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Adjust the Bust

The Complete Guide

with Kathleen Cheetham
Adjust the Bust
Don't let darts that point to the wrong place or straining seams ruin a perfect garment. Kathleen Cheetham shows you how to adjust for any size bust.

Busts come in all shapes and sizes, so why should your pattern only come in one? Join Kathleen Cheetham as she teaches the basics of correct measuring and finding your bust point, demonstrates full and small bust adjustments for any style of garment, and shows you how to create an ideal pattern for your body. True up your hems, side seams and armholes after alterations for a professional result, and learn tailoring skills that you can use over and over for any garment.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Kathleen Cheetham & Get Started

  • Meet Kathleen Cheetham, take your measurements and choose your pattern size.


Lesson 2. Preparing the Pattern

  • Adjust your measurements and learn how to true up the pattern and create the pattern master.


Lesson 3. Understanding the Bust Point

  • Learn how to mark the bust point and adjust bust darts and seams.


Lesson 4. Adjusting No-Dart Tops

  • Learn how to adjust hems, armholes and darts for busts, as well as slashing & pivoting.


Lesson 5. Adjusting Existing Side-Seam Darts

  • Learn all about redrafting the side seam and adjusting the hem accordingly.


Lesson 6. Adjusting Princess-Seamed Tops

  • Learn how to adjust princess-seamed tops for full or smaller busts and how to redraft the pattern.

"I have many sewing books that contain directions for an FBA, but this class was an eye-opener for me. Kathleen Cheetham's demonstrations are accompanied by clear explanations that just make sense. Loved the class - definitely worth the money."
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