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hi there, I am currently working through my study module that covers sleeves, cuffs, cuff openings etc. and I have come across the "simple"sleeve opening for cuffs. (for those wondering what this is, its the opening without a placket/no slash, but an opening lying parallel to the cuff). so far I have only seen this opening on historical costumes but am wondering why this (so easy and just as convenient!) opening is not used on modern fashion shirts/mens shirts etc.? wouldn’t it make sense (time and $ saver) to use this opening instead of the slash with placket??? I know the placket came into fashion trend early 1900s but we’re in 2013 now so why is it still the preferred method?

I really appreciate any comments on this as not even my tutor could answer me that question,haha. she just said its a fashion trend and that the placket is more convenient for ironing sleeves… but whatabout womens shirts that are made from crinkle cotton,haha, they dont need ironing but yet I’ve seen some that have placket openings…?


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    Sep 9, 2013, 05.36 PMby katensew

    Well the sleeves can be rolled up with a placket slit but not with the “simple” opening you describe . Maybe that’s a good enough excuse ? Men traditionaly roll up their sleeves for work( even way back for agriculture, medicine etc – very often the placket slit has a button fastening too. I only use the simpler method in dress blouses where I want a nice neat sleeve and I will not be rolling them up !

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    Mar 20, 2014, 10.56 AMby virgenmarialina

    Hi There. I’m studying fashion and design and I would like to know how to make a simple sleeve opening for shirts, please. I can’t find anything from the imternet. I will appreciate your help. Thanks so much. Mabel

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    Mar 20, 2014, 10.58 AMby virgenmarialina

    Hi again. Could you help me sending me any picture, image about simple sleeve opening, please? Thanks so much. Mabel

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      Mar 21, 2014, 11.34 AMby katensew

      I have been thinking about how to describe in words how to do the cuff/ sleeve openings – apart from the placket. There are two – one is to make a simple faced opening – where an oblong of fabric is placed RS to RS with the marked opening * and machine stitched up one side and down the other – fairly close together – then with small scissors cut up and into the point. Turn this oblong then through to the wrong side. Press – attach cuff. OR this one — where the marked opening is * measure 1.5 cms either side of the mark ( on the sleeve edge ) – reinforce these two marks with machine stitch. with small scissors cut from sleeve edge just to the reinforced point. Then turn under this 3cm cut edge twice ( onto WS) – machine stitch. Apply cuff

      • this " slit " will be on the sleeve edge at the back ( look at pattern to see two notches on the back armhole curve as a reference) about 3 or 4cms from the underarm seamline.
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