How much for working buttonholes

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  1. rdlrkl

    rdlrkl Active Member

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    How much do you think a tailor should charge to shorten cuffs on a jacket and add working button holes (to basted sleeves)? Does $100 seem high?

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    How much do you think a tailor should charge to shorten cuffs on a jacket and add working button holes (to basted sleeves)? Does $100 seem high?

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    I had the same question a week ago. Except that my tailor wanted $150 for all of that. How many buttons do you want? I ended up finding another tailor just for the sleeves. He charged $25 for shortening the sleeves and $10 per working button, but I'd rather do the faux button hole with sewed on buttons. Those ended up way cheaper, something like $5-6 per button.
     
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    I know it isn't comparable, but I got a cheap (in quality, cut, pretty much everything...but it served its purpose) jacket for $30 (might have been half-off) at Urban Behavior with working button-holes. I really wish you could find more jackets like this. It depresses me just a little bit when I find a jacket I like in the store, but the buttons don't work.
     
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    I did this. Yet still could not attain the utmost round, nor scorn the base degrees from which I did ascend.

    Lear
     
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    I'm not sure Shakespeare faced this issue, but thanks for that anyway.

    I did this. Yet still could not attain the utmost round, nor scorn the base degrees from which I did ascend.

    Lear
     
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    Assuming this is a style thing with you, over full functioning, you can cut the tailoring cost, perhaps significantly, by having just the button closest to the end made working. And leave that one unbuttoned, etc.
     
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    I know it isn't comparable, but I got a cheap (in quality, cut, pretty much everything...but it served its purpose) jacket for $30 (might have been half-off) at Urban Behavior with working button-holes. I really wish you could find more jackets like this. It depresses me just a little bit when I find a jacket I like in the store, but the buttons don't work.

    It's the opposite for me--if I like an RTW jacket, but it has surgeon's cuffs, I put it back. Working buttonholes do nothing for me except to make it more difficult to shorten the sleeves, which I virtually always need. They certainly don't add that bespoke flair any more.
     
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    I had the same question a week ago. Except that my tailor wanted $150 for all of that. How many buttons do you want? I ended up finding another tailor just for the sleeves. He charged $25 for shortening the sleeves and $10 per working button, but I'd rather do the faux button hole with sewed on buttons. Those ended up way cheaper, something like $5-6 per button.
    Huh? [​IMG] OP, where are you located? This is a major factor in tailor prices.
     
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    My tailor is crazy expensive and he charges $80 for sleeve length and 8 buttonholes
     
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    ...but I'd rather do the faux button hole with sewed on buttons. Those ended up way cheaper, something like $5-6 per button."

    Huh? [​IMG]

    What is it you don't understand about that?
     
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    Huh? [​IMG]
    OP, where are you located? This is a major factor in tailor prices.
     
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    for chicago thats a very reasonable price.
     
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    My tailor is crazy expensive and he charges $80 for sleeve length and 8 buttonholes

    i dont think he values his work very much.
     
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    $100 sounds fair. i pay this much in Miami without sleeve shortening working buttholes however, are both free and priceless at the same time [​IMG]
     
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    $100. Bloody hell. I had mine done in London and it was £65 in total along with finishing/taking down the legs on three pairs of trousers. He did a decent job of it too. I think it was £25 or something for the buttonholes, starting from an unfinished Brooks Bros suit.
     

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