Removing pockets from easy-iron shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dimitri001, Dec 1, 2012.

Tags:
  1. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    I've searched for threads on this topic and the consensus seems to be that it can be done on must iron but not on non iron shirts, but I couldn't find any info on easy iron shirts.

    Has anyone had experience with this?
     


  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

    Messages:
    5,884
    Likes Received:
    638
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2007
    Location:
    Venezia, Italy
    PM a member called "Voxsartoria"
     


  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Messages:
    6,501
    Likes Received:
    473
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Location:
    The Arena - Centerfield
    You'll never get rid of the pocket stitch holes. Why bother? Just buy a pocketless shirt.
     


  4. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    6,102
    Likes Received:
    1,114
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    if the fabric has a synthetic blend it makes it harder to remove the stitch marks. Just successfully removed pockets and flaps from 100% cotton shirts and there is no trace of the old stitch marks.

    If you try it and don't like the result, sew the pocket onto the shirt again.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012


  5. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    3,365
    Likes Received:
    320
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Location:
    NYC
    i know that the sides of most non-iron shirts are glued and stitched to prevent puckering.
    i have never paid attention to the pocket on these shirts, just that they are a pain to alter.

    if the shirt has been glued and stitched, then I would not pull it off.
    you can tell. the edge of the pocket will feel a bit thicker then a normal
     


  6. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Is this true for easy iron shirts as well?
     


  7. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    EDIT: Sorry, double post.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012


  8. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Messages:
    6,501
    Likes Received:
    473
    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Location:
    The Arena - Centerfield
    

    I am going to try this just for fun. Thank you Despos.
     


  9. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Bump, one last try...

    No one's done this on an easy iron?
     


  10. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

    Messages:
    18,315
    Likes Received:
    1,945
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Central Booking
    

    Just try it OR buy shirts w/o pockets...
     


  11. razl

    razl Senior member

    Messages:
    10,015
    Likes Received:
    2,115
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Location:
    United States of America v4.0
    

    Exactly.

    And, since I didn't see anyone mentioning it yet, - get yourself a good seam-ripper to do the job. Don't try it with scissors, knives, etc. And be patient, one stitch at a time - I've done a number of successful "pocket deletes", mostly on normal shirts but a couple on easy-care types. A couple of washings afterwards and it's impossible-to-near-impossible to tell.
     


  12. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    Great news, thanks!
     


  13. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    6,102
    Likes Received:
    1,114
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    When the pocket is removed, use water to dampen the cloth on the stitch marks and scratch over the old stitch mark with your fingernail and then steam for maximum result. launder after this.
     


  14. Dimitri001

    Dimitri001 Member

    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2012
    I read about this method on the forum before (possibly from you). It worked perfectly on the one must iron shirt I removed a pocket from. No signs of a pocket ever being there at all.


    Well, it seems I'm gonna go ahead with this experiment, emboldened by razl's report. Pray for me, as my student budget cannot tolerate a failure.
     


  15. razl

    razl Senior member

    Messages:
    10,015
    Likes Received:
    2,115
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Location:
    United States of America v4.0
    
    The added danger almost guarantees success. As an older, wiser once said: "Do or do not. There is no try" Go get 'em.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by