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Adding a slit to a dress shirt for cuff links

idfnl

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Any recommendations out there on a turning a normally cuffed dress shirt into one that can be used with cuff links?

I took a test shirt, cut a slit and carefully sewed in circles around the edge of the cut until I created a rim. It seems to have worked fine... will this come apart eventually, please let me know before I do this to any other shirts.

I like to take these small jobs on, but is this a job better left to professionals?
 

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Ask your tailor to stitch you a buttonhole. It is relatively cheap and easy.
 

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Wouldnt it still look funny as it doesnt turn back on itself?

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Originally Posted by VKK3450
Wouldnt it still look funny as it doesnt turn back on itself?

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This kind of cuff is around. I have seen it called a "single cuff" & I think the proper name is a "link Cuff". But a true link cuff has some bulk to it and look very good IMO. It is a very traditional cuff, even it is rarely seen.

By adding a button hole you are creating a convertable cuff (a cuff that can be worn with a button or link). Not as nice a look in my opinion as true a "link cuff" as the cuff is going to have no structure to it.

If you want to wear links - go out and by some french cuff shirts or get some link cuffs shirts made - we all need more shirts anyway.
 

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Originally Posted by JeffsWood
This kind of cuff is around. I have seen it called a "single cuff" & I think the proper name is a "link Cuff". But a true link cuff has some bulk to it and look very good IMO. It is a very traditional cuff, even it is rarely seen.

By adding a button hole you are creating a convertable cuff (a cuff that can be worn with a button or link). Not as nice a look in my opinion as true a "link cuff" as the cuff is going to have no structure to it.

If you want to wear links - go out and by some french cuff shirts or get some link cuffs shirts made - we all need more shirts anyway.

Yes, I do need more french cuffs, but I have a few shirts that I absolutely love and are irreplaceable. I aviod wearing them in the most formal situations but I would love to. This seems a good compromise.

Also, regarding structure, I've noticed at times that the french cuff with a slimmer suit takes away from the line, espically with a lighter colored jacket. I think that the thinner cuff seems to look more natural to me with such a look.
 

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Originally Posted by VKK3450
Wouldnt it still look funny as it doesnt turn back on itself?

K


The "link cuff" is the most formal and elegant of all cuffs.

It is a necessity for white tie.
 

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Probably looks weird if the shirt wasn't originally made that way. Plus its too formal on "normal" dress shirts.
 

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you should turn the inside portion of the sleeve placket inward. look at both a french cuff and a button cuff. you will see what I mean.
but then the cuff has to be partially removed and set..
Just add the buttonhole and call it a day.
 

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Or, you know, just wear your barrel cuffs like barrel cuffs.
 

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Just cut the button off and poke a hole in it with a letter opener.
 

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Poke a hole in the button?
 

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Originally Posted by JeffsWood
This kind of cuff is around. I have seen it called a "single cuff" & I think the proper name is a "link Cuff". But a true link cuff has some bulk to it and look very good IMO. It is a very traditional cuff, even it is rarely seen.

By adding a button hole you are creating a convertable cuff (a cuff that can be worn with a button or link). Not as nice a look in my opinion as true a "link cuff" as the cuff is going to have no structure to it.

If you want to wear links - go out and by some french cuff shirts or get some link cuffs shirts made - we all need more shirts anyway.


Anyone got a pic of a link cuff? I'm having trouble visualizing it

K
 

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Originally Posted by idfnl
Any recommendations out there on a turning a normally cuffed dress shirt into one that can be used with cuff links?

I took a test shirt, cut a slit and carefully sewed in circles around the edge of the cut until I created a rim. It seems to have worked fine... will this come apart eventually, please let me know before I do this to any other shirts.

I like to take these small jobs on, but is this a job better left to professionals?


do you know someone who sews at home and has a machine that makes buttonholes? the home machine makes shirt style buttonholes. otherwise pay the tailor.
 

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