Post # 1
I am having a dress custom-made from an etsy seller and had my measurements taken by a local seamstress (the dressmaker lives in TN; I live in CA). Most of the measurements seem to check out but I had my armhole measured and when I sent the measurements over to the dressmaker, she said that my armhole size was about twice what normal measurements are. Last time I checked, I didn’t have abnormally large arms/shoulders, so now I’m paranoid. I’ve tried to check on my own, but tend to get the same results, within an inch or two.
The measurement the seamstress came up with was 18 1/4″. Does that seem absurdly large to you? I tend to wear a size Medium in women’s shirts and haven’t found the armholes to be too small. Should I go to a different seamstress to get a second opinion? I’m beginning to feel like the incredible Hulk. Whatcha think, ladies?
Post # 3
I am a seamstress, and that seems about right for a medium. You got me thinking though, so I just measured my son, who wears a sm/med in mens, and his measurement is 15 1/2″. I suggest that you go to another seamstress to be remeasured though because I think that will set your mind at ease. Another suggestion would be to go to your closet and measure the armhole of one of your shirts. That will give you a rough idea.
Post # 4
@noritake22: Thanks! I think I will try to get a second measurement from a seamstress, so I don’t worry about it too much. And thanks so much for your input, it makes me feel a lot better. I keep trying to imagine a 9″ arm hole and it doesn’t make sense to me, LOL. Except maybe on my 10 year-old niece.
Post # 5
I’d definitely measure the armhole of a dress you own that somewhat matches your wedding dress and see how that holds up!