I sat down last evening and started working on a lined jacket that needed the sleeves shorten. This jacket has three faux buttonholes and buttons on each sleeve. The only way to shorten the sleeves is to rip out the faux buttonholes. Here is one of the sleeves after I ripped out one buttonhole and have the button removed off the middle buttonhole. The fabric is slick and not tightly woven. One false move with the seam ripper and I am going to put a hole in this!
I managed to get all three buttonholes ripped out of one sleeve and one out of the other sleeve. It took me about 2 hours. Here is the sleeve with all taken apart. I think after I press it the buttonhole marks will dimish. I will sew the buttons back on the jacket after I hem the sleeve and that will disguise any remaining marks.
The only other thing I could have done would be to take the sleeves out of the jacket and shorten the sleeves from the cap (which I have done on other jackets for this lady), but since this fabric is delicate I didn't want to go that route. Tonight I work at the art museum so my seam ripper will get a rest tonight.