Lapel Button Hole - Cross Stitching in X Pattern Across - Keep it?

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  1. dreamacast

    dreamacast New Member

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    I have searched and searched and have yet to see anything similiar!

    Was the designer's idea behind this stitched shut (via an x cross pattern over it) lapel button hole (boutonniere) to be left as is? It is a Thomas Pink Wool Blazer with pink stitching on one of the cuff button holes. This "x" stitching across the lapel button is also pink.

    I do like the cross stitching done over this lapel button hole, but am wondering if the design behind it was to allow someone the choice to keep it. While I have seen many sewn shut, I've never seen a lapel button like this. Thoughts?

    Keep it? Take it out? Agree that some (less conservative) would choose to keep it in?

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  2. smittycl

    smittycl Senior member

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    Don't be absurd. Remove it as you would any basting stitch. [​IMG]
     


  3. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Pretty sure he doesn't know that it's basting stitching.

    @dreamacast , it is not there to stay. It's supposed to be removed.
     


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    dreamacast New Member

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    Thanks for replying. That was the specific concern... remove it as I would any other? Clearly the stitching on the vents and shoulders I removed, but had never seen such baste stitching on a lapel button. Not familiar with the sewing process, I wondered why a sewn shut buttonhole would have this stitching. I didn't realize (which I assume) is true that perhaps it's for the purpose of sewing the button shut? Still not sure of that.

    Regardless, I wondered if the designer (for right or wrong) intended the stitching in this case to remain as a statement of sorts. Further the fact that all other tacking was a different color thread, except this, which was a pink (coordinating with the single sleeve button hole contrast stitching).

    Thanks again.
     


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    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    It's possibly/probably a functional buttonhole. That being said, much of this stuff except at the top-end is purely marketing affectation to differentiate it visually from the sea of other jackets on a store shelf. I'd say that's probably the case here.

    In general, though, lots of brands use basting in their own colors; Isaia for example has its bright red basting, Hickey Freeman uses gold/yellow, etc.

    In any case, to echo what others have said... definitely remove it as you would a brand tag/label stitched onto the sleeve.
     
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    Thank you. That is a great explanation and makes sense. Particularly it certainly caught my attention walking by the jacket (albeit, I too have been a fan of Pink shirts in the past). Thank you again for your kind reply.
     


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    Sorry if I pounced on initial reply. [​IMG]
     


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