How to Shorten the Sleeves on a Men's Dress Shirt

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When shortening the sleeves on a men's dress shirt, you're going to need a seam ripper and a bunch of pins. Shorten the sleeves on a men's dress shirt with help from a fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Katrina Zarate from Funsie Studios, and today I'm going to be showing you how to shorten the sleeve of a men's dress shirt. So, for this particular project you're going to need a couple of tools. You're going to need your seam ripper. You're going to also need a bunch of pins, so I have them handy. You'll need an iron and you're going to need your sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can do this particular project by hand; I do recommend using the sewing machine, it will go a lot quicker. So, the first thing you're going to want to do is take your seam ripper and you're going to detach the sleeve from the shirt. To do this, just follow the seam line from the shoulder all the way down and around. Detach it all the way as you go. Once the sleeve is detached, you're going to take your iron and you're going to press the unfinished edge, making sure that it's nice and flat so you have a good surface to work with. At this point, you're going to take your pre-determined measurement. So, for instance, if you want to shorten it by an inch, you're going to cut following the line of the sleeve three fourths of an inch down. So, again, if you want to shorten by an inch, you're going to cut three fourth of an inch off, 'cause you're going to have a fourth of an inch hemline. Once you've made your cut, making your sleeve shorter, you're going to pin the sleeve of the shirt back to the body of the shirt. So, you're going to take one of your pins and starting from the shoulder seam line, you're going to re-attach the sleeve to the shirt. You're going to pin a fourth of an inch down, starting from that shoulder seam, all the way around from that seam line to the armpit and all the way back up. At this point, take it to your sewing machine and you're going to sew a fourth of an inch in from the unfinished edge. This will give you a fourth of an inch hemline. At this point, your sleeve is going to be finished, it's going to be shorter and the appropriate length. Thanks for watching; this is Katrina Zarate from Funsie Studios.

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