from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an armhole (or, occasionally, a leghole) in tailoring and dressmaking
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Arm scye, a cutter's term for the armhole or part of the armhole of the waist of a garment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The opening left in a garment where the sleeve is to be attached, and shaped by cutting so as to regulate the fit and adjustment of the sleeve. Also called arm-scye.
Unfortunately, the tailor and I don't share a common language, so we couldn't get into the finer points of waist definition or scye diameter (scyes, as you know, are armholes).
On the other hand, my chest - not my bosom, my chest - measures 17 1/2 inches from scye to scye - the triangular notch in the front armhole.
My back measures 13 from scye to scye that would be the little notch in the armhole in the back pattern piece - the squarish ones.
it will cause even more odd fitting problems - it will create a very narrow back I'm 5'6", and Not a Small Person, and my back width from scye to scye is between 12 1/2" and 13" AND a correspondingly wide front - I measure 17 1/2" from scye to scye in the front.