I have learnt a new abbreviation - FBA! I need a Full Bust Adjustment.... if a full bottom adjustment exists I will probably need one of those too, tee hee
So funny............. My poor ole 'mary Christmas" dress form..looks so deformed..I just know ,she wished I would make her look more like a Barbie doll,sitting in that sewing room.
I wish I could too.hahahaha
Pattern sizes had changed over the years ,i.e. in 1931 a size 16 had a bust 34/waist 28 and today the size 16 have a bust 38/ waist 30... I use Patti Palmer rules and they work every time.
Also measure over the underwear you plan to wear with it and use the same for the fittings.
Measure making sure your fingers are not under the tape - its a skin measurement
Also, never buy a dress pattern by your hip size
There is a difference on pattern sizes: petite, misses , woman’s petite , woman’s.
Ie: size 14 misses have a back length of 16 ½ while size 14 miss petite is 15 ½. Bust, waist, hip are the same. Size 20 misses vs. size 20 Woman’s – on woman’s pattern the waist is one inch bigger.
Also American sizes differ from European sizes, ie American sizes increase the bust measurement: 1” in small sizes up to size 10 and 1 ½ between size 10 and 12 and 2” between 12 and 14. (McCall’s, simplicity ,vogue /butterick)
European sizes ( Burda) increase bust measurement by even 4cm per size until size 46, sizes 46 to 60 increase by 6cm per size.
I can send a scan copy of Pati's size charts comparision and body measurement charts as I cannot post it here because of copyrights.