How to do a Full Bust Adjustment on the Bondi Top
Updated: Nov 26
The Bondi top is a simple boxy top with not much shape built in. It is meant to be loose and drape. However, you may find that you have a little bit of pulling around the chest area, or you may be making the top too big to accomodate your chest and finding it swimming around your waist and hips.
Tip 1: Determine if you need an FBA
Start by taking your measurements: Upper Bust, Bust, Waist. These are the measurements that we will use to determine if you need an FBA. If your Upper Bust and Waist are the same size (For example: Medium Upper Bust and Medium Waist) however your Bust measurement is larger (For Example: a size Large) Then you most likely need a Full Bust Adjustment.
Tip 2: Trace the Smaller Size
If you have determined that your Upper Bust and Waist are the same size/smaller than your Bust, then trace the size smaller first. You will do the Full Bust adjustment to increase the cup size of the pattern AFTER the pattern is traced out. So if your Upper Bust and Waist is a medium, trace a size Medium and then grade out to what ever size you need to for your Hips.
Tip 3: Evaluating Fit
If you can't tell if you need a FBA from your measurements, have a look at the pull lines in the image below. If you already made a test garment and see these pull lines then you may find doing a FBA will help with the fit of the garment.