• Hi, I'm the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear and fashion.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Removing fake buttons holes from sleeve?

razl

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Aug 10, 2009
Messages
10,732
Reaction score
2,986
I'm looking at a RTW suit that has fake buttonholes on the sleeves which are about 1.5 inches too long for me. With that much to shorten, I don't think it would be successful at the shoulder - so can the buttonholes be removed and redone higher up the arm? I suspect not, but thought I'd ask.

Appreciation in advance!
 

Slickman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 23, 2009
Messages
1,190
Reaction score
89
If there's no real hole cut on the sleeve then a good tailor should be able to shorten the sleeves and re-stitch the buttons back on, if there are holes already cut on the sleeves, then the only way to shorten would be from the shoulder and that's a huge project and require a really experienced tailor, if it is at all possible
 

BerryWall

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2007
Messages
124
Reaction score
10
Some sham sleeve buttonholes will leave a permanent mark when removed, depending on how the sham was sewn and the type of coat fabric. A skilled tailor can assist you in your decision.
 

jblazing

Active Member
Joined
Mar 12, 2010
Messages
42
Reaction score
0
Originally Posted by razl
I'm looking at a RTW suit that has fake buttonholes on the sleeves which are about 1.5 inches too long for me. With that much to shorten, I don't think it would be successful at the shoulder - so can the buttonholes be removed and redone higher up the arm? I suspect not, but thought I'd ask.

Appreciation in advance!


I don't think so. The tailor will generally just leave you with less buttons on the suit sleeve (in my experience).
 

mic

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2010
Messages
367
Reaction score
4
Please clarify: do you mean that the fake buttonholes are just stitching that's been added under the button?
I think it would depend on the tailor. I have to have an inch taken off the sleeves of a jacket with this type of stitching and am not sure what will happen.

Am considering actually having him construct working buttons if it's not too expensive.
 

Sanguis Mortuum

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2006
Messages
5,059
Reaction score
135
Fake (non-working) button-holes can easily be moved, or removed and replaced with working ones. I guess it's possible some stitchmarks could be left on certain fabrics but on most it won't be a problem.

Depending on how much you're shortening the sleeves by you can remove a button from the end then optionally add it back on above the others. You could remove and redo all of the buttons if necessary, but in most cases I expect that would be overkill.
 

Mr.K

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 18, 2008
Messages
2,183
Reaction score
627
A good tailor should be able to remove them. Just ned to be careful, they do sometimes leave marks, just depends on the fabric.
 

rlx

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2006
Messages
277
Reaction score
1
I have them removed all the time on wool suits without problem. I suppose on a light colored cloth or on cotton, marks would be apparent.
 

CutandSew

Senior Member
Joined
May 15, 2009
Messages
209
Reaction score
24
Originally Posted by rlx
I have them removed all the time on wool suits without problem. I suppose on a light colored cloth or on cotton, marks would be apparent.

I've had this done on cotton jackets and there are definitely marks where the stitching used to be.
 

ceriano

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2018
Messages
74
Reaction score
5
My tailor damaged my suit jackets sleeve as he was removing the false stitching. Any suggestion on how to fix this? Should I go with 2 large buttons to cover the mess?

48194640-A2E4-4012-BE4F-4D19A8494F9D.jpeg


9E2E132C-1EDC-4E26-ABB4-47F502819855.jpeg


D87C4E81-6BC5-4497-AE3C-F418FF629C58.jpeg


9F886F24-CED7-4524-B39C-7CD4D38C7313.jpeg
 
Last edited:

mlstein

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 9, 2018
Messages
93
Reaction score
159
The large buttons look bad. Long ago every town had specialists in invisible reweaving who could fix such defects. A few still exist though I don't know of any offhand, and if your tailor is an honorable person he or she should pay for you to send the jacket off for repairs.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

Favorite knitwear under jackets/sport coats

  • Crewneck sweater

  • Turtleneck sweater

  • Long-sleeve polo

  • Vest

  • I don't like knitwear worn with jackets/sport coats


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
454,948
Messages
9,855,868
Members
205,548
Latest member
Jonro
Top