I’m working on a series of posts about adjusting clothing to fit. To see all of them click here – How to Sew.
I’ve had this shirt for several years now. I really like it, but I’ve only worn it a handful of times. Why? It has 3/4 length sleeves with a button cuff. I’m not sure who thought that would be comfortable, but it isn’t! The sleeve can’t slide up and down my arm. No matter how I move my arm, the sleeve stays right there – half way between my elbow and my wrist. It means the rest of the shirt pulls up whenever I reach. I’m not into showing off my midriff and it’s just plain uncomfortable. So, it mostly sits in my closet. Why have I kept it? Well, I do like the style & the print. It’s also nice material with 3% spandex so it has a little give to it.
The other day, I wanted to wear it, but as soon as I put it on, I remembered why I don’t.
Plus, now that I live in Florida, I don’t have much need for anything beyond short sleeves. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner – I’ve shortened a lot of hubby’s dress shirt sleeves. It’s so easy!
Cut the sleeve off at the desired length plus 1/2″ for the hem.
Using the cut-off as a pattern, cut the other sleeve to match.
It looks better already!
All they need is a quick hem.
Don’t forget to take the buttons off the cuffs before you toss them. You can never have too many extra buttons!