How Shorten Jacket Sleeves At Shoulder

Ever have a great jacket and know it would be even better if the sleeves were shortened, but you didn't know how to shorten jacket sleeves at the shoulder.  A jacket with the sleeves shortened are one of those wardrobe pieces that allows you to mix and match so many different things. If you have already decided that you want to shorten your jacket sleeves at the shoulder, these simple steps should be able to guide you on your way.

To shorten jacket sleeves at the shoulder you will need:

  • seam ripper
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  1. Make sure that you have a jacket that you can either replace or don't care too much about. This is just in case it doesn't turn out exactly how you might want it to be. For instance, you never want to destroy a $400 jacket. If you just have to shorten those sleeves on your favorite jacket and are not too confident about doing it yourself, you can always take it to a seamstress to do it for you.
  2. Cut those sleeves off right below the shoulder seam. When you are shortening your jacket sleeves doing this will make it a lot easier for you to get to the seam. It will also leave less room for mistakes since you will be able to see better.
  3. Take the seam ripper and get rid of that seam. With the seam ripper you will be able to get rid of the seam while doing minimal damage to the material of the jacket. With this technique, the final project of shortening your jacket sleeves will look flawless.
  4.  Even up those cuffs. Some may choose not to perform this step and allow the cuffs on the jacket to remain ragged and stringy, But  you can also take your scissors and cut of all the remaining thread. Then create a small hem and sew it back together for a more polished look.

Shortening jacket sleeves at the shoulder can be a great way to liven up any outfit. So get the seam ripper and get to work.

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