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Tailoring shirt sleeves

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by norcaltransplant, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

    Jan 29, 2003
    has anyone ever tried shortening their shirt sleeves through a tailor? How much should I expect this to cost? Should I specify how I want the gauntlets to look(I don't want a completely disfigured sleeve but I need to remove about 2-2.5")? Or is this act of sartorial surgery completely impossible?

  2. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Apr 24, 2003
    I've had it done many times. Any competent alterations tailor can do it for $10 or $15. The correct way to do it is to remove the gauntlet and cuff, shorten the sleeve, and reattach the gauntlet and cuff.
  3. banksmiranda

    banksmiranda Senior member

    Sep 19, 2003
    2"-2.5" is significant. It would be difficult to re-do the sleeve without shortening the placket. Taking off from the top of the sleeve would affect how the sleeve fits in the armhole, and may cost a lot to do. I've never had a sleeve shortened. I've usually gone to a different store to find the same shirt in the length I need. I remember that in summer 2001 Neiman Marcus charged ~$10 per sleeve, couldn't say what Nordstrom or anyone else charges, though I've heard that it's no more than ~$15.

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