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post #3391 of 3848
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Originally Posted by w.o.e.is.me. View Post

Is there a consensus on what size of square is considered ideal around here?
just wondering.

IMO, 16x16 is the minimum size for a hank you're likely to puff. Something to be folded, like a white cotton or linen can be smaller, but unless it's really thick fabric, I'd still want 16x16 to have the option of puffing. For some of my jackets, I could even use 18x18 to keep smoother silks from falling down in the pocket.

And, congratulations on the launch of your new line! The hanks in particular look great.
post #3392 of 3848
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Also depends on what the square is made of. Squares made out of stiffer material can be smaller because they won't ball up as much in the pocket.
Most are thin silk, but the quality feels good.
post #3393 of 3848
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Originally Posted by Rankiz View Post

Most are thin silk, but the quality feels good.

For the ones you have, I'd go no smaller than 16x16, as SB suggested.
post #3394 of 3848
Most of my squares are 12-13" and they don't fall down. How deep is your pocket? All my US 36 jacket pockets are 6" deep, but in my experience there is not much variation even on larger sizes. So if you think about the puff or TV fold as roughly folding it in half plus a little higher if you angle the folded square, then 12-13" should be perfect. It's a delicate balance because you don't want too much fabric or it'll leave an unsightly bulge in your pocket, and it might ride up.
 
Cotton and linen have a rougher finish so they tend to stay put, but the smoothness of the finish is important for silks. A dry finish will stay in place while a smooth silk will move around, which is generally undesirable—too small and it falls down, too big and it rides up. With my silk pocket squares I can do a reverse puff or even point and puff which uses up more fabric so when folded it doesn't fill the pocket all the way, and even then it doesn't move around.
 
We've gone over this subject many times before. Definitely there are strong camps for 12" and for 16". It doesn't make sense to me. But maybe I'm wrong about the consistency of pocket sizes. Please everyone, post the depth of your pocket and your jacket size. Maybe some pockets are looser than others? I don't leave squares in the pockets as that can stretch them out.
 
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Originally Posted by Rankiz View Post

Purchased many unfinished pocket squares, but they are quite big (17x17, 18x18" etc), what should I really do with them? Will they fold nicely?

Why did they make these unfinished? If you wanted a smaller one you can always just chop off the edge.

post #3395 of 3848
Two responses:

A) Get someone to finish the edges. Any decent seamstress can do it. Mine charges me $10 each.
B) 16x16 is my strong preference for silk squares. I'd much rather be generous than stingy.
post #3396 of 3848
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Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post

Two responses:

A) Get someone to finish the edges. Any decent seamstress can do it. Mine charges me $10 each.
B) 16x16 is my strong preference for silk squares. I'd much rather be generous than stingy.
I am not good enough to finish the edges myself, 10$ for hand finished edges?
post #3397 of 3848
LA apparently has an abundance cheap, quality alterations tailors and seamstresses. The prices Jesse quotes are so far below anything I've found in San Francisco. frown.gif
post #3398 of 3848

I need a new pocket square for the norwegian national day, 17th of May. I am not willing to spend more than around $20-30 this time, I'll rather get something of higher quality (or whatever it is you pay for, I mean, it's not like it can be worn out or anything) later. But for now, I need to find something quick.

 

It will be worn with a suit in this exact colour: 

 

Could anyone suggest a colour or pattern? Or even link me directly to something that would suit? I have a hard time trying to imagine how it would look like. I prefer knitted ties, thus I will be wearing either a orange, navy or green knitted tie, similar to those:

 

Thanks,

Jostein.

post #3399 of 3848
I have no opinion, but you have the Berg & Berg store in Norway, so perhaps they have something you like:

http://bergbergstore.com/

Edit: I have also found this norweigean store which apparantly have some themed items for your national day:

http://www.zlixx.no/17-mai
post #3400 of 3848

I can, and prefer, to purchase over the internet :)

post #3401 of 3848
Great, then you can buy from both of those stores i linked to.
post #3402 of 3848
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang View Post

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Most of my squares are 12-13" and they don't fall down. How deep is your pocket? All my US 36 jacket pockets are 6" deep, but in my experience there is not much variation even on larger sizes. So if you think about the puff or TV fold as roughly folding it in half plus a little higher if you angle the folded square, then 12-13" should be perfect. It's a delicate balance because you don't want too much fabric or it'll leave an unsightly bulge in your pocket, and it might ride up.

 
Cotton and linen have a rougher finish so they tend to stay put, but the smoothness of the finish is important for silks. A dry finish will stay in place while a smooth silk will move around, which is generally undesirable—too small and it falls down, too big and it rides up. With my silk pocket squares I can do a reverse puff or even point and puff which uses up more fabric so when folded it doesn't fill the pocket all the way, and even then it doesn't move around.
 
We've gone over this subject many times before. Definitely there are strong camps for 12" and for 16". It doesn't make sense to me. But maybe I'm wrong about the consistency of pocket sizes. Please everyone, post the depth of your pocket and your jacket size. Maybe some pockets are looser than others? I don't leave squares in the pockets as that can stretch them out.
 
Why did they make these unfinished? If you wanted a smaller one you can always just chop off the edge.

It's partly a matter of preference. One man's "unsightly bulge" is another man's perfect puff. To me, often the 12-13" smooth silk squares sometimes look a little bit flat and lifeless, because they don't have enough body to really fill out the pocket. Some people prefer that kind of fold though.

I'm pretty sure my patch-pocketed jackets have pockets shallower than 6", but I will check later.
post #3403 of 3848
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Originally Posted by Josteinbk View Post

I can, and prefer, to purchase over the internet smile.gif

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Originally Posted by SHS View Post

Great, then you can buy from both of those stores i linked to.

What I mean is, I don't know anything about the norwegian national day, so perhaps you should contact one of these norwegian shops, and get their opinion.
post #3404 of 3848
Kent, the breast pocket on today's suit is 6.5" deep, and I'm wearing a 16" silk square today. It's essentially folded in half (along the diagonal axis) and stuffed in the pocket. I've had to perk it up several times today...
post #3405 of 3848

Thanks for your suggestions SHS. That said, the reason why I want a new pocket square is basically that I have to wear a suit, and I am lacking pocket squares.

 

The pocket square does not have to have anything to do with the national day in specific, I'm not looking for a flag or anything. I'm just looking for a pocket square that would fit with a charcoal suit. I suppose I shouldn't have mentioned that part at all, as I can see how it might be confusing.

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