What relation does narrowing jacket sleeves have to the height of the armhole?

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  1. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys,

    I just purchased a great sport coat, even though the armholes are a little low for my taste. I'm planning on having the sleeve's narrowed. Will that have any impact on the having low armholes? Thanks
     


  2. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

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    Well I'm not a tailor but from what i can see no it will not. The armhole is a hole you can't really fill in blank space. Even if you narrow the sleeves the "hole" will still be in the same position. If you use the search function this has been discussed before and the consensus was that you can lower an armhole but you can't raise it.
     


  3. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Will have no effect on the armhole but may reduce comfort when you move your arms. Only way to make the armhole higher is by reducing from the top of the shoulders but then you have to recut the sleeves and shorten the collar, maybe lower the gorge. Kind of a big deal.
     


  4. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, would it look odd then to have a slim sleeve and fit but lower armholes?
     


  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't know. Hard to say without seeing the jacket on you.
     


  6. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, does anyone have any experience with this?
     


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    add911_11 Senior member

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    From my experience, as long as you are not slimming the sleeves too much, it will look alright, even with slimming you should feel comfortable to move your arms. If you did it too much the low armholes will look very weird.
     


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    imanewbie Senior member

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    as long as your not fat per say in relation to the armhole you should not find any discomfort. Yes it be considered a slim fit once you raise the armhole. Some folks try to make wear clothes like they have in when they are 250 plus pounds with 40% BF when im only 195lbs with 8%BF.....I need the higher armholes due to my slim physique.
     


  9. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I'm slim as well, so that's the problem I'm running into
     
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    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes.
     


  11. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    So if I just wanted to narrow the part around my shoulder, would that be the same thing?
     


  12. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's the area you don't want to touch or change. The sleevehead is cut very precisely to match the armhole and requires adequate fullness to hang properly. Once you change that, the sleeve distorts and you get divots and worse. If you are trying to spiffy up a conventional cut jacket to look slim, it won't happen.
    Take the suit to a tailor and show him what you want altered and ask how it is done and if it possible. Extra cloth under your arms has nothing to do with the sleeves and since you are guessing what is wrong and what to do, you would be better served having a face to face with a tailor.
     


  13. maraca2020

    maraca2020 Well-Known Member

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    Will do, thanks for the advice
     


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