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Trying again -- how to RAISE armhole
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Date: 2/1/14 11:52 AM

Take #2 on this question. I am sorry for blowing it last time and asking how to lower the armhole.

I'm not sure how to raise the armhole 1/2" on a princess seam bodice, which breaks up the armscye. I've searched in books and online but haven't found a method with pictures to follow. Can anyone help?

I'm working with McCall's 6076.

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Date: 2/1/14 12:04 PM

Trace the top parts of the four pieces on the seam line, cut them out except for the armscye. Tape the fronts together and the backs together at the princess seam line. (You'll be taping edge to edge because you cut off the seam line!) Then pencil in the new armscye seam line. Cut. Tape together the side seam and the shoulder seam and try it on. If it works, then cut through the tape, add the amount to all the pieces and add back the seam line.

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Date: 2/1/14 3:02 PM

Debbie, this makes sense! Thank you.

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Date: 2/1/14 5:08 PM

Making pattern alterations after removing the seam allowances and making them on the seam line is much clearer and easier to line up the pieces.

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Date: 2/18/14 5:36 PM

How did it go? High arms scyes are better feeling but they are terrible for practicing basketball in. the higher the armscye the less you can wave at the crowd...
Did you do to the sleeve (if any) to mesh with the higher armscye?
heres another tip- sometimes with princess commercial patterns, by folding out
a 1/4" across all the bodice pieces above the bustline makes for a delightful fit.
I have always made high and tight armscyes with narrow sleeves. the trick I use is adding a gusset piece in at the underarm! A bride could carry the waiters platter loaded with meals and sides for 4 with this juicy add on.
One can also add a gusset to pants crotch seams when you suddenly need
to do an arabesque .
good sewing to you

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