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Moving peacoat buttons instead of letting it out.

spidercan

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What are your thoughts on moving the buttons of a peacoat towards the center (about 1") instead of letting out the sides? My peacoat is a bit tight but there isn't any fabric left to let out. If I move one row of buttons should I move the other row as well? Thanks for the help.
 

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It mostly depends on how the peacoat is structured and how wide the coat is. Depending on the location of pockets, moving buttons may create an awkward unbalanced look. You'll also notice that moving one set of buttons inherently shifts the button stance and creates an almost assymetrical button line. I haven't tried moving both sets of buttons, though I'm sure a good tailor could give you an answer.
 

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If you move one column the other needs to be moved too. Moving the buttons works only if the extra room you need is in the front.
 

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Originally Posted by Matt S
If you move one column the other needs to be moved too. Moving the buttons works only if the extra room you need is in the front.
This. I've had this done on occasion when jackets were slightly too full, with emphasis on slightly.
 

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Originally Posted by Matt S
If you move one column the other needs to be moved too. Moving the buttons works only if the extra room you need is in the front.

+1

The sides are better since you can add the extra width to both the front and back. If you only add it at the front then the back width will still be just as narrow and the whole coat may be skewed towards the back, messing up the balance. Moving them a whole inch might be too much.

Then again, if there's not enough fabric at the sides, you don't have much choice. You might want to try to let out the back seam a correponding amount, though if there's no extra fabric on the sides then I guess it's unlikely there will be at the back either.
 

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I've done this on an overcoat and it worked to give me a little more room. I agree with the poster who said it only works if the coat is slightly off.
 

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since there is no outlet cloth, then you have no other choice.
and yes move both row of buttons, to keep a balanced look.
 

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