Princess Seams: Shoulder vs. Armscye
Okay… in the message from Carol Fresia here:
she mentions that we should use princess seams that go to the shoulder, and not the arm.
So when I looked in my pattern stash… I noticed all but ONE had the princess seam to to the arm!
Now it is an interesting pattern: McCall’s 8804, “The Perfect Vest” by Palmer/Pletsch (the Fit Experts). It has 4 different vests… each with a different fitting type: princess to shoulder, princess to arm, double dart (long and bust) and finally a looser one with just one shoulder dart (per side).
It seams that the vest with the armscye princess seam fits closer/better than the shoulder princess. I’ve attached a scan of the pattern envelope.
I found it difficult to find patterns that have shoulder princess (hard to do with the Butterick/McCall’s/Vogue site)… but eventually found that http://www.patternshowcase.com/ had a good search method that gave over 100 patterns with princess seams (both types).
What I would like to see in Threads (and I did look in the _Fitting Your Figure_ book and the Threads back issue search) would be a discussion of WHICH princess style is better, and perhaps a way to convert one type to another (arm to shoulder, shoulder to arm).