Cost of Shirting Linen by the Yard

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  1. kirbya

    kirbya Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Does anyone know the current cost of a yard of nice shirting linen? In preparation of the summer months (ahm horrific Texas heat), I asked my shirtmaker, Ripley, to do a linen shirt for me. However, he is claiming that the cost has somehow skyrocketed and is about $75 a yard. Is this correct? Seems a little high... but I may just not have a clue what quality linen goes for. Instead, he recommended a cotton that has the texture of linen... any thoughts? I believe he was quoting Shirtex linen (from Canada).
     


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    That sounds like a ridiculous price, as shirting silk can be had for $20/yd.
     


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    I am not going to quote prices here.
    But. Linen from Europe is very expensive these days. From Italy and Ireland.

    I sometimes order from an Irish importer that stocks in the US. my problem is that they have a somewhat large minimum for my needs. I would have to buy 25 yards. It can be split between 3 colors, then I have to sit on it.
    so if Riply is buying a single shirt length from Shirtex. It will be expensive. Shipping alone from Shirtex in Canada is about $20 for a small package.

    You can buy less expensive linen from Eastern Europe, but the quality is not the same.

    shirting silks come from China, which are lower in price. Shirting silks from italy are very expensive today, unless you can find some old inventory that someone wants to unload.
    Carl
     


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    Does anyone know the current cost of a yard of nice shirting linen? In preparation of the summer months (ahm horrific Texas heat), I asked my shirtmaker, Ripley, to do a linen shirt for me. However, he is claiming that the cost has somehow skyrocketed and is about $75 a yard. Is this correct? Seems a little high... but I may just not have a clue what quality linen goes for. Instead, he recommended a cotton that has the texture of linen... any thoughts? I believe he was quoting Shirtex linen (from Canada).

    Data point:

    Acorn is $41 a yard inclusive of shipping with no minimum order.
     


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    Here is another alternative. http://www.hst.com.sg/acatalog/Gianf...ila_Linen.html
    Have not used them myself, or had any experience with this fabric.
    However, I believe some members have purchased from Hwa Seng, perhaps they could provide feedback on their reliability.
     


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    Any experience with these manufacturers? Would the quality be respectable for a quality shirt?
     


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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Haven't used their shirtings but in general Hwa Seng supplies above average goods and the service is excellent.
     


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    I haven't had much luck with pure linen shirtings, at least not as a shirt to be worn under a jacket with a tie. The cloth just tends to be too thick. Linen-cottons, on the other hand, are terrific.
     


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    I haven't had much luck with pure linen shirtings, at least not as a shirt to be worn under a jacket with a tie. The cloth just tends to be too thick. Linen-cottons, on the other hand, are terrific.
    Try the heaviest weight linen from the DJ Anderson book. It only comes in white and holds up very well under a sportjacket and with a tie. It is very open as far as the weave goes, so it may not be to your personal taste.
     


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    I haven't had much luck with pure linen shirtings, at least not as a shirt to be worn under a jacket with a tie. The cloth just tends to be too thick. Linen-cottons, on the other hand, are terrific.

    The problem with linen is that it wrinkles and however it wrinkles the first time you wore it, it will stay wrinkled that way. Sure, you can flatten it out a bit, but overall, it's going to be as it as the moment you took the shirt off after wearing it.

    Jon.
     


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    Data point:

    Acorn is $41 a yard inclusive of shipping with no minimum order.


    Can you please confirm if the price on the pricelist includes shipping?

    thanks
     


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    Prices can change, best to contact Acorn. They can send you a pricelist as well.

    Acorn
     


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