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Sources of Superb British Fabric

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My close friend, a tailor based here in Beijing, is looking for a wholesale source of British fabric. He needs to keep costs low and does not need the most luxuriant stuff out there. Just quality - probably 100s wool - in standard weaves and colors. The costs must be low. Any online sources that you know of that offer fabric in bulk?

Thanks a lot
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in low quantities, there is always how6955 on eBay. Very cheap.
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Originally Posted by m@T
in low quantities, there is always how6955 on eBay. Very cheap.

Hey, don't let other people know! His prices will go up. I have numerous articles of clothing made with his fabric. I'm looking for larger quantities now, though, for business purposes.
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in low quantities, there is always how6955 on eBay. Very cheap.
That's interesting, m@T. Do you know where he gets his wool? Is it lower-quality stuff, or, perhaps, cuttings or left-over wool from top mills?
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That's interesting, m@T. Do you know where he gets his wool? Is it lower-quality stuff, or, perhaps, cuttings or left-over wool from top mills?

I understand he lives near the British mills and buys ends and other pieces directly from them.
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Generally speaking how many metres would be needed to make a 2pc suit for a size 38-40R?? Thanks I am guessing in the 3.0-3.75 metre range.
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Generally speaking how many metres would be needed to make a 2pc suit for a size 38-40R?? Thanks I am guessing in the 3.0-3.75 metre range.

3.5 is safe for solid color cloth and belted trousers. 3.75 to 4.0 if there's a pattern to match. Add another half a meter for high rise trousers.

As you can see, there are variables. Best to ask the tailor how much s/he needs for the pattern you've selected.
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Originally Posted by Will
3.5 is safe for solid color cloth and belted trousers. 3.75 to 4.0 if there's a pattern to match. Add another half a meter for high rise trousers.

As you can see, there are variables. Best to ask the tailor how much s/he needs for the pattern you've selected.

I've gotten away with just 3 meters for a suit in solid fabric and I am 6'1 with a 34 inseam, basically 39l. I made a suit and two pants with 3.8 in striped fabric. Good tailors have tricks (that still let you end up with a good suit)
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