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Altering cuffs on french cuff shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bryce330, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. bryce330

    bryce330 Senior member

    Feb 18, 2003
    Is it possible to alter a shirt with overly loose french cuffs?

    I know that on button cuff shirts you can just move the buttons over a little to tighten the cuffs but is there anything that can be done for french cuffs?
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

    Feb 17, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Use tighter cufflinks? Maybe shrink them by soaking them in ultra hot water? Have the cuffs remade with white fabric, tighter? I really don't see how the original cuffs could be recut any tighter. I wish it were possible, as some of my shirts have this problem.
  3. Charley

    Charley Senior member

    Feb 18, 2005
    Senior VP - Follies and Gewgaws
    I just had this done to some shirts. The cuffs were too large, and too loose. It is more of a job than it first appears.

    I first thought that the tailor could simply sew up a bit of the bottom of the hole on each side, and extend it at the top to compensate. That was going to look pretty bad, and would not solve the large cuff problem.

    Hold the cuff as if it were linked closed. Then move one side up so that the bottom fabric edge makes contact with the top of the hole from the other side. I believe that is the amount that will have to be removed - at a minimum. Then a new hole will have to be cut and bound. It will also require removing the cuff, adjusting the placquet, and maybe the sleeve diameter.

    Button cuffs are easier to adjust a bit.
    An alternative I did not look at - and should have - would be to simply convert them to button cuffs while they are removed.
  4. Margaret

    Margaret Senior member

    Apr 7, 2006
    If it's a patterned shirt, I'd think it would be easier to simply replace the cuffs with contrasting white cuffs, instead of trying to alter an existing cuff.

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