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mens jacket sleeves alterations

rsew | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am shortening the sleeves & lining of a mens jacket.  I have already shortened the fashon fabric of the sleeve one inch and pressed the hem in place only.  I still have to shorten the lining.  My question is do I shorten the lining by one inch also & do I join the lining to the fashon fabric  at the bottom of the sleeves stitching a seam?                 

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  1. sewornate | | #1

    You need to shorten the lining the same amount as you shortened the sleeve.  To shorten one inch,  Fold it up one inch and press. You probably do not need to cut this off.   Be sure to blind stitch the lining to the sleeve the same distance from the edge as it was originally done.  To do these sleeves to look professionally done, you should be sure to move the interfacing up.  If a fusible was used originally, you may need to add a piece of fusible interfacing.  Slip stitch the lining to the sleeve and resew any buttons on the vent of the sleeve.  Basically, you use the original sleeve as your guide.  If the sleeve is mitered at the fold, recreate that as the original was done.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Good advice from sewornate; just make sure to restore the lengthwise ease in the lining. Usually, men's jacket linings are cut about the same length as the finished sleeve but then folded up and catch-stitched loosely to the top of the finished sleeve hem. The excess lining then hangs in a neatly pressed fold about a half inch above the finished sleeve edge. When the wearer bends his arm, the lining has an inch of ease, so the outer fabric isn't stressed or bunched with movement.

    1. rsew | | #3

      thank you for the information.

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