|SELECTING CORRECT PATTERN SIZE
MEASUREMENT FOR FRONT ARMHOLE WIDTH
Since a garment hangs from the shoulders, it must fit correctly at the shoulder, neckline and armhole areas. These areas rarely change if weight is gained or lost. The bust and waistline are easily altered, but the upper body is very difficult. Therefore, it is best to purchase a pattern by front armhole width.
1. Stand braless wearing a camisole in front of a mirror and look for your armhole crease. Where your arm meets your body, a crease forms in your skin (the place where the side of your chest joins with the side of your arm. A crease will be there, right at the top of arm/chest separation).
2. Place the 1-inch end of the tape measure ABOVE this crease. I mark my body with a felt marker. You can tape the tape measure to your body if you have no one to help you.
3. Measure across the front of your chest to the 1-inch mark ABOVE the crease on the other side. This is the normal stitching line in the garment.
4. Round off to the nearest half inch.
SIZING CHART FOR ARMHOLE WIDTH
The sizing chart changes every half inch. The key to remembering your size is that 14 inches happens to be a misses' size 14.
Front Width: 12 inches; use Misses' size 6, Junior size 5.
Front Width: 12 1/2 inches; use Misses' size 8, Junior size 7.
Front Width: 13 inches; use Misses' size 10, Junior size 9, Half-Size 10 1/2.
Front Width: 15 inches; use Misses' 18, Half-Size 18 1/2, Women's 38.
The Sew/Fit Manual by Ruth Oblander and Joan Anderson. Available at marcytilton.com, "My Favorite Things" page.
The Busy Woman's Fitting Book by Nancy Zieman with Robbie Fanning (nancysnotions.com). A new edition will available at her website.