This is a typical question from a lot of my student and subscribers. Here’s the bottom line on this: what is the hardest part to alter?
I know you’re saying all of it – well, not so fast, there really is a pecking order here and it goes something like this from easiest to hardest – at least typically it does (there are always exceptions – sorry, but just being truthful here).
OMG – This should scare the daylights out of you making any sort of shoulder alteration so that your bust and shoulder are fitted by doing this through the shoulder rather than through the bust, it gets really clear that the FBA is going to be much easier, even though that will NOT be the largest measurement, which goes against your natural instincts. After all shouldn’t you buy according to your largest measurement? Well, in this case – no!
So here’s the rule:
Buy according to your shoulder. This is also the same as your upper bust across the front of the bust. The problem with that is that this upper bust start and ending point is very hard to find. The shoulder is easier to find. Where is it? It’s at the point where your bra strap fall off – that’s the “zenith” or highest point of the shoulder – after that point the bra strap or shoulder strap falls off the shoulder. That’s a clear point. From that point, I come across to the top of the spine and base of the neck which is a little higher that if you were to measure from shoulder apex to shoulder apex.
See between the two dots on the shoulder and the dot on the neck how the neck dot is higher….this is the way to take this measurement.
Of course take half of that and measure that on the pattern, and THEN add the FBA – and if you need add two FBA’s add ’em!
So….repeat after me:
I BUY PATTERNS ACCORDING TO MY SHOULDER MEASUREMENT!!
Aaaaaaaaaaah!!! Now don’t you feel a lot better?!!!!!
OK – we now return you back you your regularly scheduled program!!!
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