Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Tuxedo Shirt Modification

I recently purchased a tuxedo shirt form Rugby with the intent of modifying it once it arrived.   It lacks button holes for studs, and instead uses standard buttons that are visible like a more everyday kind of shirt.  I went about fixing this and documenting the simple process (below):

1) Remove four buttons using a seam ripper.  Be sure to leave the top button alone.

2) Take the shirt to an embroidery shop or a very versatile tailor where they have the machines that can add these button holes.  In Manhattan, I went to Jonathan Embroidery Plus at 256 West 38th street.

3) Have the new button holes lined up with the existing ones.  I did this by leaving the button thread in place after I ripped the buttons off.  The technician at the machine then used the loose threads there as guides for the holes she added.

4) Voila!  That’s it!  Now go enjoy your updated new shirt!