Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread - Page 607
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I'm close to pulling the trigger on a vintage NOS (darker shade) olive Prince of Wales w/ rust overcheck section of cloth (90%/10% wool cashmere) to make up into an odd jacket, but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a good alternative in the most recent books (Ariston? Cacciopoli? H&S, LP? C Barbera?)
for those of you who have seen this combination, can you recommend mills and / books I should look at to know I've made the best choice
I'm looking for a fabric for a summer sports coat in a light colour. I've had success with Minnis Fresco in the past, but this time I was thinking of predominantly linen, but with a bit of either wool or silk woven in to hopefully limit creasing slightly. Alternatively, I've noticed with OTR trousers that linen in a twill weave seems a bit more crease resistant than the usual plain weave linen. I know that creasing is part of the charm of linen, but I am nonetheless keen to experiment with a blend.
I tend to buy from Huddersfield Fine Worsted (Minnis, Hardy) and then sent the fabric to my tailor, but they don't seem to have any linen-based blends, or pure linen in a twill weave. I couldn't see anything from Harrison either. Can anyone suggest a source or book with such a fabric, ideally one that sells to the general public?
Although it is not on their website, HFW have a bunch called 'Portofino' which has some items with linen; and other blends, e.g. bamboo (!). I'm not sure how readily available it is, but last year I saw a very attractive 'look book' advertising this line in a now defunct tailors here in the UK and HFW may be willing to send you swatches if you ask. I've always found HFW agreeable to deal with, even though I'm just a retail customer rather than within the industry.
W. Bill - Lighter than navy
W. Bill - Khaki
Cacciopoli - Khaki - more yellow than the W. Bill - more of a "British Khaki"
The top two fabrics in the picture are from Hardy's sadly discontinued Riviera range (I have three jackets in it, including one in the fabric on the top left, and would have bought many more). As it happens, I do have a length of Worsted Alsport in a similar pattern that I might consider parting with. It's the second from the bottom on this picture:
That's my pic- it's from their old Riveira book. Draper's has something very similar.