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The Hand Sewn Buttonhole Thread

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

  1. allaboutshoes

    allaboutshoes Senior member

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  2. luxire

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    Agree, it certainly is something worth learning. Sadly, dont know much about Mr. Beaman or the course though.
     
  3. rs232

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    Then you really want to do a little searching around here for that name before handing over any money. You may be surprised at what you find.
     
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    Sounds ominous... If I was smart, that would've been the first thing I would have done!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Several thoughts.

    First, the buttonholes on the Beaman jacket were not made by Darren -- he used outworkers to do his work, and a finisher did his buttonholes. I think they are quite nicely done, but Darren did not sew them.

    Second, as you can learn, Darren is quite notorious around here for getting in over his head, failing to deliver people's (paid for) clothes, making excuses/false promises, and then disappearing from sight.

    Third, if you are in London, I would have to imagine you could find someone to teach you this for far less than 400 pounds. There are many trained tailors around, and I have to believe you can find one who would be happy to teach you for far less.

    I presume you've read Jeffrey D's blog with instructions? I think he also did a youtube video?
     
  7. davesmith

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    I am in London. The only reason I considered Mr. Beaman was because it was a course I heard about, I'd have to hunt around for some other tailor to help me out.. Might get a round to it one day.

    Jeffery D's blog will be getting a visit from me tonight.. Thanks.
     
  8. rs232

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    Fresh off the Reece machine.

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    lol Nice :)

    Try stripping your twist down. It's a pain in the butt, but the results are so much smoother.
     
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    Spectacular! What thread do you use?
     
  11. Benjamin E.

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    When you do this, do you take one strand of the thread out and use the remaining two or do you have one very long piece of the twist? I tried sewing with 1/3 of the twist and it was pretty wily and difficult to control.
     
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    I split it into three individual lengths. You're right- it's pretty hard to work with but you eventually get the hang of it, and using such a fine yarn makes the buttonhole impossibly smooth and shiny (which, after all, is what Asola Lucida means- shiny buttonhole)
     
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    Here's the lovely Flusser buttonhole that I mentioned earlier. Sorry for the cell phone pic.

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  15. rs232

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    ^That's sewn with a very fine thread! Interesting.


    Yeah, I'm a little scared to go down this path. I fear it may be a slippery slope (although you would say the same thing about milanèse buttonholes, I suppose). I already have an idea on how to reduce the time it takes with stripped twist though! :devil:

    I find it interesting how much I appreciate the 3-button cuff aesthetic now that I'm doing them myself :D

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    This is the nicest cuff closure I have seen.
     
  17. davesmith

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    +1 Absolutely stunning. What's the chance you live in London and would be willing to teach me? [​IMG]
     
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    Ralph Lauren Purple Label by Caruso:

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    And not to turn this into the amateur buttonhole sewer's thread, but Jeffreyd's blog post and rs232's pictures above inspired me to try to sew an asola lucida. Here are my first three attempts:

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    Forgive the sloppiness around the bar tack, I'm still learning! :embar:
     
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    ^Is that suppose to be one of those "Where's Waldo" thingy, but trying to find the buttonhole?
     

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