Thursday, 20 January 2011

Pattern Cutting #1: Help! What's my 'bust separation'?!?

Can anyone out there help me please? I'm trying to complete my bodice block 'homework' from college, but I've reached a stumbling block relating to the term 'bust separation'...eek! I've tried looking online and in my comprehensive sewing books, but it seems that there are so many different ways of drafting patterns and my head is ready to explode.

If you can see the images below clearly, I'm trying to plot point 22, which looks simple enough. I've got my bust line plotted, but the directions for point 22 are: bust point – half bust separation, applied from centre front. What on earth is a 'bust separation'??? Can anyone shed some light on this? I'm so eager to progress that at this point I don't even mind exposing my sheer lack of knowledge!



 Anyway, thanks in advance for any guidance. I appreciate it wholeheartedly!

9 comments:

  1. Bust separation is the distance between your 2 bust points (n**ples in non sewing terms!!)
    Px

    ps. Is that an Aldrich drafting book? Looks familiar...

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  2. Basically, measure between your 2 "ahems". Divide that measurement by 2. Now measure that amount from your centre front line, along the bust line and mark that point as 22. That is your bust point. If this makes no sense to you, let me know. You can email me: kitschycoo@hotmail.co.uk if I can help any further

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  3. Looking at the picture, my guess is that bust separation is the distance between your bust apexes. I hope I'm not completely wrong, I fear I may be exposing my own sheer lack of knowledge.

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  4. I'm pretty sure it means to measure your bust just from apex to apex and cut that measurement in half.

    Good luck in your flat pattern course!

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  5. Sounds to me like "bust separation" is the distance between bust points (nipples, if you will). Can't think of anything else it could be.

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  6. Haha, brilliant! It seems so obvious now, but last night I really had no idea...but I know my blogging friends would come to the rescue ;o)

    Thanks so much all, you're amazing. And Portia...you may regret giving me your email address. I'll find out about the book, it belongs to my tutor and I din't quite catch it's title.

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  7. Hi Marie, I think we did it as half the distance of 18 to 19...not entirely sure but we probably asked! I don't remember any nipples being involved, but we may well have got it wrong...bit worried now!!! I'm stuck on the final fitting bits now...I may have to leave it til next week! x

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  8. Hey Katherine, I'm impressed that you looked at my blog more than once ;o) Maybe half of 18-19 is the equivelant of the whole nipple measurement thing. I'll try both and see which looks right. I've difinitely gone wrong with some of my other measurements though, so I have to go back and double check each step..hmmph! Be nice to get to cut stuff out on Wednesday though!

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  9. Lol, email anytime you like. :)

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