It is possible (but expensive; at leat a couple hundred bucks) to have the lapels refaced. And covering the buttons is easy enough. But what about the other details? Are there notched lapels? Flapped pockets? A center vent? If so, it will not look entirely right. The trousers should be easy to convert, by the way.
This is the Attolini look I'd like to achieve. Â This Attolini tux has 3-button, notched lapel, ventless, flat front pants. Â My black suit has simliar details but has flapped hip pockets that can be tucked in (don't know the term for it). Â What other details should I be looking at?
Oh, dear. So many rules trampled upon. Well, it's a look, of sorts. But it is not a classic dinner jacket. And that four in hand tie: fine for business, incorrect for black tie. By the way, that does not look like a 3-button jacket, more like a one button. In any case, a 3-button dinner jacket is seriously not right.
It is a 3-button Attolini jacket.. Perhaps that's why it is on eBay because of all the rules infringement Where does the satin lining go? - Lapel - Jacket buttons - Breast and hip pocket seams? - Sleeve buttons? - Pants side seams? Anywhere else?
Not on the breast pocket, but you covered them all. I have seen self-welt on the hip pockets as well. I wonder how hard it would be to convert a notch lapel into a peak lapel. If you are refacing it anyway, you may as well do away with the most blatant rules violation.
Funny, I cannot see the other two buttonholes or buttons in the photo. It really, really looks like a one-button jacket. Which would make it slightly more in keeping with black tie traditions, but the notch lapels are a serious discrepancy.
Why the pref. for satin. I think grosgrain is much more refined. I recently saw a (black mattish silk) Baldessarini with a very tight texture grosgrain that looked pretty amazing. If you find a source for facings, please post them. I can only seem to find the satin ones. The grosgrain is a little harder to come by.