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Common Questions | Leather jacket alterations - sleeves

Posted by Jeffrey Schwegmann on

LCUSA shortens sleeves on suede and leather garments

Leathercareusa.com offers sleeve shortening for your suede and leather jackets. The most common question we receive is about retaining the detail of the sleeves. When we shorten the sleeves we do our best to preserve the original design of the sleeve. There are various methods we can use to shorten sleeves, and we will select the method that will best preserve that look. Our service pricing includes everything we need to do to shorten your sleeves.  The following things can be done to retain the look:  

  • move zippers
  • move vents
  • move buttons
  • shorten at the sleeve end or at the shoulder, etc.

The second most asked question is how to mark the sleeves for the final length. Measurements are always best. For example, shorten sleeve 2 inches or 1 hem length. The second best way is to make a mark. Chalk works well and is not permanent. Safety pins work, but be careful as holes in leather are permanent.  You can also fold one sleeve to the final length and hold in place with a paper clip or binder clip. Do not use any adhesives. They can damage the leather and we may not be able to correct it. Always put your mark on ONE sleeve only and it should be the final length. Specify that it is the finished length. We will apply that measurement to the shortening of both sleeves. We recommend one sleeve, so there is not confusion if there are different lengths. Of course, if your arms are two different lengths then let us know, and we can accommodate the sleeve lengths to those measurements, no problem.

We perform this service hundreds of times a year, and we know how to work with all types of jackets.  

Remember, you can always send us photos of your jacket for a free assessment.  Text them to 800.232.0792 or email info@leathercareusa.com.

We can also shorten cloth jackets. This is a custom service. Reach out to us for an estimate.