Gathered arm holes


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Light pink jersey Floral Eifel tower illustrated print Fitted cut Gathered arm holes Regular fit Top secured with back button-up closure. This t-shirt makes the perfect choice for everyday wear.

What are "Gathered arm holes"?

Source: LaFiesta Kids Clothing Brand

  • Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hi KokyS, "gathering" is a dressmaking or sewing technique:
    gathering (...)
    14. to draw (cloth) up on a thread in fine folds or puckers by means of even stitches.
    Gathering is a sewing technique for shortening the length of a strip of fabric so that the longer piece can be attached to a shorter piece. ... In simple gathering, parallel rows of running stitches are sewn along one edge of the fabric to be gathered. (Wiki - the picture of Paul Revere shows the effect at the shoulder and cuffs)

    Scrawny goat

    Senior Member
    English - Ireland
    It's puzzling. I wonder whether it's this type of raglan sleeve, with gathering at the armholes:
    Smock dress with white flower emboirdery
    The garment you link has a gathered cuff. To refer to this as the armhole would be incorrect. (Which is not to say that this is not the case here)
    As explained in #3, it is more usual to have a gathered sleeve fitting into a (non gathered) armhole. That's not a style thing- it's a human anatomy thing.


    Senior Member
    English UK
    To refer to this as the armhole would be incorrect.
    Indeed. What everyone's saying is that there's something odd about the description quoted in post 1.
    Is the description a translation from another language, KokyS? And do you have a picture?

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    There were 15 pages of images of this brand, too many for me to look through.
    It can only mean what's called puff sleeves.

    The top of the sleeve is gathered onto the armhole opening. Often the bottom of the sleeve is gathered too onto a band, to take in the fullness of the fabric, whether the sleeve is short or long.
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