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« on: July 25, 2006 04:14:43 PM »

so i'm always finding really nice/cute jackets, but alas, they are too short for my monkey length arms.
not big on fur, so i'm looking for other thing to add so the arms are long enough for me.

but the main thing i'm looking for is ways to elongate sleeves on regular shirts. any ideas??
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2006 06:23:13 PM »

I feel your pain. But since I'm about as clueless as you, I usually just suck it up and live with bare wrists. Hey, there is an official design term for that sleeve length..."bracelet length." Now if it would just come back in style... Wink

What I have done before, though, on a winter coat, was let out the hem and re-sew it narrower. Of course that only works when it has a pretty wide hem to begin with. Sorry I can't come up with any more creative ideas.

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2006 07:38:51 PM »

I had to think about this one and come back.

1) Take off the existing cuff (if there is one) and make donut-shaped cuffs to sew on the end of your sleeves. (Kind of like mini circle skirts! Errr...I can't for the life of me think of what the actual name for those kind of cuffs is!) It'll look very elegent and flowy.

2) insert a pretty fabric like lace or interesting fabric by cutting your sleeve in half at the point of your choice, and rejoining the halves after inserting the contrast fabric.

That's all I've got now.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2006 03:20:09 PM »

I do one of 2 things:

I'm a BIG fan of pushing up my sleeves (they usually get there even when I don't know I did it!). You'll NEVER be able to tell they're too short when pushed up.

Separate the sleeve at the armhole. Find a complimentary/coordinating fabric and make a cute puff sleeve that will extend the length of the sleeve. Sew the puff to the armhole, then sew the regular sleeve to the bottom of the puff.

Usually tall types can pull this style off well.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2006 07:26:58 PM »

ooh I like the puff sleeve idea! I want to do that to a shirt, even if the sleeves aren't too short.  Grin
yeah i def. push my sleeves up all the time.

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2006 06:26:00 PM »

thanx for the great ideas, guys!!
i was just gonna tack somethingonto the end of the sleeve, but i really like the contrasting fabric at the armpit/cuff area ideas.
thanx again!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006 11:52:14 PM »

There were some great suggestions for shirt sleeves.  I have the same problem so I rarely purchase ready made long sleeve shirts.  As for jackets and coats something I did when I worked in the alterations dept for a major clothing store was to add a facing.  If you add a similar weight fabric as a facing to the inside of the hem of the coat/jacket sleeve and then edge stitch on the inside of the facing it works wonderfully.  If yo want to add a "designer" look use a loud print or bold fabric as the facing.  To lengthen the lining cut the lining about half way up the sleeve and insert a stripe of lining fabric as the extension.  This way you dont have the extra bulk at the sleeve hem and the different lining is totally hidden inside the upper part of the sleeve.  Of course, if the sleeve has a placket this may not work.  In some styles you can sew the placket closed and still add the extra facing inside.  This works great for pants also.

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