Sewing & Pattern making Terms


In sewing and pattern making, the term “armscye” refers to the armhole or arm opening of a garment. It is the curved or shaped opening where the sleeve is attached to the bodice or garment body.

The armscye plays a crucial role in determining the fit, movement, and comfort of a garment, especially when it comes to sleeves. It is designed to accommodate the natural shape and movement of the arm while allowing ease of movement and flexibility.

The Armscye plays an important role for the perfect fit

When creating a garment pattern, pattern makers carefully draft the armscye to ensure it is the appropriate size and shape for the desired style and fit. The depth and width of the armscye can vary depending on factors such as the design of the garment, the intended ease, and the fabric’s properties.

A well-drafted armscye should allow for a full range of arm movement without restricting or binding the wearer. It should also consider factors like the wearer’s shoulder slope and arm position, ensuring that the garment fits comfortably and allows for easy arm mobility.

During garment construction, attaching the sleeve to the armscye requires careful stitching to ensure a smooth and secure fit. The seam connecting the sleeve to the armscye is typically eased or gathered to match the curves, providing a seamless transition between the two.

Understanding the armscye is essential for pattern makers, seamstresses, and garment sewers alike, as it influences the overall fit and comfort of a garment. By paying attention to the shape and construction of the armscye, you can create well-fitting garments that allow for ease of movement and a flattering silhouette.

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