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What causes french cuffs to do this? Are these made right?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by GoClick, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. GoClick

    GoClick Active Member

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    I got a new shirt today, and I've only had one french cuff before and it didn't look like this (french cuffs aren't popular here.) So I really don't know.

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    I don't like how the outer layer doesn't cover the under layer, it looks like it's pulled apart and messy, not the crisp edge I was hoping for. Why does it do this? The cuff is a bit snug but I don't know as that I'd say it's too tight feeling, but maybe is that why it's not straight?

    Here is the cuff inside
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    Also, why is it wrinkly? The under side of the collar is also wrinkly, as on many of my shirts, why?
     
  2. B|aze

    B|aze Senior member

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    Looks like you have been folding it wrong. If the topside goes futher in, the bottom will allign
    Have you ironed it before?
     
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  3. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    methinks you're ironing it wrong
     
  4. GoClick

    GoClick Active Member

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    Never been ironed. One side came ironed the other did not (folded to show the cuff) both sides however pull open a bit.
     
  5. tgt465

    tgt465 Senior member

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    Why are you assuming the manufacturer ironed it correctly? Iron it yourself to fix the problem.
     
  6. GoClick

    GoClick Active Member

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    Well it wa ironed flat in a rectangle shape. Am I supposed to iron it into another shape?
     
  7. tgt465

    tgt465 Senior member

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    See B|aze's comment. Fold to align the edges, then iron a crease that will keep those edges aligned.
     
  8. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Folded or unfolded? You should always iron a French cuff unfolded, no crease should be ironed in, then only fold it when putting it on.
     
  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The wrinkles in the cuff and collar are from the innerlining shrinking. Very difficult to correct. Lots of steam and pulling.
     
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  10. black_umbrella

    black_umbrella Senior member

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    I've always ironed the cuff unfolded and then ironed it into the folded shape I wanted. Personal preference here, I think.
     
  11. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    ^ not this



    Folded or unfolded? You should always iron a French cuff unfolded, no crease should be ironed in, then only fold it when putting it on.[/quote]

    ^this
     
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  12. Ich_Dien

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  13. Wrenkin

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    I don't understand the problem. If you want crispness, buy a fused barrel cuff. That's not what french cuffs are about. You iron them flat and then fold them back upon wearing. You wouldn't want your lapels or tie ironed flat, so why your cuffs? Re your specific problem, I'd try washing and ironing it once and then see if it still does that. You may simply need more practice holding the cuff in place while inserting cufflinks. I find that it's easy for the top of the cuff to become misaligned, as illustrated. But it's not the end of the world, surely you can just tug a bit?
     
  14. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Sleeve looks too short.

    Don't iron a crease in your cuffs, iron flat as stated above.
     
  15. GoClick

    GoClick Active Member

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    One cuff was ironed creased one was ironed flat an open. The one you see was ironed open.
     
  16. B|aze

    B|aze Senior member

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    This thread is getting silly....
     
  17. F. Corbera

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    [​IMG]
     
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  18. GoClick

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I actually took it back to the shirt maker; it turns out it wasn't made right. They've made me a new one.
     

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