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Pocket Squares out of Suiting

Florian Gray

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I'm considering making myself pocket squares out of left over suiting (wool club check, tweed, cashmere glencheck)...

Is this a sartorial disaster?
How should I finish the ends, as the material would be too thick to roll?

Thanks,

Flo
 

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A little unusual, but why not?

I often recycle old shirts this way.

Some cashmere PS material is as heavy as lighter weight suiting.

Coordinate the size of the PS to the thickness of the material so that it actually fits in your pocket.

With thicker material, hand rolled edges are a practical impossibility, so worry not on this front.

If you want to see how it looks, cut the approx size of the square yourself, put it in a coat pocket, take a pic and post it so that we, the iGentry can tell you.

UR DOIN IT RONG


 

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agree with others that I can't really see this working.
 

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I think it would be a fun look on occasion. Particually if you have a range of darker and lighter suitings- a light gray with a navy suit, charcoal for a light gray...

I say go for it. There's no rule that pocket squares have to lack texture.
 

Florian Gray

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Thanks for the feedback. I guess the only way to practically achieve this look is to somehow get a hold of cotton with printed glencheck and club check patterns. Although, judging by the initial response, there wouldn't be much interest in the design anyhow.
 

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I will make a pocket square from any shirting in stock.
Have made glen plaid squares in the past
 

Sam Hober

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Originally Posted by Florian Gray
I'm considering making myself pocket squares out of left over suiting (wool club check, tweed, cashmere glencheck)...Is this a sartorial disaster? How should I finish the ends, as the material would be too thick to roll? Thanks, Flo
Sounds like a fun project and a very good idea. The thickness of the fabric is not the biggest challenge instead it is the wools tendency to bounce back. Often it can be done but requires a number of hours of labor by someone who makes pocket squares by hand daily. As an example we have made pocket squares from Atkinsons Irish poplin (50% wool/50% silk) and from cashmere. The cashmere was thicker than the poplin but much easier to roll the edges. Good luck and post pictures!
 

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