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First, you will need to measure the armscye (that is, the distance along the curve from point U through point M to point Y). There are several ways of doing this. I sometimes use a ruler - I set the ruler up to measure the first 2 cm (inch) and then pivot this distance along the curve to measure the next 2 cm (inch), and so on. When the curve gets very steep, then I measure a shorter distance before pivoting. This results in a (somewhat imprecise) measurement. A better way is to use a cloth tape measure or a piece of thread or string (embroidery thread is good for this), and drape it around the curve, then use the straightened cord to measure off the distance. The next step consists of replacing the point L with the point b, and extending the line from point "a" to "b" upwards one third of the armscye measurement obtained by the means described above. Mark this point "c".

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    Aug 20, 2012, 02.42 AMby Ranjith

    While thanking your teaching , one question to be ask. My armscye depth is 25.5 cm. Adding of 2.5 cm A to B comes 28 cm. Hence armcye comes 54.cm. In according to Step 21 “a” to “c” is 18 cm. I feel it is too long. Please help.

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      Aug 24, 2012, 03.51 PMby gedwoods

      None of these blocks are perfect – for the most part they are developed for an “average person” and a certain range around this. I can only say, you may have to experiment to get this to work for you. If you don’t trust my instructions, try yours and see how it works out. Or try mine anyway, and then figure out where you need to adjust it. You’re going to have to go by trail-and-error… there really is no other way, unless you have years of experience adjusting clothes, and then it’s because you’ve done the trial-and-error so many times it’s all implicit knowledge…

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    Sep 20, 2011, 12.38 PMby staticstasy

    Thank you very much for posting these instructions because they appear to be the only clear shirt drafting instructions on the internet! I just have a little question. In step 21 do you measure the 1/3 of the armscye measurement from a or b?

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