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shortening sleeves

adeana | Posted in General Sewing Info on

how do you shorten sleeves on a tailorered jacket when there are functional buttonholes ?     thanks for the help


  1. mimi | | #1

    Are you talking about shortening the pattern before you cut it out or altering the sleeve after the fact?  The first would be easy [shorten the length of the sleeves at the line marked for such things on the pattern], the second I would leave to a professional.


  2. mainestitcher | | #2

    In the case of an already made garment:

    What I've done is pick out the button holes, shorten the sleeves, and carefully re-stitch the buttonholes by hand. The original buttonhole on the outermost layer is re-used as placement for the new. Because the cuts made for the buttonhole remain, you pretty much have to shorten both sleeves the same amount or the re-stitched buttonholes will be uneven.

  3. Susan -homedecsewing | | #3

    depending on your skill level , it could be made shorter from the shoulder. how much shorter are you going ? Susan

    1. adeana | | #4

      it needs to be made about 2 in shorter- too much to do from the top -but thanks for the idea

      1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #5

        I have taken up to 3 '' from the top before. as you transfer marking the edge I would gradually taper to 1'' under the arm to give some width to the cap.Unless it's for a person with fat arms, it can be done . I admit its more work, and the fabric dictates how much give there would be . Is it your garment or for a client? Susan

        1. adeana | | #6

          it is for a client-I do alterations, but this is something I haven't mastered the technique for so i appreciate your input-adeana

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