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  1. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Thanks fxh, think that should feasible. There is plenty of sleeve before the button starts, I could lose maybe an inch, which is about what I need and it would be fine. Normally would not might if they were a little longer than I like but think these need to be shortened to be at that length.

    Very nice MOP buttons so might be nice if they were a little more noticeable (ie closer to sleeve end). Texture of coat is rough linen in Glen Check. Will speak to a tailor and see if they will give it a try. Appreciate the advice.

    Now to find a trusted tailor....

    Edit: Thanks to thebrownman too (I was watching Media Watch when you posted that on your Tumblr and remember agreeing then). ABC on a Monday is usually good for sartorially matters, Media Watch, Dirk Gently, Bored to Death and occasional QandA guest.
     
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  2. blahman

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    I had functional cuffed sleeves shortened before. May look a little odd with last button quite close to the edge, so I just have the last buttons unbuttoned to get the balance back. To the unwashed masses I just look baller.
     


  3. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    The Blahman motto.

    Thanks for another vote on the sleeve issue blahman.
     


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    Plestor Senior member

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    As others have mentioned it just changes the distance of the buttons from the end of the sleeve. I've had this touched in the case of picky about sleeve length no problems (~1cm tho). Try pinning it and see how it looks.

    Quality posts from fxh (on this issue and where to find style).
     


  5. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    fxh - it has and always will be a truism: it's up to the old dogs to teach the young pups "new" tricks...
     


  6. Prince of Paisley

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    I think fxh has answered your question, and basically your approach should depend on common sense.

    Generally, if you are lengthening or shortening a cuff by around half an inch, you can get away without moving the buttons. It's just a matter of unpicking the lining and letting down/taking up the excess sleeve material from the cuff. Working or not buttons, it doesn't matter, as the buttons and the holes don't need to move. Who cares if your sleeve buttons are 1.1 inches from your cuff or 1.5in? It makes 0 difference.

    If you are making more than 5/8ths of an inch alteration (particularly shortening), then you may have to move the buttons or delete buttons as fxh suggested, and so whether they work or not becomes a factor (if they don't work they can unpick the "holes" which is just decorative stitching to look like a closed hole, and then move the buttons themselves up or down and not bother with new fake holes). If the button holes work, you may have to start from the sleevehead.

    Again though, it's only really a problem if you are doing major lengthening/shortening. Personally I've never had to have sleeves altered more than half an inch. Let common sense prevail.
     


  7. Pink Socks

    Pink Socks Senior member

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    Thanks, although think you might put too much faith in my common sense.

    Here is the aforementioned sleeve. Will let you know how I get on. Think I will just visit Katrina's in the CBD or Chronic Fix in Greville Street unless anyone knows anywhere better.

    [​IMG]
     


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    Your comment made me think of this: http://www.quora.com/Did-you-come-t...hat-triggered-your-discovery-How-did-you-cope

    Not sure if anyone else here is on Quora, or has ever heard of it, but it's one of those examples, like StyleForum, where social media is showing how great it can be. Anyway, have a read of the second answer "Dad vs Son: The Smart-Off". I think fathers would enjoy reading it.
     


  9. Prince of Paisley

    Prince of Paisley Senior member

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    ^ For mine (and without a scale on that photo) you probably have a good half inch to play with there (I think if you had even half the current gap between buttons and cuff it would not be noticeable). Most alterations tailors could let them up without any trouble if you tell them not to move the buttons. Be sure to make that clear though in case they get ideas about shortening from the shoulder, or moving the buttons etc.
     


  10. Pink Socks

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    Thanks. That is what I thought/hoping too.
     


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    For those in Melbourne, Soul Devotion was selling a few Sanders models. You can go in and fondle them.

    http://www.soledevotion.com/store/49-sanders
     


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    That is one of the best things I've read in a long time. Thanks for sharing it.
     


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    wife bought a jacket online that is slightly too big so she wants to sell it.
    I told her to try and get it tailored. so does anyone know of a good place on Collins St Rialto towers side?
     


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    What he said! Very good reading.
     


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    i think blahman wears that sort of thing - see if he'll buy it.

    Tell him it works well with no socks and suede bedroom slippers and tight jeans.
     


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