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Subject: help with armholes - I have made some solos with good success but I have been asked to make a school's class costumes and I'm having problems with the armhole. They can't lift their arms, can anyone help me? Would it be the armhole shape or would it be the sleeve? Can anyone recommend a good pattern for both children and adult bodice with good armhole and sleeve. I'm at my wits end!

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Date Posted: Friday, December 14, 05:36:53am

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the 'hole' has to be higher...fitted under the armpit. That way when the girls lift their arms they are not pulling on the bodice of the dress. The sleeve starts above the shoulder...morebgFriday, December 14, 08:14:47am

also the seam across the top of the shoulder can't end too far out. (NT)Hop_123Friday, December 14, 03:56:33pm

thank you,I'll try that, you are always so helpful on this site. thanks so much. (NT)thanksSaturday, December 15, 06:25:58am

We had some dresses that did this altered to have a piece inserted under the arm. Imagine a long diamond shaped piece of fabric, folded over in half and fit into the underarm. I don;t know how to explain it better sorry. It meant there was no seam actually under the arm and it allowed the diamond to "open up" when the dancer lifted her arm. (NT)-Sunday, December 16, 05:45:19am

The wrinkles point to the problem. Have the dancer wear the dress and move her shoulders back and then raise her arms out to the side as in figure dancing. Watch what happens to the sleeve head. If you see deep wrinkles acrossed it, the sleeve head is likely too small. (more inside)BJMonday, December 17, 07:24:30am

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