Edited by imatlas - 1/21/14 at 4:07pm
Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread - Page 560
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Not quite an unfunded liability but hopefully will be soon. Have a big birthday coming up and would like to commission something for the occasion. The party is in May. I was thinking about a linen suit but have recently been drawn more towards the idea of a sportcoat and odd pants. I feel like I understand suiting fabrics decently well but sportcoats are tougher, especially for the warm weather months.
I spent some time today with Frank thinking through options and below are some contenders. Would welcome any input - please be honest, I dont mind starting over entirely and would welcome suggestions. These are all either linen or linen/wool/silk.
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Continuing to think through possibilities for a spring/summer sportcoat. Per the suggestion of a few folks here, I looked through a few silk/wool books and came upon the below fabric. It is from Drapers and despite looking a bit grey in the photo it is much more blue in real life. I definitely like the fabric but fear it looks too much like a fall/winter jacket in a summer weight (8oz). Will this look incongruous when made up for the warmer months?
When merchants or tailors say 'jacketing' they mean that it is of a pattern or weave/fibre composition more applicable as a jacket on its own. So softer fibres such as cashmere, or spongey less-tightly woven tweeds such as a Shetland or a handwoven Donegal would be considered jacketings. Loud patterns might also be in a jacketing book.
That said if its a worsted wool or blend as you've shown above I don't see why they wouldn't work as trousers. Check with your tailor or the merchant and ask their opinion on use for a suit.