The Hand Sewn Buttonhole Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AnGeLiCbOrIs, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    May I suggest that all manufacture or brand name be removed, and that we enjoy the "handwok" without the bias of knowing that it's some supposed Italian masterpiece.

    There is already so much preconceived notions and prejudices about these things.
     


  2. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    I started out loving the TF (Milanese?) buttonhole, but after a while they look a bit too fine for its own sake. I'd have the A&S ones any day.
     


  3. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Affiliate Vendor

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    Each manufacturer does it differently and I like being able to compare one to another. I doubt that anyone would argue that the Zegna or bottom Kiton in the OP are pretty regardless of the fact that they are on popular $6,000+ suits.
     
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  4. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The gold one is not Tom Ford, I did it.

    If you're interested, I published an article in The Rake on the Asola Lucida- I think it's still on shelves.
     


  5. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    All handsewn buttonholes are pretty, at least to clothing aficionados on SF.

    But sewing a buttonhole is just a technical skill, which anybody with fingers and thumb can learn to do.

    I'd hate for this thread continue to perpetuate the myth that quality clothing only come from Italy/England.
     


  6. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just as anyone with fingers and a thumb can learn to draw. But as we see from some of the photos posted above, not everyone can learn to do it well.



    Ok, so some examples from America. *Ahem*

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    Amazing....:worship2:
     


  8. TonyThe Tailor

    TonyThe Tailor Senior member

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  9. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Wow, jeffreryd's look amazing! Here's my small contribution of jacket sleeves with handmade button holes by Alicja Maciejewicz in NJ:

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  10. Stugotes

    Stugotes Senior member

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    More TF


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  11. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Your buttonholes don't look neat, kinda shoddy actually
     


  12. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    Unfortunately for this forum, some brands are so universally worshipped, that even shoddy worksmanship are explained away as being quarks/house-style/rustic charm/idiosyncracies of "handwork"

    I just think that evaluations will be more objective by blinding the evaluators to the brand.
     


  13. jefferyd

    jefferyd Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    QED





    Thanks guys. :)
     


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    mmkn Senior member

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    Here's one by member dkst posted the London Lounge on one of his own creations . . .

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    He doesn't seem a tailor to me, but more a hobbyist/aficionado.

    Beautiful, nevertheless.

    - M
     


  15. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    :cheers: well done.


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    i find there are a few different general shapes, each with variations of course.

    1. the straight button hole, self explanatory.

    2. the key hole, where it is mostly straight, with a circular opening at the end.

    3. the pear/tear drop shape, where the button hole gets progressively wider from the closed portion, culminating in a circular end.

    when done best, my favorite is the pear/tear drop shape. i have seen it done really really well by zegna, on their couture suiting. couldnt find a pic tho.
     
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