Monday, March 08, 2010


We've had a long weekend this week - the perfect opportunity to get stuck into my Big Girls Blouse Month sewing!

One way to tackle sewing for a bigger-than-B bust is to look out for patterns that include separate pieces for different cup sizes - generally A, B, C and D. Even if you're larger, the D pattern is probably going to be a better place to start your adjustments than the standard B.
A number of the pattern companies have started to release patterns like this, and I think the Simplicity ones are the easiest to find - they are all together in a special collection called A, B, C & D cup sizes.
McCall's also have multi-cup size patterns, which they call "Made-For-You", and Vogue have "Custom Fit", but there doesn't seem to be an easy way to search for them.

I figured the multi-cup size patterns would be a good place to start my busty sewing, and decided on Simplicity 2614:

I'm making view D (the pink one in the middle), but with the collar tie, and in that cute blue-green polka dot cotton.

Besides the multi-cup sizing, another thing I loved about this pattern is that there is no no zip or buttons since the back and lower front are cut on the bias!

I haven't worried about making a muslin for this, since the ease is fairly generous, but in the interest of improving my fitting skills I did take the time to do my very first tissue fitting!

ooops, apparently blogger only wants to upload photos sideways now...
does anyone know why that happens?

I followed a very excellent video tutorial, which I found over at Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing, which happens to be one of my very favourite blogs at the moment.

Now I'm all cut out and ready to sew, and hopefully by Wednesday I'll have a finished top to share! =)



  1. Yes, it is very handy that they now have A B C and D cup sizes pieces. Much easier to adjust!! I try to make a muslin, it seems to help and I use some OK but cheap fabric in case it turns out good enough to wear!! Oh it's very exciting!! Sew more quickly!!!

  2. I had no idea that patterns came in cup sizes... I have a lot to learn still!

  3. That's a lovely looking pattern - I can't wait to see how it looks when you finish.

    There's an interesting discussion thread on talking about Made-for-you and other custom fit patterns. A couple of readers have posted their research on pattern numbers that are MFY. See here for details.

  4. Ooh! I've never noticed the cup size patterns before! I love the one you're working on at the moment. It will look really good on you!


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