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Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. jerrybrowne

    jerrybrowne Well-Known Member

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    I just emailed them directly and they sent pics, then as many swatches as I wanted for free. Very friendly and easy to deal with.
     
  2. MrDoubleTake

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    Hey guys,

    Earlier this year I landed a downtown big boy job and, thanks to having a real income source, I can finally afford to commission a bespoke from a reputable tailor in town.

    I'm thinking of buying fabric online to get most bang for the buck.

    Would you recommend that I drop money on these?

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Holland-Sher...02699?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&hash=item19df694d8b

    Only problem is that they seem more like summer fabric and I live in Canada.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  3. zalb916

    zalb916 Well-Known Member

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    I would not recommend it. Fabric choice aside, supplying your own fabric can create additional complications for your tailor, and the likelihood of those complications occurring increases with your first commission.

    I've repeated this numerous times throughout this thread, but supplying your own fabric that a tailor can otherwise obtain on his own is just not a great idea. The savings are usually very minimal, and if there is a problem, the onus is on the client, not the tailor. It's best to reserve supplying your own cloth to instances in which your tailor can't get the cloth.

    If this is your first commission and you live in Canada, just get a sturdy, midweight cloth from your tailor. The cloth you linked to appears to be neither. There are plenty of good options that will be roughly the same price as you'd pay for that cloth plus CMT. Maybe cheaper, because the cloth you're showing ain't that inexpensive.
     
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  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    @mattcritchlow

    i like this marling saxony (tweed?) jacketing

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    Compare to this Lovat I've been looking at

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  5. gopherblue

    gopherblue Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ I like the Lovat better.
     
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  6. sprout2

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    I believe hunters has something identical to the Z above. Btw I am not super enthused with the Very English stock supported collection. Kind of hum drum to me.
     
  7. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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  8. sprout2

    sprout2 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Btw, isn't your cellar full of tweed bolts already? Maybe you should start collecting stamps. Hubcaps, even.
     
  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    Tweed samples, yes.

    Tweed bolts, I've only 3 at the moment. (And 3 suiting) Very selective in what I actually buy.

    Also, one is being made up in the shop as a jacket. So 4 tweed total.
     
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  10. mattcritchlow

    mattcritchlow Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I'm a bit underwhelmed as well. But still thought it worth sharing.
     
  11. sprout2

    sprout2 Well-Known Member

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    I don't disagree with you there. Hoping they will add some more feature-rich information about the M&E ranges and add e-shop functionality...
     
  12. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    @jrd617, I have an odd jacket made up in that Lovat I believe and it's awesome. The below photo is from a fit picture I took after a day wearing a navy suit vs. a combination I would actually wear, but it looks fantastic paired with light blue and ecru shirts.

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  13. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    can u take a picture of the jacket on the hanger? quality on that one is very washed out, cant see anything
     
  14. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    The close-up picture is better quality. The full one on the hanger is still a bit washed out but better than before. Hopefully this will give you a sense of what it looks like made up.

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  15. archetypal_yuppie

    archetypal_yuppie Well-Known Member

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    Gross.
     
  16. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    Did somebody say something? I have a few trolls on block
     
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  17. fassbinder

    fassbinder Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone recommend any Gabardine books? and what is a good weight for gabardine?
    thanks
     
  18. Concordia

    Concordia Well-Known Member

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    Some would say there is no good weight for gabardine.

    Apart from that, Holland & Sherry has what appears to be a decent selection.
     
  19. Manton

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    12 is about right for gab. It's an odd cloth though. hot at any weight. if made too light, it doesn't perform well at all. At 12 ounces, it hangs nicely but it's a niche suit.
     
  20. Knox

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    I refer this question to the Lesser experts among us. I just came across some solid grey plain weave coth numbered 30306. Any idea which book this is/was from?
     

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