I pinned the cuff to the sleeve, carefully aligning the edge of the cuff to the basting thread.
I cut the excess material off of the sleeve. As you can see, the placket is still functional, so I don’t need to alter this area.
Then I sewed a stitch in basting thread at this point all the way around the sleeve.
I measured the original seam allowance on the garment sleeve and added this measurement to the cuff width (3/8 inch plus 2 inches equals 2 3/8 inches).
I set my ‘sticky note’ on the machine bed, measuring from the needle.
Then I measured the width of the cuff.
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The alterations instructions were: shorten the sleeve by one cuff.
So, I first removed the cuff.
I find the following placement of button on a suit jacket sleeve placket to be ideal:
The buttons should be 5/8 inch in diameter.
The first button should be sewn (centered) 1 ½ inches from the hem edge.
The second and succeeding buttons should be sewn ¾ inches (centered) from the first button.
All the buttons should be sewn 5/8 inch from the fold edge (or seam edge).
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