I found this lovely navy blue striped shirt in the men’s department for just a few dollars, knowing all I need to do is shorten the sleeves. I normally don’t go for stripes since they show off my bad curves, but the solid block of blue above the stripes caught my eye. Despite shortening sleeves on three other shirts, I still haven’t perfected that specific art because I prefer to keep the original width of the shirt.


So the problem? Matching the measurements of the new sleeve and the original width of the shirt is a bit tricky. Somehow with the three previous shirts, I managed to connect everything and the three shirts look somewhat decent. Not perfect, but decent. And decent is the perfect word to describe my new refashioned blue shirt. *sigh* Where do I begin? I should’ve been more careful reattaching the first sleeve.


The seam looks a little messy, but I don’t think I have any room for corrections. Maybe when I have time and patience, I’ll fix the sleeve but for now I’m leaving it as is. Reattaching the second sleeve was more successful because I was more careful and semi more patient. The only slight issue I have are the side seams, where I had to sew a few new stitches. The side stripes don’t match perfectly, but again for now, I’m OK with imperfection.

Categories: Jennifer Elliott

3 replies »

  1. Ok. That makes sense. Men’s shirts have bigger arm holes and with your method you can make them smaller. I’ll definitely put that trick in my mental tool box.

  2. I like to use the remove/replace method because I like my sleeves a little more fitted. Sometimes the sleeves on men’s shirt are big and wide, and I prefer mine smaller. Even if I cut off the end of the sleeve or sew a new rolled hem, the sleeve is still a little too big for my liking.

  3. Jennifer, I’m pretty new to sewing and refashioning. I have a few shirts for which I’d like to shorten the sleeves. My thought was to just cut off the end and either leave raw or do a new rolled hem. Is there an advantage to your remove/replace method? I’m assuming that there is and I just don’t know about it yet.

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