Removing Monogrammed Initials on Shirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ed355, May 19, 2005.

  1. Ed355

    Ed355 Senior member

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    Can one remove monogrammed initials on a shirt with ease, without showing any marks? The shirt I'm looking at has initials on the cuffs. I've never been a fan of monogrammed cuffs. I searched the forum and found a thread on removing pockets but not on this particular topic. Thanks.
     
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    Alias Senior member

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    Close to impossible. The holes and impressions left by the stitching may clear up with laundering and time.

    Edit: Well of course it depends on the monogram itself. Is it one of those really thick-lettered jobs, or is the script light and thin? If it's the latter you'll probably get better results with removal.
     
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    how about getting the collar and cuffs changed to plain white...so u will end up with one of those contrasting shirts that have a patterned body and plain collar and cuffs.
     
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    I had faux buttonholes removed from a suit, which is a pretty similar operation.  There are marks showing where the buttonholes used to be, although fortunately the suit is dark enough that the marks are not readily visible except upon close inspection.  I found it very annoying that Filene's Basement was selling Borrelli shirts with monograms -- I would expect to pay about $10 for that at a consignment store.
     
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    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Cotton does not seem to react the same way that wool does to the removal of stitches. In altering a cotton poplin suit for me to account for weight loss, my tailor remarked "you know this is a one way trip, right?"

    The two options for this situation are to remove the monogram and have a new one stitched in its place, or to have the collars and cuffs changed to white contrast ones. The former will be much less expensive.
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    True, but poplin is a lot more likely to retain the holes than other types of cotton.  Also, washing a cotton shirt with a looser weave will help disguise the holes.  You can't really do that with a poplin suit.

    Personally, I think you'd have better luck if the monogram were not on the cuff.  If the cuffs have a heavy interlining, or worse, fused interlining, I would expect the fabric to retain the holes even more.

    dan
     
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    Thanks. Sounds as though it's more trouble than it is worth. Unfortunately the white contrasting cuffs idea doesn't work in this instance as the item in issue is a tuxedo shirt.
     
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    Why would new clothing have monograms?
     

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