Well, I'm glad this thread has sparked so much interest and elicited all these wonderful comments. Apparently the country suit is not yet dead, at least in our minds!
novalis, I hadn't really noticed the collar on the Donaldson suit until you pointed it out. Funny how revealing a picture can sometimes be. I've never really noticed that curve; I'll have to pull out some of the other Donaldson suits and see if they have the same collar construction.
NYB, please let us know how your suit comes out. Pictures would be even better, if possible.
While I was cleaning up the dining room the other day (don't ask!) I came across this bolt of cloth I bought a while back at the thrift store and then promptly put away. It's a beautiful tweed and there's about 7 yards of it. I think it could make a spectacular suit. I'm not going bespoke anytime soon--too much of op's bespoke in my closet--so if anybody here is thinking about having a tweed suit made but needs a little push, I'd be happy to send this cloth out at no charge. There are no tags or markings identifying the maker, but it seems to be fairly high-quality cloth and the finish appears hard enough to make pants a realistic choice. The hues are predominantly muted greens and browns, with the occasional fleck of brilliant saphire, emerald, and scarlet. I think you can make this out in the close-up. Drop me a message if you think you might be interested. My wife will be so pleased.