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Recreating faux holes on shortened jacket sleeve - possible?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alfred001, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Alfred001

    Alfred001 Well-Known Member

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    If you have to shorten a jacket sleeve so much that the buttons have to be repositioned is it possible for a tailor to recreate the faux button holes, and if so is that expensive?

    How expensive is it to add working button holes?
     


  2. msulinski

    msulinski Distinguished Member

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    I'm sure it isn't too hard, but why bother? They don't really look great.

    Working button holes can be expensive ($200+), but the cuff has to be designed such that it can separate. Not all jackets are so equipped.
     


  3. Alfred001

    Alfred001 Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the look of the buttons just sewn on.

    Has anyone actually had this done?
     


  4. msulinski

    msulinski Distinguished Member

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    I have a navy suit like this, and I think it looks fine. I'm not sure how many makers do this.
     


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    Alfred001 Well-Known Member

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    C'mon someone's gotta know about this!
     


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    Yes, it can certainly be done. Most tailors should be able to do it as most modern sewing machines should be able to stitch a buttonhole shape.

    Bear in mind that whilst having non-working (faux) buttonholes is not too hard, it's quite a bit more effort and expense to have working buttonholes and, as pointed out above, you need to have extra fabric in the cuff end of the sleeve so that the sleeve end can be opened up. A smaller number of alterations tailors would be prepared to do this, and not all would be able to do it well.
     


  7. warrenjl1

    warrenjl1 Senior Member

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    First off, sorry to bump an old thread. I just took delivery of this linen jacket and am hoping you guys can help. It has the faux buttonholes, but I need them shortened. Wondering if it's going to show when they remove the faux holes. It's a really open weave linen. Pic:

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  8. RDiaz

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    I think they would leave less of a mark on such an open weave than on a tight worsted, but I may be wrong. It looks like that sleeve could be shortened a bit without moving the buttons though, how much do you need?
     


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    A solid 1.5" I think. Maybe they could just remove the first button all together and just leave three... Thanks for the reply.
     


  10. gambit50

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    Shortening 1.5?
    You could give the distance form last button to hem but I would think it can't be much more than that.
    In that case, you need to remove at least a button or two or move them. Cannot comment on how the fabric will look after removing the faux hole thread.
     


  11. Macallan

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    Get the sleeve shortened from the shoulders, it will cost more but if you shorten it from the sleeve end, it will not look good because of the cloth.

    By shortening it from the shoulders, the buttons and faux button-holes will be left alone.
     


  12. RDiaz

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    If you need that much, then yep, just have one button removed. You could place it back on top but I think that would look off (too close to the end of the vent)

    Shortening from the top is another alternative but will be more expensive.
     
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