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mikeivb
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Date: 8/19/13 11:47 PM

I am attempting to alter some of my dress shirts, taking them in at the sides and sleeves.  Seems like a fairly simply job, although for those of you that have done this, how did you deal with the cuffs? Most of my shirts have a flat felled seam, can't quite figure out how to blend the cuff seam and new seam together.  thanks

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Date: 8/20/13 1:00 PM

If I understand you correctly, you want to be able to attach your original cuff to the narrowed sleeve? Assuming that the original sleeve has sufficient fabric in the darts, you could reduce or eliminate them to fit the cuff. Of course this would require you to remove the cuff first, adjust or remove the sleeve darts and then reattach the cuff to the sleeve.

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Date: 8/20/13 2:11 PM

If you like the way the cuff fits can you taper the sleeve alteration so there is no change at the cuff?

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Date: 8/20/13 5:54 PM

Quote: Brine
If I understand you correctly, you want to be able to attach your original cuff to the narrowed sleeve? Assuming that the original sleeve has sufficient fabric in the darts, you could reduce or eliminate them to fit the cuff. Of course this would require you to remove the cuff first, adjust or remove the sleeve darts and then reattach the cuff to the sleeve.

thank you for your response, although i'm hoping to keep it simple and not have to remove the cuff
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Date: 8/20/13 5:56 PM

Quote: tinflutterby
If you like the way the cuff fits can you taper the sleeve alteration so there is no change at the cuff?

thank you for your response. this is what i'm hoping to achieve, although i'm new to sewing and with a flat felled seem on the sleeve, i'm struggling to figure out a way to have a smooth transition without taking off the cuff
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Date: 8/23/13 7:21 PM

You can just hem it. Add 1.5 to 2 in to length you want. Then double turn the hem. The inside seam wont show at all.

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