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Alteration Shop Techniques: How to Lengthen Jacket Sleeves

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Learn how a pro lengthens jacket sleeves with a fabric extension.

The second part of my discussion on altering a jacket’s sleeve length is for those of you who need to lengthen jacket sleeves on your me-made garments or upcycled finds.

If you have the opposite issue, see Part 1 of my Alteration Shop Techniques post on how to shorten jacket sleeves.

When you need to add length, it helps to have fabric that matches the garment. However, it’s not the end of the world if you use found fabrics to complete the task. Try to find fabric of similar weight to the existing garment fabric, and the alteration will work out fine.

Just as with the instructions for shortening a jacket’s sleeves, this method is not complicated. There is, however, an added step to attach more fabric to the garment’s original sleeves and lining in order to extend their length.

My jacket sleeves were too short

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  1. susanmountain | | #1

    I think it is nicer to add the sleeve lining length further up the sleeve, maybe halfway up the arm, then the public do not see the added length at all, especially if a different shade of lining

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    pamhoward | | #2

    Yes, that is an option for sure! It would require you to attach the extra length in 2 places, but you would have your desired result of a matched lining :-)

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