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Donegal recommendation for suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Parker, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    So, I checked out the Scabal, P&H and W. Bill swatches yesterday. The tailor said any could be made into a suit including the W. Bill stuff, which I really liked. Nice and chunky (I think it's 13+ oz) and it has the color I am after: light gray (which is really black/white with colored flecks). So, I might go with that. Haven't placed the order yet, though. Would anyone still advise against this in a suit (trousers)? Side question: Which pocket configuration would you choose for a Donegal suit? ps. I might want to wear the jacket as a separate once in a while. 3 patch 2 patch with welt 2 flap with welt
    Patch pockets on a donegal tweed suit!? That will look nasty. Flap pockets and a welt. Also, maybe a ticket pocket. I regret getting a ticket pocket on mine but that would be fine. Also, while I have doubt that you can make up all the different donegals into a suit, I dont think the hairier stuff from W. Bill is going to be comfortable (even if the pants are completely lined) and will bag and come apart easier that the others. If that isnt a concern, then whatever. I find it amusing how some people torture themselves with an overabundance of choice. The Porter and Harding cloth is the suiting one.
     
  2. TRINI

    TRINI Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?

    Nope.

    I don't see why it would - especially if you get the natural shoulders you normally get on your Chans.
     
  3. Mr. Pink

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    The Porter and Harding is really nice. I almost ordered a pair of pants in it, but 17 oz. seemed way too heavy for San Diego. I agree with FNB about the pockets. I think the suit in post # 7 looks great.
     
  4. JayJay

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    Yeah, I was thinking of 3, but as a full suit would it look weird?



    It would look great as a suit, IMO. I've seen a few that have looked nice.
     
  5. rrosals

    rrosals Well-Known Member

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    It would look great as a suit, IMO. I've seen a few that have looked nice.

    I am having trousers made up for my existing 3 patch coat. I was hesitant at first but I think it will make a nice casual suit.
     
  6. NOBD

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    I really like the idea of this suit, Parker. (Then again, I really like casual suits.) I am looking forward to seeing the result.

    FWIW:
    For one of my casual suits I chose FNB's option, including ticket pocket; different kind of fabric (no tweed; a brown wool/cashmere herringbone); no regrets about that choice. For another one I chose patch+welt, for a practical/esthetic reason: I want my glasses/sunglasses to fit in the breast pocket (even in autumn/winter) and I don't like long or big patched breast pockets.
     
  7. JayJay

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    I am having trousers made up for my existing 3 patch coat. I was hesitant at first but I think it will make a nice casual suit.
    I bought a Donegal suit last year but haven't worn it yet because until recently I couldn't decide what to pair with it. I've decided to wear it on weekends or casual days at work with a Tartan wool tie and shell saddle shoes. It's still too warm to wear it now, but I'm looking forward to a cold wintery day to wear it.
     
  8. ld111134

    ld111134 Well-Known Member

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    3 patch
    2 patch with welt
    2 flap with welt


    The three-patch sounds great for a more casual fabric.
     
  9. set you free

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    I like the idea of unlined donegal tweed pants as I think it is good to feel the itch. It puts you more in touch with the cloth and the hand of the artisan who made it. That said, I don't have any.
     
  10. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Well-Known Member

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    I really like the idea of this suit, Parker. (Then again, I really like casual suits.) I am looking forward to seeing the result. FWIW: For one of my casual suits I chose FNB's option, including ticket pocket; different kind of fabric (no tweed; a brown wool/cashmere herringbone); no regrets about that choice. For another one I chose patch+welt, for a practical/esthetic reason: I want my glasses/sunglasses to fit in the breast pocket (even in autumn/winter) and I don't like long or big patched breast pockets.
    It would be interesting to do a Harrisons Millionaire cashmere fabric in a herringbone or other tweed pattern as a suit. But the Donegal Tweed by Porter and Harding has survived to this time with a certain flexibility to it. It's supple and breathable. It's still a little too much for San Diego but I dont get hot in it which is a bellwether for comfort.
     
  11. withstyle

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  12. Film Noir Buff

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    FYI, I'm selling a pretty nice Thom Browne Donegal suit over in B&S right now... worst case it might be good to help you brainstorm about what you want. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=151599
    Are there any pockets at all on that jacket?
     
  13. JayJay

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    FYI, I'm selling a pretty nice Thom Browne Donegal suit over in B&S right now... worst case it might be good to help you brainstorm about what you want.

    http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=151599

    It's a nice looking suit.
     
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  16. max power

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    The Porter and Harding is really nice. I almost ordered a pair of pants in it, but 17 oz. seemed way too heavy for San Diego. I agree with FNB about the pockets. I think the suit in post # 7 looks great.

    I think the P&H comes in a 14 oz., too, at least for some colors.
     
  17. Mr. Pink

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    I think the P&H comes in a 14 oz., too, at least for some colors.

    I wimped out and got a faux tweed from the Hardy Worsted Allsport book. 12 oz. seems about right for San Diego.
     
  18. Sterling Gillette

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    I'd say go with either three patch or two flap plus ticket flap plus breast welt configuration. Both of these will look appropriate on a suit as sporty as this one.
     
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  20. NOBD

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    Any pictures ??

    Example:

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