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I spent about an hour on making buttonholes. My goal is to make nice hand made buttonholes that you would see on Brioni and Kiton. Of course, it will take me sometime; I think this is not impossible task as long as I have correct knowledge on how to create such buttonholes. I read many books and articles on the net, but all of them show the buttonhole stitching technique (aka Blanket stitching) that will not replicate the buttonholes I want. Does anyone know how these buttonholes are done? Any books? Any info would be appriciated ..
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"Tailoring the Professional Way" - Clarence Poulan
post #3 of 13
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Thanks Mr. Kabbaz This book is vintage book and is rather expensive book. Is this worth a $75US? If you have read this book, can you tell me what does the book cover and how the illustration is done? Thank you.
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It will take you from the start to the finish of making a bespoke suit. It is easily worth $75 which sounds like the old edition. The new edition (1973) includes setting a pants zipper (old is pants buttonholes). The illustration is easy to understand. Stitches (as you are interested in) are shown as step-by-step drawings - excellent.
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It will take you from the start to the finish of making a bespoke suit. It is easily worth $75 which sounds like the old edition. The new edition (1973) includes setting a pants zipper (old is pants buttonholes). The illustration is easy to understand. Stitches (as you are interested in) are shown as step-by-step drawings - excellent.
Is there a similar book for shirts? Jon.
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Is there a similar book for shirts?
To quote one of your most frequent replies, HAHAHAHAHAHA. Not yet.
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Why not write one Alex?
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I'm around chapter six ... but the Departures article has pushed the project temporarily to a back shelf. Hopefully in 2006 ...
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Roberto Carbrera also goes into this in some detail, with a lot of illustrations: http://www.amazon.com/exec....=507846
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I don't mean to be too discouraging, but I think it IS a [nearly] impossible task. I'm under the impression that only the best seamstresses do buttonholes, and making buttonholes is a very specialized task, meaning, once a manufacturer finds a good buttonhole maker, that person only sews buttonholes from then on out. A good handsewn buttonhole, one that will last over repeated use, is very very difficult to master, and is a source of pride for many artisans. It takes years of constant practice. There was a thread that discussed this topic not too long ago...the consensus seemed to be to leave it to the pros.
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I don't mean to be too discouraging, but I think it IS a [nearly] impossible task. I'm under the impression that only the best seamstresses do buttonholes, and making buttonholes is a very specialized task, meaning, once a manufacturer finds a good buttonhole maker, that person only sews buttonholes from then on out. A good handsewn buttonhole, one that will last over repeated use, is very very difficult to master, and is a source of pride for many artisans.
I strongly disagree. This statement is correct ONLY if the word profitable is inserted. Beyond that, it is entirely incorrect. Virtually anyone with a decent pair of hands and a love for the art can learn to make handmade buttonholes. It will take a bit of practice. Making a jacket's worth of handmade buttonholes (8-16 or so) may take an amateur a couple of days or even more. But it can be done. Maybe we'll even hold a buttonhole seminar at the next Sartorial Excellence. When "those with the professional expertise" are referred to, those of whom are being spoken are people who can accomplish that same task in from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. And, yes: they are like gold and are usually hired for life.
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I have a green flannel sportcoat arm that has been perforated by the 32 practice suit buttonholes I made before doing one for real. My buttonholes are acceptable but not outstanding. In general I'm a fairly dextrous guy. Judge accordingly.
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Thanks Mr. Kabbaz This book is vintage book and is rather expensive book.  Is this worth a $75US?
This may be a slightly less expensive source for the book: http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet....ld.y=11
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