How to Raise Low Armholes – Option 1

In this series of 3 posts, we discuss what to do when the armhole is too low. There are many ways of correcting low shoulders, but here we discuss the top 3 of them. The first option raises the entire garment from the shoulder seam. The second option raises the armhole position only. The third option raises the garment from the across front area instead of at the shoulder seam.

Option 1 is a quick fix if your armhole is too low and you’ve already cut out your fabric and don’t want to waste it and totally start over 😫😆

1. Pin the shoulder seams to where you want your armhole to be. Then sew this new shoulder seam.
2. Adjust necklines if needed.
3. Keep pinning out along the middle of the sleeve from the shoulder tip down towards the hem. Check the arm movement.
4. If you can move ok, you can slash out on the sleeve pattern this amount.
5. If you can’t move ok, reduce the pinned amount until you can. Then you’ll slash that amount out.
6. Measure the sleeve and see if it fits in the new armhole. If it doesn’t, you’ll lower the cap height until it fits.
7. Recut the sleeves in your fabric.
8. Remove the old sleeves and sew the new sleeves in.
9. Don’t forget to adjust facings or linings accordingly.

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