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post #16 of 354
Here are more pics. I was looking at these myself for a jacket. The thornproof has a tighter weave than the W. Bill.


post #17 of 354
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post
this.

Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?

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Originally Posted by M. Charles View Post
I suppose you've seen this, but I'll post it anyway just in case:

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/...-shopping.html

Hey, that's the one. The black and white swatch. I must have just missed Will.
post #18 of 354
I'd lean towards 3 patch as well. I've heard that Chan can often make their patch pockets a bit on the larger side so you may want to give them measurements based on an existing jacket's pockets. I personally prefer patch pockets to look a touch leaner than wider. Then again, I'm a skinny guy.
post #19 of 354
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Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?

I think with the right kind of fabric 3 patch pockets can look fine on a suit. This seems to be one of those fabrics that would work for it so it may be a good opportunity to utilize it as it's already a casual suit.

I'd personally do either 3 patch or welt with flap pockets. The latter would be a cool Mad Men wintry suit. As always though, follow your gut.

I am going to be getting the Minnis brown glen plaid flannel with rust overcheck made into a 3-piece this winter and I may do the 3 patch pockets as well. Realistically, I'll be wearing the jacket solo more often than a suit though.
post #20 of 354
I like the looks of the W. Bill much better, but the question is whether it will hold up as trousers. I would've guessed no, but we have 2 tailors and Will saying that it will be OK...

I personally think the 34542 is very nice.
post #21 of 354
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So, I checked out the Scabal, P&H and W. Bill swatches yesterday. The tailor said any could be made into a suit including the W. Bill stuff, which I really liked. Nice and chunky (I think it's 13+ oz) and it has the color I am after: light gray (which is really black/white with colored flecks). So, I might go with that. Haven't placed the order yet, though. Would anyone still advise against this in a suit (trousers)? Side question: Which pocket configuration would you choose for a Donegal suit? ps. I might want to wear the jacket as a separate once in a while. 3 patch 2 patch with welt 2 flap with welt
Patch pockets on a donegal tweed suit!? That will look nasty. Flap pockets and a welt. Also, maybe a ticket pocket. I regret getting a ticket pocket on mine but that would be fine. Also, while I have doubt that you can make up all the different donegals into a suit, I dont think the hairier stuff from W. Bill is going to be comfortable (even if the pants are completely lined) and will bag and come apart easier that the others. If that isnt a concern, then whatever. I find it amusing how some people torture themselves with an overabundance of choice. The Porter and Harding cloth is the suiting one.
post #22 of 354
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Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?

Nope.

I don't see why it would - especially if you get the natural shoulders you normally get on your Chans.
post #23 of 354
The Porter and Harding is really nice. I almost ordered a pair of pants in it, but 17 oz. seemed way too heavy for San Diego. I agree with FNB about the pockets. I think the suit in post # 7 looks great.
post #24 of 354
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Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?



It would look great as a suit, IMO. I've seen a few that have looked nice.
post #25 of 354
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It would look great as a suit, IMO. I've seen a few that have looked nice.

I am having trousers made up for my existing 3 patch coat. I was hesitant at first but I think it will make a nice casual suit.
post #26 of 354
I really like the idea of this suit, Parker. (Then again, I really like casual suits.) I am looking forward to seeing the result.

FWIW:
For one of my casual suits I chose FNB's option, including ticket pocket; different kind of fabric (no tweed; a brown wool/cashmere herringbone); no regrets about that choice. For another one I chose patch+welt, for a practical/esthetic reason: I want my glasses/sunglasses to fit in the breast pocket (even in autumn/winter) and I don't like long or big patched breast pockets.
post #27 of 354
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I am having trousers made up for my existing 3 patch coat. I was hesitant at first but I think it will make a nice casual suit.
I bought a Donegal suit last year but haven't worn it yet because until recently I couldn't decide what to pair with it. I've decided to wear it on weekends or casual days at work with a Tartan wool tie and shell saddle shoes. It's still too warm to wear it now, but I'm looking forward to a cold wintery day to wear it.
post #28 of 354
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post
3 patch
2 patch with welt
2 flap with welt

The three-patch sounds great for a more casual fabric.
post #29 of 354
I like the idea of unlined donegal tweed pants as I think it is good to feel the itch. It puts you more in touch with the cloth and the hand of the artisan who made it. That said, I don't have any.
post #30 of 354
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post
I really like the idea of this suit, Parker. (Then again, I really like casual suits.) I am looking forward to seeing the result. FWIW: For one of my casual suits I chose FNB's option, including ticket pocket; different kind of fabric (no tweed; a brown wool/cashmere herringbone); no regrets about that choice. For another one I chose patch+welt, for a practical/esthetic reason: I want my glasses/sunglasses to fit in the breast pocket (even in autumn/winter) and I don't like long or big patched breast pockets.
It would be interesting to do a Harrisons Millionaire cashmere fabric in a herringbone or other tweed pattern as a suit. But the Donegal Tweed by Porter and Harding has survived to this time with a certain flexibility to it. It's supple and breathable. It's still a little too much for San Diego but I dont get hot in it which is a bellwether for comfort.
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