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Tailoring Advice Needed: Shortening Sleeve - Distance between last button & end of sleeve will be .5

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by plei89, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

    Mar 29, 2009

    I need some advice on tailoring my suit. The sleeves needs to be shortened by an inch.

    • Current distance between the last button & end of sleeve = 1.5"
    • I need to remove 1" of the Sleeve - will change the distance between the last button and end of sleeve to .5"
    • The sleeves are non-functional

    Here's a photo:

    Now is .5" way too small of a distance? Since it's non-functional, would it be the norm for the tailor to remove the button button and place it on top?

    Thanks SF.
  2. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

    Jun 12, 2010
    Keyboard War Room
    My personal opinion is hat you need at the very minimum an inch space, ideally at least an inch and a half between the bottom button and the sleeve.
    But if the buttons are non functional then the point is moot as any decent seamstress can move the buttons up. It's only an issue for surgeons' cuffs.
  3. jawboneofa

    jawboneofa Senior member

    Apr 30, 2011
    Los Angeles
    It's probably too small of a distance, but it won't be a problem at all for the tailor to move the buttons. As you posited, he will probably just move the farthest button to be in the nearest position.
  4. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Jul 22, 2006
    chicago suburbs
    with nonfunctional buttons, they are always removed when adjusting the sleeve length.
    yes all of them are removed, and then re-spaced.
    the distance from the bottom is any where from an inch to two inches.
    i like the inch and three quarter look.
  5. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006
    At least an inch.

    Have the buttons moved.
  6. plei89

    plei89 Senior member

    Mar 29, 2009
    Thanks, I'll probably go with a 1.5" again or 1.25"

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