To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice
There’s more to fitting an armhole, also known as an armscye, than you may think-it requires fitting the bust dart, shoulders, and side seams. And the only way I know to successfully fit an armhole is to use a muslin. For more information on armhole fittings be sure to pick up Threads #117, and don’t miss other techniques like this one by ordering a print subscription.
People with identical bust and over-bust measurements often fit into the same size and style pattern differently (see Same measurements, very different figures). The shape of your body depends on where you carry your flesh and dictates the shape of an armhole. A muslin is the testing ground-it’s the perfect place to sort out fit issues.
Same measurements, very different figures
A muslin is a test garment in inexpensive fabric, initially sewn without facings or edge finishes.…
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