Great call, Murl--and you can (and will, I suspect) do the Blazersuit project a number of ways at a later date. That green will be so awesome.
Thanks for your responses on the ties, gents--in true deference to this thread, I pulled a Noodles and went in a related but different direction, with a garza grossa grenadine in burgundy from Shibumi. That will be my first garza grossa; can't wait to put it to use.
I do want to think about neats and patterned SCs more, though. I'm not yet convinced that the combination can't be done effectively. Maybe I'll put something together for the Grad Lounge.