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99% of Scabal looks it belongs a Dubai supermall and then the other 1% is really great. The old Shetland book is fantastic.
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The old Shetland book is fantastic.

Just sourced this recently from the old Shetland book. Very nice and the color is pretty accurate.

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Just sourced this recently from the old Shetland book. Very nice and the color is pretty accurate. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Very nice! I have two jackets from this book and it's great stuff.
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

The nicest looking donegals that I've seen (though not in person) are from Scabal, oddly enough.

Are you referring to real Irish donegal?. I have some worsted donegal from Scabal that I made into pants that I like a lot. I've been meaning to make a matching jacket but haven't gotten around to it.
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Why is the Scabal shetland book "old"? Is it discontinued?
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Are you referring to real Irish donegal?. I have some worsted donegal from Scabal that I made into pants that I like a lot. I've been meaning to make a matching jacket but haven't gotten around to it.

Honestly I'm not sure.

The two examples that I've seen and really liked we're made up as suits so maybe worsted.

What I liked was that the cloth was interesting - rich, variegated colors. But without odd flecks of lime green or magenta. I realise that sort of thing is traditional but the historical allusion isn't sufficient to overcome my natural aversion.
Edited by Cantabrigian - 12/3/12 at 11:35pm
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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger View Post

Best Donegal Tweed for a Blazer suit would be...
I'm looking for something Navy, not overly concerned about softness.


Try Harrison's or John G. Hardy. Machine woven. Two weights available as I recall.

 

W.Bill's Donegal's are hand woven, or most are, the cloth is rough and seems to loosely woven to be suitable for trousers. NIce for a jacket though, I have several.

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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

Honestly I'm not sure.
The two examples that I've seen and really liked we're made up as suits so maybe worsted.
What I liked was that the cloth was interesting - rich, variegated colors. But without odd flecks of lime green or magenta. I realise that sort of thing is traditional but the historical illusion isn't sufficient to overcome my natural aversion.[/quot

H & S also has something like that or at least it has in the past.
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Why is the Scabal shetland book "old"? Is it discontinued?

Unfortunately yes.
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If you're looking for donegals I would recommend molloy and sons, they have a great collection that has a bit of heft
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The Molloy collection is superb, but I can't see them working as suitings.

Thanks, Slew.
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Treading into unknown waters and have a few basic questions:

1. How is the hierarchy of purchasing cloth based? Is cloth typically available for purchase from a tailor, cloth store, distributor, manufacturer, or all of the above?
2. Are there online cloth stores or a secret web of underground fabric dealers?

I've no clue how much cloth it takes to make a suit or what kind of price range is available for a quality fabric.
Edited by Mazderati - 12/3/12 at 7:47pm
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Originally Posted by Mazderati View Post

Treading into unknown waters and have a few basic questions:
1. How is the hierarchy of purchasing cloth based? Is cloth typically available for purchase from a tailor, cloth store, distributor, manufacturer, or all of the above?
2. Are there online cloth stores or a secret web underground fabric dealers?
I've no clue how much cloth it takes to make a suit or what kind of price range is available for a quality fabric.

Seems you have quite a bit of reading to do, both on here and at LL.

Reading this entire thread is a start.
Also,
http://www.styleforum.net/t/171293/why-lesser-has-some-hegemony-on-savile-row/0_30

Regarding how much cloth you need, ask your tailor.
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I'll check it out. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by etkl View Post

Also, Kevin & Howlin, a retailer in Ireland, freely sends out swatches. Have you looked at W Bill's books. I'm sure Ercoles has it.

I have seen the WBill, its ok, but thought there may be some better cuts available.

Thanks for all the responses fellas.
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