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When Do You Need a Full Bust Adjustment?

A full bust adjustment must be one of the most common adjustments for people with breasts to make. Some pattern companies include multiple bodice pattern pieces with their patterns, but in most cases the front piece will be drafted for a certain cup size. In that case, you will need to adjust the front pattern piece to fit a larger bust. A look at how your RTW clothing fits you might already give you a clue. Are your button downs gaping? Your wrap tops falling open? Tight across the bust? Gaping armholes? Good in the bust but too large in the shoulders? Then you probably need one. Especially in woven garments, doing a full bust adjustment makes a huge improvement on the fit. And a better fitting garment will make you love that garment more.

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Opal Coat – & Cardigan V.2.0

Since it’s release last winter I’ve also release a free V-neck add on, because it seemed an obvious option, as other people pointed out by altering it into a V-neck. Since then I have wanted to merge the two just to make it easier for you. I’ve managed to accomplish this in the past few weeks, and the new and updated Opal Coat – & Cardigan is now available in the shop! I’ve also altered the pattern and the instructions to allow for a coatigan version in a woven fabric. The V.2.0 now features three different necklines, three hem lengths, two sleeve lengths and two pocket options. Whew!

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What You Made: Spring Edition

As you’ve probably heard from every pattern designer, seeing what people make with your patterns is just the best. Which is why Me Made May is even more exciting for us, because everyone is posting outfit posts daily, and there are always so many new makes to discover. I’ve gathered my favourites here, I hope you find some inspiration for your next projects! You can find more on our Pinterest board, and if you’d like to be featured here just tag us @paprikapatterns on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Free Opal V-Neck Add-on

When we release a pattern, we always ask for volunteers to review our new garment. When we did this for the Opal Cardigan, I noticed that several reviewers had altered the neckline into a V-neck. I really liked this alteration. In fact, I had considered including it in the pattern but at that time I was too far in the process to go back and change things. The reviewers showed that my idea was good though, so I went and made a free add-on for the V-neck alteration!

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Our Patterns in French – Vote Now

Today’s post is one especially for the French speaking sewing community. I want to translate some of our patterns into French, and I need some help to decide which ones. It’s quite simple – select the patterns you’d want to see in French, and click submit! You can select more than one pattern but we won’t translate them all so choose carefully. Thanks!

Le post d’aujourd’hui est spĂ©cialement pour la communautĂ© de couture française. Je voudrais traduire certains de notre patrons en français, et j’ai besoin d’aide pour dĂ©cider lesquels. Il est assez simple – sĂ©lectionner les patrons que vous voudriez voir en français, et cliquez submit! Vous pouvez sĂ©lectionner plus d’un patron mais nous ne pouvons pas traduire tout donc choisissez bien. Merci!