Tips,Tricks and Inspiration for Creative Success
Blog by Sher
See the image(s) there? Below, yes, you see it correctly. I don't know who is responsible, and it's not my business to know. I imagine it got the temporary fix they were seeking.
The idea came to me to write about the Do's and Don'ts of suit sleeve raising (and general rules of thumb - pardon the pun!) when a young man brought me this jacket to tailor. My first reaction was a loud gasp at the sewing on both sleeves. I'm afraid I was a bit too loud again when I found the sleeves had also been stapled.
2. Carefully remove the buttons and open the cuff. Clean threads from the fabric, and open the folds. Carefully remove the liner from the fabric of the suit sleeve. An important note to cover here is button hole threads. They are mock on this suit, but if they were real, you would have to remake those button holes before you complete the next steps. In this case, I removed two of the mock button holes so they would not show when I raised the cuff and replaced buttons ( I could not match the factory stitches
4. Time to begin putting the sleeve back together. Mark on the top fold of the placket a dot 1" (one inch) , and subsequent dots for the amount of buttons (usually there are 4), each 1/2" apart. Once you have your marks, begin sewing the buttons (crossing over) through the placket to the inside of the sleeve, then back up, etc.
5. Fold the sleeve up, inside out some, and then roll it down to measure the allowance (One and one half inch). More or less, cuff it out to measure it. As you measure. place pins to hold.
Liner edge should be rolled inside (so right sides are together) and pinned to the sleeve while pinning the amount folded for make sure seams match between the liner and sleeve fabric.
Hand stitch using a blind stitch the liner to the suit sleeve. Be careful not to go too deep into the fabric.
Turn the sleeve right side out Using a sleeve board or steam machine, press or steam lightly. Make sure the liner is pressed up inside; hand tac if it seems loose (Most times it is tacked).
There you have it. Pretty easy once you do the first one.
A few things to keep in mind:
* If you are shortening the sleeve a great deal, it's best to sew on 3 buttons , not 4;
* Measure twice, three times if necessary to prevent costly mistakes;
* Do only one sleeve at a time to prevent swapping them around.
With appreciation for you and all communities, I wish you success and inspiration in all you do - today and