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Australian Members - Part II - if you read the first post, you'll get what this is all about.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Foxhound, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. California Dreamer

    California Dreamer Senior member

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    Is taking the sleeves up on a jacket with functioning sleeve buttons a lost cause? I found a gorgeous Borrelli SC today but the sleeves are 26" and I'm a 25". Is it possible to take the sleeve up from the shoulder maybe?
     
  2. Journeyman

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    CD, it's obviously much, much easier if you've got some room to adjust from the cuff, rather than the sleevehead.

    If the only option appears to be taking the sleeves up from the sleeveheads, then it will cost a fair bit. I don't know what Melbourne prices are like but, unless you can score a discount because it's being done for a business, it will cost $180 or so in Brisbane. Obviously, it should also be done by a skilled tailor rather than by someone who's more used to just doing trouser shortening and waistbands.

    There are a couple of risks, too. Firstly, if the jacket fabric is patterned, it can be tricky to make sure that the pattern still matches once the sleeves are shortened. Secondly, there is a risk that the shoulder shape will change - it may not look as rounded as it did previously.

    Finally, of course, you can't shorten the sleeves too much from the sleevehead, for the simply reason that the sleeves typically narrow as they descend towards the cuff and so if you shorten the sleeves too much, it will no longer fit into the sleevehead and you won't be able to re-attach the sleeves. Just shortening by an inch should be fine, though.

    I tend to steer clear of jackets with working buttonholes because I've concluded that it's generally just not worth the hassle of having them altered to fit.
     
  3. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    CD if the jacket looks good no one is going to notice if the cuff buttons are 1 cm closer to the cuff than usual. Not even iGents. You can leave the last button off or undone anyway.
     
  4. Osiris2012

    Osiris2012 Senior member

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    Thanks mate, no idea could be cooking oil or maybe petrol only things that are splashableb i dealt with that day.

    Its a descent size, maybe 2 50c pieces.
     
  5. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Shout to AndrewRogers. Excellent spirit.

    Reading and enjoying Ametora at the moment too.
     
  6. BananaKing

    BananaKing Active Member

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    anyone know a good source of half decent leather watch straps? $10-$40 straps
     
  7. sliq

    sliq Senior member

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    CD, very possible to do. as JM and others have outlined. If you absolutely love the jacket, worthwhile paying big coin to have a bespoke tailor alter it for you. The reason why I say it is because a mediocre tailor might not be able to reattach the shoulder similar to how it was before. I've heard of too many horror stories where they've buggered shoulders, particularly if shoulders are roped or attached liked a shirt sleeve


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  8. cemi1988

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  9. VirgilVerne

    VirgilVerne Senior member

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    Anyone know a good scarf place? Stocking up for a gap year going through colder, more appropriate cities :)
     
  10. chocol8max

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    I'm still very new to SF but outside of here, the best place I've found is Watchuseek's strap buy/sell subforum (http://forums.watchuseek.com/f319/). There is some amazing work going on over there. Aside from WUS, Reddit's /r/leatherclassifieds is a pretty good place to try and commision a strap from one of the craftsmen there.
     
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  11. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    Henry Carter has some very nice scarf's I've found the silk&wool very useful in Canberra. Where we (still) have a winter.
     
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  12. Dairy Phobic

    Dairy Phobic Senior member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm moving to Sydney for school for two years. Any general advice for living in Sydney, in the Lidcombe/Auburn area? I heard winter are pretty brutal because most homes do not have central heating?

    Also is it a terrible idea to move straight into a house listing one has found online right off the plane? B/c I'm gonna do that.

    Also any affordable places to buy suits locally? I imagine I may need a couple.

    Thanks
     
  13. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    Stay safe OP.
     
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  14. Dairy Phobic

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    lol whats wrong with it? I've heard it's not the nicest area though no details, but I can't tell if you are just meme'ing me. It's really close to school for me and seems convenient with the new woolworths, aldi, kmart, costco around
     
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  15. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Say hello to Salim for us.

    Winter in sydney? Brutal is not what comes to mind lol it's not cold at all really unless you are at the foot of the blue mountains.
     
  16. blahman

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    More importantly, does Auburn do good bahn mi and vietnamese coffee for cheap?
     
  17. Osiris2012

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    Who was the member who got the green overcoat made from Oscar hunt?

    Any chance of reporting the real life pics, couldn't find them in the original thread
     
  18. nabilmust

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    He is, after, all, not a farmer.
    Oh.. kay then


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    I have their grey sweatshirt. It's the best sweatshirt I own. When I first bought it, it was a little large on me (I got the Medium). I put it in the dryer once and now it fits perfectly on me. It's very comfortable, it is cozy, it is soft, plush, warm. It is also very sharp, so it looks at home whether worn over a t-shirt or a collared shirt. The loopback fabric has lived up to its form and shape even after multiple washes and is one of the better looking/made loopbacking I've seen out there.

    This is actually the post that made me come out of the woodwork. It's been a while since an opinion piece that is divisive, sounded as polite as this. It also did not contain any implicit personal attacks on a general class of people. I didn't feel dismissed for enjoying my vintage rolex, or the fact that it had a patina I wasn't responsible for. I've always enjoyed your posts, @Journeyman ; and this one was no different.

    Where I disagree, I hope I am in my thoughts as genteel as you were in yours.

    The first is the logical premise. I don't necessarily think that one is paying for the patina, as much as the person is paying for something vintage. There are definitely exception to this, and every rule. The patina is a necessary consequence of an aged good, like a vintage watch. In essence, a vintage watch collector is buying something used, and used well. One key indicator of that is the patination of that watch (you can't get patination if you keep a watch out of sunlight for 40 years). Some collectibles are valued on how minty their condition is. Vintage watches not so much. Vintage watch collectors don't regard 'mint condition' vintages as much as a well-used vintage. Perhaps it's the juxtaposition, perhaps it's romantic, who knows?

    Second, I cannot be responsible for the patina on a watch that was made, and used, decades before I was born. That should not disentitle me from enjoying my vintage watch. Or from placing a subjective value on a subjective matter.

    This leads me to my third point, like any niche market, the valuation exercise of its goods exists in its own ecosystem with its own rules. You have to be in the ecosystem to understand it. It doesn't mean I invalidate any views on the ecosystem per se and I accept that you have your sentiments about vintage watches.


    Not quite the best equivalence, but I can see where you're coming from.
    This should probably be the opening line of every post.
     
  19. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    CD.

    Here are some from Jared at OH.
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  20. California Dreamer

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    Thanks guys for your input.

    JM, I think your point about the fabric could be a deal-breaker. As you can see from the photo at the sleevehead, it's pretty well matched up, and it could only be made worse. Same with the roping, I think. I certainly agree with you about steering clear of functioning sleeve buttons as a rule, but temptation won out here.

    fxh, I'd norrnally agree with you there, but in this case I need to take about 1" off the sleeve. As you can see from the photo, that's going to bring the lowest button down to the sleeve hem. i'm not sure I'll be able to disguise that, even if I leave the third of the 3 remaining buttons undone.

    Sliq, I do indeed love this jacket, and I hope you guys can see why. Sadly I think this is shaping as such a big job, I'm probably going to conclude that this one is not for me.

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