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Shorten shirt sleeves

sportin_life

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I searched but didn't find a good topic discussion on this.

How difficult is it for tailors to shorten dress shirt sleeves by about 2-3 inches? Should they do it from the shoulders or is it okay to do it from the cuff side?

I'm bringing this up b/c I was at Thomas Pink today and noticed they were having a nice sale ($79-119 for a lot of their shirts). Unfortunately, their slim fit shirts come in one standard sleeve length for any given neck size. My concern is that recutting the sleeve will mess up the proportions on the shirts?
 

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This is a common alteration. I have it done by moving the cuff up. No doubt Pink has a local tailor who does this for them.
 

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Also have had shirts shortened via cuff. My tailor shortens the cuff and also moves the side buttons (don't know what they're really called) so the whole shape stays fairly constant. Any small excess material can easily be tapered or pleated.
 

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It's easier to move the cuff up, but if you're doing more than 1/2" or so you should also move the placket up. At 2-3" you absolutely have to.
 

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Not a big deal. I also noticed this sale and it's a good one!
 

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I've had shirt sleeves shortened from the shoulder and from the wrist. shoulders need more skill though, so best if you know your tailor.
 

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Shorten shirt sleeves you can do in house also. Just cut it with the good seizer as well as no need to take any help of the tailor. It is very good idea for them who like to wear sleeveless shirts.
 

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What kind of cost are we looking at to move up the entire placket 2-3"? I know just the cuff is pretty cheap, but I've been getting a lot of crazy quotes to move the placket. Sucks for those who do not have 32/33 inch arms + the main reason I've gone MTM.
 

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For somebody that makes shirts, moving the placket up is no big deal. For a typical alterationist, though, it's probably pretty daunting.
 

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Originally Posted by jbharris88
What kind of cost are we looking at to move up the entire placket 2-3"? I know just the cuff is pretty cheap, but I've been getting a lot of crazy quotes to move the placket. Sucks for those who do not have 32/33 inch arms + the main reason I've gone MTM.

I've paid between $20-30 to have this done.
 

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For somebody that makes shirts, moving the placket up is no big deal. For a typical alterationist, though, it's probably pretty daunting.

I have several shirts that need sleeves professionally shortened like this and no local tailor/shirtmaker to do so. Do any members have a recommendation for an online resource where you can send the shirt in and specify exactly how much you want taken off? I don't mind paying for good work.
 

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Does "moving the cuff up" change the size of the cuff? Or are they cutting material out above the cuff and re-attaching the cuff?
 

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Does "moving the cuff up" change the size of the cuff? Or are they cutting material out above the cuff and re-attaching the cuff?

Correct.
 
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