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working on french cuffs

Rmalquerdia | Posted in Patterns on

Hello! I am new to this site. Its nice to know you are all out there for help and support. I thought you might be able to help me i am working on changing the collar and cuffs an a shirt for my boyfriend. Ive done this before but want to suprise him with french cuffs this time around. How do I find out the size of the cuffs? Or better yet how do i draw a patter for french cuffs? Please help, i’m lost! Thanks to anyone who can help me on this project.


  1. user-238478 | | #1

    Do you have a library close by?  Take a look at David Page Coffin's Shirtmaking Book for information on shirt cuffs...  If you like to make shirts, or want to know more about the topic, it is an excellent resource.

    Let us know how it all turns out....

    Nancy R.

    1. Rmalquerdia | | #2

      Thank you for that recomendation I will take a look at this book! And yes shirt making is my favorite and I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks a million!!!!!

  2. Fruzzle | | #3

    I just added a pair of french cuffs to a blouse I made. Here's how I did it ... disclaimer, this *worked*, but I dunno if it is the "right" technique!

    1. I measured the size of regular cuffs on a blouse I already own.

    2. I compared the width of the cuff to the width of the end of the sleeve on the garment I was making, to make sure they would fit.

    3. I doubled the length of the cuff so that it would fold over into a french cuff shape.

    4. I traced a rectangle using the measurements from steps 2 & 3, and then I added seam allowances. This was my new cuff pattern.

    5. I interfaced my fabric and then cut 4 cuffs from the pattern.

    6. I sewed three sides of the cuffs and then turned them inside out & pressed them. Then I pressed in the seam allowances on the fourth side.

    7. I sewed up the sleeve seams, leaving about 2.5 inches open at the end. I clipped the seam allowances at the end of the sewn seam, and turned them under to make a neat placket.

    8. I sewed the cuffs to the sleeves, and added buttonholes.

    9. I pressed in the turn-over seam on the cuffs.

    10. I raided my husband's dresser for cufflinks. :)

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