Lengthening jacket sleeves

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  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i had the sleeves altered on a brand new suit jacket and the tailor left one of them too short. the other one is perfect.

    has anyone had a sleeve lengthened after it's been shortened? will this leave any marks?

    i also have a few pants that were over shortened, by a different tailor, and i'd like to take care of those too. i expect that won't be a problem.
     


  2. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    You can lengthen the sleeve no problem (assuming the tailor did not cut off the extra material). Normally, the lining the covers the extra material so it's not as easy to tell off the cuff like it is w/ pants.

    Why not have the original tailor fix it?
     


  3. stache

    stache Senior member

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    The only problem would be if you had the cuff dry cleaned/pressed. Sometimes there is a ghost from the old crease, especially in a lighter color fabric.
     


  4. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Senior member

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    I've had salesmen try to sell me sportcoats whose sleeves were too short but that otherwise fit well, asserting that the sleeves could be lengthened. But I always reject this idea, assuming that if the sleeve is lengthened, the sleeve button position will be off considerably. Isn't that so?

    What do you think should be the maximum distance between the bottom button and the cuff?
     


  5. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    Well, yes, but then they're supposed to move the buttons, too.
     


  6. JohnG

    JohnG Well-Known Member

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    I have a 36 inch arm. 98% of the time I have to get my jacket sleeves lengthened when purchased  used. I have yet to have a problem with any crease line or "ghosting".

    ( Whine section- you know how hard it is to FIND quaility shirts in stores or on Ebay with 16-16.5 - 36 inch sleeves. Its a conspiracy I tell you.)

    I just make sure my dry cleaner knows the sleeves WERE lengthened the first cleaning after tailoring.

      I immediately get suits/ jackets cleaned befroe taking to tailor. Also I always take jacket back to have cleaner to work on sleeves to make sure he gets material straightened after I pick it up at tailor's. He "spot cleans the final few inches of each sleeve  and represses it all then. Plus my tailor does something too, to the  best of my knowledge. I dont pay for drycleaning so I do not know how cost prohibitive that is. Still even paying it would be worth it on a quality jacket.

    The only caution is with working button holes. THAT gets salty and takes a VERY good tailor to work around. Usually a bit of reweaving then paying for working buttons at new length.

    Respectfully,
     John

    edit- I forgot to mention i have yet to find a jacket or suitcoat without extra material in it. Pure bespoke may be another situation. Even MTM ones I have altered have had extra material in it.
     


  7. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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    Have the sleeve lengthened from the arm hole instead of the sleeve. No button hole worries, but more expensive.
     


  8. BjornH

    BjornH Senior member

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    The official figure is 1 1/8 inches (from Spalla). Any more than 1.5 makes the buttons look lost on the sleeve.

    I had a jacket fitted with functioning buttonholes last week and the middle of the bottom button is about 1 1/4 from the edge and it's a bit too far IMHO, especially if you leave the last button unbuttoned "by accident".

    B
     


  9. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Senior member

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    I don't have any jackets with true buttonholing, but most of them at least have stitching -- wouldn't that be a problem?  Even if they could remove the old buttonhole stitching without leaving a mark (which I'm skeptical about), I have my doubts about their ability to reproduce it when they re-position the button...  but I guess it depends on the tailor.  I'd imagine at least that you wouldn't want to take a chance trusting this kind of work to a store's in-house tailor, unless you were specifically familiar with his or her work.
     


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