Updated on September 3, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
A sleeve cuff is a finish given to the sleeve at the hem – It is an extra layer of fabric added to the sleeve edge. Normally the sleeve hem has a simple turned edge hem. But when you want something different you can try one of these beautiful cuffs :
Barrel cuff/ Single cuff
This is the common shirt cuff – A single layer cuff buttoned with one or two buttons. The sleeve edge is usually pleated or gathered onto the cuff and has a simple placket opening. The end corner of the cuff may be straight, rounded or mitered.
Double cuff/ French Cuff
This is a double layered broad cuff band seen on men’s dress shirt with a turned back style. It is usually fastened with cuff links/cuff knots.
This is any style of cuff with a tab emerging from inside the sleeve to fold and fasten it up.
A shirt cuff which fastens with two buttons.
Mitered single cuff / Angled cuff
This is a shirt cuff with a mitered cut at the cuff end.
Rounded single cuff
This is a shirt cuff with rounded corner.
This refers to cuffs that are fastened as well as loosened, or tightened with buttons, zippers, elastic etc. A hook and loop attached cuff is another adjustable cuff.
This is a cuff with a belt around
This cuff has a simple fabric band into which the sleeve edge is gathered and stitched without any opening.
This is the usual hem of a blazer sleeve – with a column of small buttons fastened with buttonholes.
A deep long cuff, fitted at the wrist, but may flare as it goes up.
This refers to shirt cuffs that can be fastened with simple buttons, or with cufflinks/cuff knots.
The contrast element may be the whole cuff band or the inside of the cuff which shows when you turn it up.
Drawstring hem / cuff
An edge or cuff with a drawstring going through it- it is an adjustable cuff.
A cuff band which is decorated with embroidery / sequins etc.
Gathered/ Cinched/Elastic band hem/cuff
These are all gathered sleeve hems – it could be at the edge or just above the hem creating a frill. The elastic cuff or edge has elastic drawn through it.
Fold up/Turn back/Roll back cuff
A cuff which is worn folded up – it can be tacked in places to keep its position.
This is a wide and flared turned back double cuff, often seen in suit jackets, with the outward corner curved.
Laced up cuff
This is a wide cuff with eyelets and a laced up fastening.
A cuff with button and a loop.
There is a pleated portion after the cuff band.
This cuff is a wide puffy exaggerated band of fabric which is gathered or pleated – this is then stitched to the end of the sleeve.
Rib knit cuff
A Rib knit cuff is made of a heavy stretchy special knit fabric.
Ruffle cuff/Ruff cuff
This cuff has a gathered or pleated frill. A ruff cuff is fully frilled and starched.
Shirred cuff/Smoked cuff
This style may have a separate shirred band (elastic thread shirring) attached as a separate cuff or as part of the sleeve hem.
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