Added Oct 16, 2013
Plano, Texas, Un...
Measuring an armhole is a tricky thing to get accurate because of the curved line. You have to start with the stitching line since the outer edge of different pattern curves can be different lengths for the same stitching line. Also, the stitching line to be measured needs to eliminate the beginning and ending seam allowances, so that comparisons to the sleeve head are easier. Once you understand the armhole measurement, measure the sleeve head to see what ease is drafted in. If you have a woven pattern and want the fabric to be a knit, you will want less ease (approximately 1/2 inch for a knit sleeve head or less) or if you want a jacket made in leather you will definitely not want a lot of ease in the sleeve head. I personally don't like a front armhole of a knit top with less than 8 inches in length because it feels too tight to me.
SA Curve Mini Ruler
SA Curve Measuring Wheel
Find out more about our three fabulous courses starting this week!
Choose from one of 5 popular dresses.
Member Project of the Week
Kick off party dress season with this cute greenery covered dress.
See Meg's picks and get them at a special price with an extra discount for Black Friday
Sewing & Techniques
See how Meg made this edgy dress using the Janome Artistic Edge Digital Cutter!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.