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how do i know when my dress shirt sleeves are too long

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how do i know when my dress shirt sleeves are too long?

i normally wear CT slim fit non iron 17/37 or 17.5/36 but i think i will try a 17.5/38. i just want to know the signs of a dress shirts' sleeves being too long even if the cuffs fit correctly.
post #2 of 9
You get bunching at the wrists with your arms by your side.
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Originally Posted by letmebefell View Post
You get bunching at the wrists with your arms by your side.
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Some bunching at the wrist -- or "gather" -- can be normal. It really depends on the design of the shirt. Some makers prefer a little gather to ensure that the sleeve is long enough to stay with your wrist as you move your arms, in particular as you bend your elbow.. That's the way all my shirts were made until very recently. I have since found a maker who does not like gather, and cuts the sleeves in such a way that the cuff stays on my wrist without it.
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I think it was Carl (Shirtmaven) who once posted that with the cuffs unbuttoned the shirt should reach the crook where your thumb joins the rest of your fingers. I've found that rule of thumb works well for me.
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^^^ My CEGO shirts have gather. My Genevas don't. The CEGOs are all casual OCBDs, so I don't mind it so much. I don't really like it any more in a dress shirt.
post #7 of 9
And, I believe it was explained here, that with french cuffs they should fit a bit longer so you can see the cufflink. Although that may automatically be done already, it's only if you're doing MTM that you might want to remember to add an extra half inch or so.
Personally I prefer little to no sleeve gather, especially if the rest of the shirt is quite fitted. I'd rather roll the sleeves then have them obviously long, but that's just me.
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
I think it was Carl (Shirtmaven) who once posted that with the cuffs unbuttoned the shirt should reach the crook where your thumb joins the rest of your fingers. I've found that rule of thumb works well for me.

I found that rule when searching for info on measuring for MTM shirts from Jantzen/MyTailor.

I've always been curious as to if it only holds true for shirts worn with a jacket where they would likely ride up some as opposed to a more casual look were a jacket isn't worn. I know some here would likely argue that you're not fully dressed unless you're wearing a suit/blazer but I often find myself just wearing a shirt and pants when hanging out with friends. In that case, I think the slight bunching would look like the sleeves are too long.
post #9 of 9
Actually, I find that if anything French cuffed sleeves should be a little shorter. French cuffs never fit as snugly to the wrist as button cuffs, hence they hang down further wiith a sleeve of equal length.

Not that I bother to get my FC shirt sleeves shorter than my button cuff sleeves, just pointing that out.

However, since I tend too wear French cuffs mostly in fall/winter and button cuffs mostly in spring/summer, I get my jacket sleeves fitted wearing an FC shirt for fall/winter cloths and button cuff shirts wearing spring/summer cloth. I think it makes a slight difference.
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