Full Bust Adjustment on a Pleated Bodice

Here’s how I went about a FBA on the pleated bodice of Vogue 1025.


  • Paunnet May 28, 2012

    Thank you so much for this, I’m always looking out for FBA tutorials!

  • Tanya May 29, 2012

    Your dres looks lovely on you!! It was quite interesting on how you did your Full bust ajustment. Last week, I too attempted to do a FBA on a vogue pleated bodice that wraps over the bust – the V8784 wrap dress. I drew and cut the 3 lines, just as you’ve described above – but my line 2 missed the two pleats altogether (a bit of laziness on my part!). As I have a short torso, I found that I had to rejoin line 3 back to the original pattern! And also had to shorten the side to the left of line two and then used a french curve to redraw the armhole to match the original armhole , as the FBA had shifted it so much!! I found that on my muslin, I had to take in the side seams a bit and tapered it to the waist. By the end of it I was turning the air blue from how much I was getting frustrated by the whole thing!!!

    In your case, all you need to do is redraw the arm hole to your comfortable requirements, as it is a sleeveless garment. If facings are required for the armholes , then it is easy to redraw them.

  • laura June 07, 2012

    I really wish I had the guts to attempt this on a couple of my dresses, I could really do with a little bit of fine tuning but I am scared to ruin them!

  • Rachel June 11, 2012

    gosh that’s clever. Good on you!

  • Casey July 11, 2012

    Thank you!
    I have been trying to work out a FBA on this http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/112011-v-neck-cocktail-dress-with-starburst and have struggled with the pleats! So helpful!

  • Molly Groman July 12, 2012

    I loved the way you have made it look so simple! I loved it I know if i try to make it on my own, it wont be as easy, anyways thank you a TON for sharing it with all of us here!

  • Lauren January 15, 2013

    Thank you for this super clear tutorial! It’s wonderfully helpful.

  • Tiffany April 26, 2013

    You are amazing! Thank you for the tutorial. I have spent hours online an reading about this process and never quite understood the process. I have to make a fairly large adjustment and my end result of the pattern never came out looking like the example. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it correctly. Now my end result closely resembles yours and I understand the process now. Thank you, you’re a gem!

  • Jenny from Australia March 01, 2014

    Congratulation and Than kyou a million times over. I have spent hours and dollars on books, searching for what you told me in 5 simple steps. Brilliant. I am working on Vogue 1194 which is similar but cut on the bias. Well done.

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