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Thick and heavy Tweed roll call

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jerome, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to ask if anyone still wears this sort of heavy thorn-proof etc. tweed that is so nicely unfit for any modern office, so impractical in modern society? Today it snowed/rained here (maybe had about 3-1°C, I'd say) and I wore only a shirt, a cashmere scarf and a heavy tweed jacket (+ trousers&shoes-gloves etc of course) and was quite comfortable when quickly hied myself to the bank and the local grocery store. It was some really ghastly weather today and I spent the rest of the day in deep solitary contemplation, reading and dedicating myself to my various studies, at home..

    Share your tweed stories and adventures here if you'd be so kind!
     
  2. fdbaker

    fdbaker Well-Known Member

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    I like my tweed thick enough to stop a bullet.
     
  3. Michael Ay329

    Michael Ay329 Well-Known Member

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    21oz. London Lounge Brown Herringbone 3 piece Tweed suit by Lovat Mill
    [​IMG]

    What better way to wear tweed than with a Gaziano & Girling Thorpe Boot
    [​IMG]
     
  4. gshen

    gshen Well-Known Member

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    ~22oz tweed, described by the weaver, Butt of Lewis tweeds, as follows:

    "I have just made this new Tweed, from 100% wool, the weft contains 4 thin threads twisted together to make a beautiful strong heavier Tweed. I don't know if you ever bought the traditional heavy Harris Tweed, which is so scarce now, I would say that it is similar to that."

    [​IMG]

    Action shots:
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    With bonus tweed hat:
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    DAMN this thing keeps me warm! I can only imagine how nice and warm Michael's 3pc would be on a bloody cold Finnish winter's day..
     
  5. pandamonium

    pandamonium Well-Known Member

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    21oz. London Lounge Brown Herringbone 3 piece Tweed suit by Lovat Mill
    [​IMG]

    What better way to wear tweed than with a Gaziano & Girling Thorpe Boot
    [​IMG]


    Do you even remember what the cold feels like?
     
  6. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for those great pics, both!

    (gshen: excellent colour and structure there but sleeves seem a bit short (?)...)
     
  7. JibranK

    JibranK Well-Known Member

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    21oz. London Lounge Brown Herringbone 3 piece Tweed suit by Lovat Mill
    [​IMG]

    What better way to wear tweed than with a Gaziano & Girling Thorpe Boot
    [​IMG]

    Ay, out of curiosity, why do you get your waistcoats like that? I ask because I've not seen that sort often.
     
  8. Michael Ay329

    Michael Ay329 Well-Known Member

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    I asked my tailor to make me a single breasted plain vest. No lapels. In the past I've made about 3 other double breasted vests and liked them...but they always require extra fittings So my tailor didn't listen and made me a DB vest. Since I'm tall with a long torso...its usually 7 buttons and make the vest top opening really high to ensure it looks good Enough cloth was left over to make a 2nd vest...just as I wanted, SB with no lapels, so I now have 2 vests and 2 trousers on this suit. I put the 8 meters to good work The DB vest is actually a Notch lapel. [​IMG]
     
  9. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Well-Known Member

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    I asked my tailor to make me a single breasted plain vest. No lapels. In the past I've made about 3 other double breasted vests and liked them...but they always require extra fittings

    So my tailor didn't listen and made me a DB vest. Since I'm tall with a long torso...its usually 7 buttons and make the vest top opening really high to ensure it looks good

    Enough cloth was left over to make a 2nd vest...just as I wanted, SB with no lapels, so I now have 2 vests and 2 trousers on this suit. I put the 8 meters to good work

    The DB vest is actually a Notch lapel.
    [​IMG]


    Amazing.
     
  10. oshinex

    oshinex Well-Known Member

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    ~22oz tweed, described by the weaver, Butt of Lewis tweeds, as follows:

    "I have just made this new Tweed, from 100% wool, the weft contains 4 thin threads twisted together to make a beautiful strong heavier Tweed. I don't know if you ever bought the traditional heavy Harris Tweed, which is so scarce now, I would say that it is similar to that."

    [​IMG]

    Action shots:
    [​IMG]

    With bonus tweed hat:
    [​IMG]

    DAMN this thing keeps me warm! I can only imagine how nice and warm Michael's 3pc would be on a bloody cold Finnish winter's day..


    The shoulders looks too small and the sleeves are definetly too long. But I like the material.
     
  11. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Well-Known Member

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    The shoulders looks too small and the sleeves are definetly too long. But I like the material.

    Sleeves too long?? That looks like a full inch of cuff.
     
  12. oshinex

    oshinex Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry. I meant short.
     
  13. idfnl

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    The shoulders looks too small and the sleeves are definetly too long. But I like the material.

    Agreed, way too tight in the shoulders
     
  14. Chips

    Chips Well-Known Member

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    I've been waiting for a thread like this. Bravo.
     
  15. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    I have a 'new' tweed suit, but no pics yet. I'll try to take some. My Norman Hilton tweed suit: [​IMG] Tweed is washed out here, though: [​IMG] And here's a great Norman Hilton tweed suit that I sold awhile back. I was distraught it didn't fit so I could keep it: [​IMG]
     
  16. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    21oz tweed, can it be "softly" tailored and is it too heavy/hot for a sportcoat? Wish Sator was still posting and I know what his answer would be but anyone have an answer?
     
  17. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    21oz tweed, can it be "softly" tailored and is it too heavy/hot for a sportcoat? Wish Sator was still posting and I know what his answer would be but anyone have an answer?

    The heavier/denser a cloth is, the less internal canvas it needs for support. However, it's not going to feel all that soft; the cloth itself is likely too stiff for that.

    I haven't gone as high as 21 (so far as I know) but I have one or two jackets in the high teens, and they can wear very hot in a normally heated room. I would proceed with caution.
     
  18. dopey

    dopey Well-Known Member

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    21oz tweed, can it be "softly" tailored and is it too heavy/hot for a sportcoat? Wish Sator was still posting and I know what his answer would be but anyone have an answer?

    The heavier/denser a cloth is, the less internal canvas it needs for support. However, it's not going to feel all that soft; the cloth itself is likely too stiff for that.

    I haven't gone as high as 21 (so far as I know) but I have one or two jackets in the high teens, and they can wear very hot in a normally heated room. I would proceed with caution.


    My favorite sportcoat is a 21oz tweed made in a hacking jacket style. Manton is right in the sense that it doesn't matter whether or not the construction is "soft" as the cloth is pretty sturdy to begin with.
    [​IMG]
    It's the windowpane on the left, so you can see how the folds fall.
     
  19. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    My favorite sportcoat is a 21oz tweed made in a hacking jacket style. Manton is right in the sense that it doesn't matter whether or not the construction is "soft" as the cloth is pretty sturdy to begin with.
    [​IMG]
    It's the windowpane on the left, so you can see how the folds fall.

    Is that the FNB special? The patterns don't match.
     
  20. RSS

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    I'm having a Jimmy Carter "lust in my heart moment" with the one at the left side of the photo. The one on the right ain't bad either.
     

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