the center fold line

-Draw the second line from the apex up to the armscye (about 1/3 of the way up the armscye, below the notch).

-Draw a third line from the side seam out to the apex

-Draw a fourth line across the bodice piece, about 2″ up from and parallel to the bottom of the bodice piece.
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Verity Plus Size Range XL-8X Now Available

verity-xl-8x-announcementThe plus size range of the Verity pattern is now available! I received some wonderful feedback from testers, and I made some improvements that I hope will make this a pattern that people love to use and reuse. I will have a post with pictures from some lovely testers soon.

This pattern can be used to make a dress or a shirt, with sleeves or without, and it has several collar options: split cowl, regular cowl, neckband, and now a Peter Pan collar add-on. The Peter Pan collar add-on is included for free with every purchase of this pattern for a limited time. For more details and photos of the pattern variations, please see this page.

Some notes about the pattern:

– All sizes are graded out from a sample block (size 4X) that was drafted specifically for a plus size figure.

– The pattern is drafted for C-D pattern cup size (3″-4″ difference between high bust and full bust) and a height of 5’6″.

– If you are between sizes, I would suggest going with the smaller size if you prefer a more fitted look.

-If you are shorter than or taller than 5’6″, you may need to shorten or lengthen the pattern pieces accordingly. However, everyone’s body is different, so you might be 5’6″ but have a short torso, for example, or 5’4″ with a long torso. There is a detailed pattern piece measurement chart included in the instructions. This should help you know what adjustments will need to be made for your height, etc. The measurement chart also includes armhole and bicep measurements. I include those measurements for ease of pattern adjustments.
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Hint of Spring Skirt

The end of last week and this weekend was spent house hunting (Hence, the shortage of posts). The hunt has yielded results. More details later. Today’s project started as the dress below. I found this dress a while ago, started … Continue reading

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Retro sweater and progress on jacket

I found this vintage sweater quite a while back at the thrift store, and finally got around to fixing the fit. It was quite baggy and unflattering. Sorry, no before picture. I simply took it in about one and a … Continue reading

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Pleated Blue Dolman Sleeve Blouse

Today’s reconstruction began as this fabulous dress. There was just so much going on with this dress. I knew it was going to take a lot of tweaking to make this remotely wearable. I look like I’m wearing some strange … Continue reading

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Cropped Houndstooth Vest

I purchased the pencil skirt below at the thrift store for $.99. It was too long for my taste, so I had to trim and hem it to a more appropriate length. When I realized how much material would be … Continue reading

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Purple Panache Dress

My second thrift store project for the week began as the dress below.     For some reason, even when I stood stock-still, the pattern blurred in most of the pictures. It has four buttons at the waist, but they’re … Continue reading

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Make ‘Em Green With Envy Jacket

My second reconstruction project for the “Remake Challenge,” started as the dress below.   I wanted to turn it into a short-sleeved jacket. The first step was taking it completely apart. I planned to use a portion of the skirt … Continue reading

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Purple Picnic Dress

I hope you can forgive my short hiatus. I’ve been hard at work, seam ripping, sewing and planning…but mostly seam ripping. I’ve been making progress on several of the reconstruction pieces for the Project Runway Remake Challenge on Burdastyle, and … Continue reading

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Epiphany Blouse and Upcoming Projects for Reconstruction Challenge

BurdaStyle is hosting the Project Runway Remake Challenge, hosted by Rowena. It is based on the challenge from the first episode of this season’s Project Runway. Here’s the gist of the contest, from BurdaStyle: “On the first episode of this … Continue reading

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