Fitting Sleeves: The Bodice Armhole


Fitting sleeves can sometimes be even more challenging than fitting pants.

Most of us have experienced strange draglines, odd twisting and general discomfort on the sleeves of at least one of our sewing projects. Finding the cause and the solution can be frustrating so today I’d like to begin a video series all about sleeves.

I’m starting this series with one of the most important elements of a good fitting sleeve: the bodice armhole. I’m starting here because it is impossible to achieve a good fitting sleeve if the armhole it is sitting on doesn’t fit. The armhole must be the correct size and shape for your body before you can even begin assessing the sleeve. Watch the video to dive a bit deeper into what a good fitting armhole looks like and how to assess if it’s a good base for your sleeve.

After you watch the video, I'd love to know if you had any insights or ah ha moments; I hope you'll share them in the comments!

If you’re interested in other tutorials and videos on the subject of sleeves, I’ve got a few of them lined up for you, just follow the links below.

Fitting Sleeves

Fitting Sleeves - Ease

Fitting Sleeves Continued

Trouble Shooting Your Bicep Girth Adjustment

Next week we’ll continue the conversation about sleeves with a walk through of the most important elements on the sleeve and how they relate to the bodice armhole. I think you’re going to find that information rather enlightening.

Thanks for watching!

All My Best,