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Moving a sewn buttonhole on suit sleeve

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by suited, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. suited

    suited Senior member

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    I thrifted an expensive cashmere sport coat that I wanted to have altered and I soon realized that in order to lengthen the sleeves my tailor would need to relocate the top button, making it the bottom button - the trouble being that this garment has sewn holes rather than just sewn on buttons. Has anyone successfully had this done without leaving a highly visible mark on the sleeve where the button used to be? Furthermore, what would be a reasonable price for this alteration on both sleeves? If I remember correctly, in addition to the other alterations I was going to need, it would have cost me upwards of $180 to have the jacket fit correctly - something I wasn't willing to spend given the possibility of ruining the sleeve in the process. Thoughts? (they are not functioning cuffs)



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  2. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    Short answer: Don't do it.
     
  3. NORE

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    How much do you need to lengthen them by? If it is about an inch just have the tailor crate a fifth buttonhole. If he tries to remove the stitching it will leave a mark.
     
  4. suited

    suited Senior member

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    I don't remember exactly, although I doubt I'd want 5 buttons on the sleeve.
     
  5. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    ^^^^This

    Did you try on the jacket in the store? Depending on how much extra length the sleeves need, you may be able to lengthen them without making the buttons look comical.
     
  6. steveoly

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    Not necessarily. Look on the underside of the sleeve. If the stitching goes all the way through like it's pre-cut for functioning button holes, then no, don't do it. If the stitching doesn't go all the way through, your tailor should be able to remove it without any noticeable mark. While this can't be guaranteed, I have had it done with no sign of the button hole stitching upon removal of the thread.
     
  7. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    +1
     
  8. NORE

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    Take another look at the cloth and then the button holes. It will most definitely leave a mark if he had one removed.
     
  9. steveoly

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    ^YMMV. Here's a picture of a suit sleeve on which I had all the faux button hole stitching removed. Not the greatest picture but you get the point.
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