is bleeding madras really unavailable? - Page 2
IIRC, the trick with bleeding madras was to dunk it in salt water to limit the bleeding.
Presumably, one could do that with a length of cloth and put it in the dryer before sending it to the tailor or shirtmaker.
Actually, Bleeding madras fabric is available. I bought some at http://patchwork-madras.weebly.com/bleeding-madras-fabric.html, and they were a light weight summery cotton fabric, dyed with vegetable dyes only, and that is what makes them bleeding, as per the supplier. They were also handloomed, thereby adding to the vintage madras feel. I thought they were quite good.
When I was in my late teens (40 years ago!), I had a "bleeding madras" summer shirt. More it was worn in, the better it looked. Alas, as a teen, I soon out grew it. May still be at my mother's house, but stuffing myself in it now would look absolutely gross. On a young person, barely over 100 pounds, with the right pants/shorts, fine. On a 58 year old, at nearly 195 pounds, it would look like shit. Even if I could find one the right size, it would still look like shit.
You should find it and cut it into pocket squares
Well, a while since a post here, but a few comments:
1. Not all bleeding Madras was woven in what some here characterize as "loud" fabrics. For example, I remember one Gant item purchased from Beecroft & Bull in the early '60's that was mostly black with a very subtle red, blue, white, and yellow plaid design that bled-out very nicely. I probably owned every Gant madras shirt made in those days as I was purchasing from as many stores as possible around the nation to form a "collection" of Gant labels since each named a different store and town. I think I had around 60 or more at one time back then.
2. We all wore Madras sport coats to worship services back then and they were mostly in the subtle blues and while certainly plaid, they were not BRIGHT and, as a few posters here stated, loud and obnoxious. I assume some find ANY plaids loud and obnoxious, so that may be a personal taste item.
3. What is characterized and satirized as "preppy" by some posters here was, and is, in my way of thinking, simply called "traditional." Nicely tailored clothing may not be everyone's choice, but natural fabrics draped to fall naturally without shoulder pads in jackets and other modifications typically look normal to me. If others prefer synthetic fabrics and strange combinations I leave that to them.
4. Color is not necessarily bad when used to accent or blend items together. Neckware is typically used to add a dash of color to a suit or sport coat, and today I see people wearing variations on patterned shirts and patterned ties all the time. It isn't my personal taste, but if the items are chosen correctly, they don't come off as "full Toledo's" most of the time.
5. In the early days of color TV, stripes and plaids caused all kinds of issues since the equipment was not able to focus properly on such combinations. Today this is no problem, which is why you sometimes see newscasters taking extreme fashion risks with their wardrobe.
6. Finally, when I was coming along, young people were the wearers of most of the "look at me" clothing and adults typically tried not to "feature" their clothing. Quality and fit was typically the goal regardless of the "style" the adult chose. As Nick Cage's character states in the film Peggy Sue Got Married, "Well, what's the fun of being a teenager if you can't dress weird?"
My college student teen and her friends are all into "vintage" clothing, and she often raids my closet when she is home from school for select items that fit this "style" that they all seem to mix with contemporary clothing. If you see the clothing in the newer film Pitch Perfect, for example, you can see what college students like to wear today. I would call it "eclectic sloppy," but then I am certain they would laugh at what we wore when I attended UNC-Chapel Hill in the '60s and 70's. Styles seem to go in cycles; I think ladies in my mom's generation of the '30's, '40's and '50's looked quite elegant when they wanted to, but it doesn't seem that style will ever come back!