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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by kolecho
For blue shades, solid can be boring and too commonplace. Nailhead with its surface texture is much richer. Try hopsack for surface texture but solid look.

hop sack is nice choice and 1 to be considered i guest the overall question is what is the purpose of this suit you have in mind, if it is a all purpose suit then maybe the plain would be the safest bet but if you just want to and this color to you colection the i would go with a textured fabric!
post #32 of 45
This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be.
post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be.
The obvious solution is to get the plain one first, then the birdseye.
post #34 of 45
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
This, my friends, is a very dangerous thread. My only navy suit (vintage) is reaching the end of its useful life, and a new navy is my next proposed commission from Chan. Devil on my shoulder says go with the birdseye (which I much prefer to nailhead). The more practical voice says to opt for the plain navy, "dull null" that it may be.

Get all three and join the dark side
post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by Manton
The obvious solution is to get the plain one first, then the birdseye.

But then pushed back are plans for the glen plaid, the charcoal herringbone, the tan mohair. Oh curse this middle income.
post #36 of 45
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Originally Posted by Film_Noir_Buff
It's actually not that crazy. You rarely see a birdseye above a 10oz cloth and you see a lot more nailhead fabrics in the lighter weights.
I have five worsted books on my desk (2x 10/11, 11/12, 13, 15) that each have a bunch of birdseyes and nailheads. And that's all from one merchant. Heavyweight nailheads almost always have big "dots". They are more casual than the finer cloths found in the lower weights.
post #37 of 45
I don't particularly like nailshead patterns on cloth. I think a richly colored solid can be more compelling.
post #38 of 45
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
I don't particularly like nailshead patterns on cloth. I think a richly colored solid can be more compelling.
He is right on this it's really more of a comparison of two specific fabrics in order for us to really decide which is nicer.
post #39 of 45
post #40 of 45
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Originally Posted by whoopee
I have five worsted books on my desk (2x 10/11, 11/12, 13, 15) that each have a bunch of birdseyes and nailheads. And that's all from one merchant.

Heavyweight nailheads almost always have big "dots". They are more casual than the finer cloths found in the lower weights.


That's a lot of books. You're quite the connoisseur. I think Birdseye is always in the heavier end of a weight class. For instance when a book is 11/12 ounces, that doesn't usually mean the cloth is 11.5 ounces per yard, but rather that some are 11 and some, like Birdseye, will be 12.
post #41 of 45
I don't really have a Navy suit without windowpanes, etc. (crazy, I know), and so I'm going through the same issues. I'm going to get solid. Nothing more classic really. 3 button, double vent, solid navy suit. Haven't yet decided with whom I should go.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by zjpj83
I don't really have a Navy suit without windowpanes, etc. (crazy, I know), and so I'm going through the same issues. I'm going to get solid. Nothing more classic really. 3 button, double vent, solid navy suit. Haven't yet decided with whom I should go.
zjpj, nothing wrong with another solid, but consider getting a navy or dark blue windowpane, maybe even a subtle glen plaid. Mine became one of my most-loved suits the first time I tried it on. Here's a pic of a slate blue glen check with royal blue overcheck (not the best, and I think the lens was a bit smudged): You can see that the glen plaid isn't obvious, though in daylight it's noticeable from ten feet away or so. Similar cloths are available from a lot of merchants and in a variety of weights. The weaves are generally fairly porous, so you can go a tick above what you might normally use. FNB, what you observed about weights squares with my limited experience. I am no connoisseur, just a sucker for fine fabrics. In fact, a couple books are only here because you allayed my concerns when I asked about them on your forum. So thanks.
post #43 of 45
Whoopee, you've misunderstood: zjpj has NO solids, so he's now considering one. Nice suit, by the way.
post #44 of 45
Oops, you're right. Thanks.
post #45 of 45
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Originally Posted by Teacher
Whoopee, you've misunderstood: zjpj has NO solids, so he's now considering one. Nice suit, by the way.
Indeed. My only solid suit is a solid charcoal. I really think I need some of the staples.
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