The Heartbreak of Gaposis

Melissa has a question:

I also love the shirtdresses, but being fuller-bosomed, I have basically given up on owning anything that buttons down the front. any tips to prevent gapping and preserve modesty?

First — did you make sure that the pattern you’re making is the right cup size? As La Belladonna has typically reminded us, patterns are intended for a B cup. If you’re not a B cup (and it sounds like you aren’t), you have to do something called a full Bust Alteration (check out the Pattern review boards or Stitches and seams or this link for information about this).

Since I am not far enough away from a B to justify doing an FBA, I usually just make sure that the middle button is centered right between the two bust points.

Anyone else have suggestions?

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