My first FBA (Full Bust Adjustment)

If I haven’t made it clear by now: I got big boobies. Always have. I was an early bloomer so I had boobs when I was around 11 or 12. Granted, I was chubby so that hid everything nicely until they REALLY came in! By my senior year of high school I ended up with these massive breasts that boys felt rather entitled to and men ogled at despite my reminders that I WAS INDEED UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE.

*sigh*

Knits, as of late, have been my go-to projects. I lift weights, and over the past few years I’ve noticed positive changes in my physique that would potentially require lots of adjusting in the back and bust areas in order to get a proper fit. My biggest issue is that for one, I don’t have a lot of fitting experience, and two, I have so little time to work on projects right now because MOM LIFE that I’d rather do something small for my kiddo that’ll get more use, than work on a dress for two weeks in 10-minute bursts.

I probably have Spring blues which will go away shortly.

When my kiddo was still a tiny baby I made my first dress for myself out of a vintage 1960s Simplicity pattern I bought on eBay.

It’s a pretty simple design and to this day I still plan on making another as I liked it so much, but I wasn’t 100% happy with the final fit and result — but I know why now.

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I look fantastic, yeah? This is hard to admit (I am very wary about admitting any kind of vulnerability to anyone) but I wasn’t very happy at the time. I was drowning in the quicksand of postpartum depression. The fog + irritability was wreaking havoc on my daily sanity and taking a giant toll on my marriage. I get choked up thinking about difficult it was.

Side note, new moms: if you even suspect you might have PPD, get help as soon as possible. You’re not alone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You are still a super mom.

Despite my fragile mental state at the time, the project itself went very smoothly. I chose a polyester suiting fabric I’d gotten for free, and found an FBA tutorial via YouTube by Sewing Parts Online. I found it very easy to follow. Overall the whole process was good and I will happily do more FBAs in the future if needed. Right now though I’m on a massive knits kick so I won’t be fooling around with fitting for a while, tee-hee!

Regarding the dress, my measurements changed and I ended up donating the dress, but I’m still really pleased with how it went. The biggest thing I should’ve done was PRESS THE SEAMS. The whole dress looked so untidy because I didn’t press the dang seams! Thankfully nowadays I am much better about doing that and -surprise!- my makes are much more polished.

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