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Or join the bright side and get one in a herringbone solaro:nodding:
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Okay - so let's say I were to go with Donegal from B&T in a three patch blazer suit. Which of the following would be best for a first commission:

http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-15
http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-16

Both are cashmere - would that be an issue?
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Genuine question: what is the point of solaro, other than it being 'traditional'? I don't like the reddish sheen and from what I've seen and felt so far, I don't think it's that great for it's intended use as a summer cloth. (Is it, or am I mistaken?)

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Agreed, this is superb. The colour might suit me better than green.

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Originally Posted by EliodA View Post
 

Genuine question: what is the point of solaro, other than it being 'traditional'? I don't like the reddish sheen and from what I've seen and felt so far, I don't think it's that great for it's intended use as a summer cloth. (Is it, or am I mistaken?)

Don't get the love for it either; though I don't like it cotton jacketing/suting in general. Drapes stiffly, creases like a mofo, and isn't cool wearing at all. 

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I think it's just a cool looking suit haha and most of the Italians feel like it's extremely elegant as a cloth. I dunno how it will perform in the summer... But mine was made with unlined sleeves so I can let you know in the summer haha
post #18562 of 37497
That blue flannel

That NOBD pic is legendary.
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Originally Posted by jfrater View Post

Okay - so let's say I were to go with Donegal from B&T in a three patch blazer suit. Which of the following would be best for a first commission:

http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-15
http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-16

Both are cashmere - would that be an issue?

I wouldn't want a cashmere suit for my first bespoke suit.

I also wouldn't want a donegal tweed fabric for my first suit.

Why not get something more versatile like a worsted wool fresco, hopsack, birdseye etc?
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Originally Posted by jfrater View Post

Okay - so let's say I were to go with Donegal from B&T in a three patch blazer suit. Which of the following would be best for a first commission:

http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-15
http://www.yorkshirefabric.com/?product=cashmere-jacketing-16

Both are cashmere - would that be an issue?

I'm sure B&T will have swatches to look at, which is always better than looking at something on a monitor. To me Donegal and cashmere don't really mix. In addition to concerns about how cashmere will hold up as trousers, tweed is supposed to have a bit of a rougher texture and cashmere would seem to get in the way of this.
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Here's a slightly darker option: http://intweed.co.uk/goods-for-sale/donegal-tweed/medium-weight-molloy-donegal-tweed-0701-122

That cloth is a light blue. I have a physical swatch of it at my house

I've heard Porter and Harding Thornproof is the best donegal suiting...
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Porter and Harding is good; don't recall the fabric number but here's a jacket I had made up.

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Again with the cashmere suiting?   :confused:  John G Hardy worsted Alsport has Donegals in 13 oz.  That woulf b my choice. Smoother harder finish than the P&H .   Depends whether you're planning on wearing it to the office, or shooting grouse.

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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

I'm sure B&T will have swatches to look at, which is always better than looking at something on a monitor. To me Donegal and cashmere don't really mix. In addition to concerns about how cashmere will hold up as trousers, tweed is supposed to have a bit of a rougher texture and cashmere would seem to get in the way of this.

 

Yes, for a first commission I'd be sticking with in-stock fabrics, which they will be familiar with. Makes the whole process much simpler.

 

Client-supplied fabric should be fine for subsequent commissions.

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New BnT donegal posted today

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