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    Alter shirt or jacket sleeves first?

    I have been having trouble getting the optimal 1/2Ē of cuff to show on BOTH sleeves when wearing my blazer and suits. I typically buy the Nordstrom dress shirts at 34/35. But also have several Jcrew dress shirts (which say 34/35 but arenít the same as the Nordstrom sleeves). I have never had the Nordstrom shirts altered. But have had the Jcrew shirts shortened.

    Now, I have had the jackets sleeve shortened too, but between the different shirts they are all slightly different in how much cuff shows. Some show too much cuff, some too little. I canít tell if itís the jacket or the shirts either.

    I was wondering what the rule is here. Do you do the jackets first (wear a T-shirt when being fit) and get them all the same? Or do the sleeves first and have the jacket made to match them?

    Note: one arm is shorter by about 1/3Ē or so. I assume this is common. Any practical tips welcome. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slickademus View Post
    I have been having trouble getting the optimal 1/2Ē of cuff to show on BOTH sleeves when wearing my blazer and suits. I typically buy the Nordstrom dress shirts at 34/35.
    If these are button cuffs, I would suggest sewing the button on where it fits your wrist best. This will allow you to show a mostly even amount of shirt cuff on each arm without having to alter the shirt.

    If these are link cuffs, you are going to want a MTM shirt for this level of exactness. Armhole and cuff size are going to throw this off 1/4" here or there if it is not just right.

    I get my jacket sleeves altered while wearing a shirt that fits correctly. I personally get around most of the fuss by trying to show "some" but not "too much" cuff instead of an exact measurement.

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    I get my all my jacket sleeves altered to stop just below the wrist bone on each side then adjust the shirts to match by moving the cuff buttons.

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    It depends on how the sleeve ends are finished. If there is complicated sewing you might need a specialiste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slickademus View Post
    I have been having trouble getting the optimal 1/2” of cuff to show on BOTH sleeves when wearing my blazer and suits.
    first, check out #9 here
    https://dappered.com/2017/10/20-thin...think-they-do/

    Practically I have found the easiest thing to do is to have your jacket sleeves shortened according to the lengths of your arms, which hopefully don't change all that much. With shirt sleeves I just move the buttons to cinch them up a bit so they stay higher up. Costs nothing and I don't wear French cuff shirts.

    But tbf I just don't think it's possible to keep showing that perfect cuff as you go about your day. You see photos posted all over with people and their perfect 1/2 inch cuffs but these are all snapshots and I'll bet they all made adjustments before said photos were taken.

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