One neat armscye finish.


Today I’ll show you a finish option for a lower part of the armscye, which works particularly well with cap sleeves. I see it often in RTW garments, and I found it to be very practical and neat finish.

Preparation

To do this, you will need a piece of bias strip, which you will fold in half lengthwise.
The finished width of the strip is up to you, I found that 2.3 cm (15/16”) works well with 1.2 cm (1/2”) seam allowances. And so, let’s begin.

First, you have to sew in the sleeve.

Finishing the armscye

Place prepared bias onto the face of the garment along the armscye edge, aligning raw edges. Fold the short end of the bias 1 cm (3/8”) as shown. The bias should start approximately 1 cm (3/8”) into the sleeve.

folding the ends of the bias

Sew the bias on, then finish armscye’s and sleeve’s seam allowances together, sewing off several centimetres into the bias (see the picture).

Trim the rest of the seam allowances to 0.6 cm (1/4”).

Press the bias up and away from the armscye and understitch.


Press the bias, moulding it into shape of the armscye. Baste the unattached edge of the bias to the bodice.

Press the bias in shape

From the right side, sew the bias on 0.6 cm (1/4″) from the edge of the armscye, trying to join your seam and the sleeve’s hem seam.

sleeve stitched front

And here we are, the armscye is finished and pretty. I used this technique in my Dress pattern #1306.

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Lena Merrin
Lena Merrin

A dressmaker of many years, I enjoy drafting patterns and create custom garments.