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Shirting Fabric- Is Acorn still the best bet?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 1969, May 20, 2010.

  1. 1969

    1969 Senior member

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    A search reveals 3 topics on this with just a couple of responses, all of which state that Acorn in the UK is the best (only?) option for good quality shirting in small quantities and whom are willing to sell to the public.

    I'm just floating the question out here again; whether in NY, LA or online are there any resources similar to Acorn that sell to the public?
     


  2. badsha

    badsha Senior member

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    Yes. I have contacted multiple shirt makers and Thomas Mason Silverline is approximately $55 a yard and Ferno is $55 for the low end and $75 for the high end (120/140's).
     


  3. mimile

    mimile Senior member

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    I just received 4 fabrics from Acorn. This is a really amazing quality. Take a look at their website and if you are interested in some patterns, James Chatburn (the owner) would send you a price list. Their prices list UPS services. You would be surprised to see that their prices are extremely affordable. Furthermore, they always have some sale items for half price. Really a deal.
     


  4. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ask him where the fabric was woven!
    not that there is anything wrong with fabric woven in either India or the Czech Republic.

    My real issue these days, is that they are selling fabric to the general public at about the same rate as they are to the trade.
     


  5. Limniscate

    Limniscate Senior member

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    Approximately, how much fabric is required per shirt?
     


  6. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    to actually answer your question.
    yes.
    mills do not sell to the general public.
     


  7. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Affiliate Vendor

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    Approximately, how much fabric is required per shirt?

    I require 2 yards to be on the safe side, and I'm not terribly large (between 38 and 40 R).
     


  8. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    I require 2 yards to be on the safe side, and I'm not terribly large (between 38 and 40 R).

    What tailor do you use?
     


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    hst Senior member

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    What are the prices of Acorn fabric 2x80, 2x100 like?
    I take it that they sell to individuales all over the world via UPS as opposed to just dealing only with trade.
     


  10. Odd I/O

    Odd I/O Senior member

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    Approximately, how much fabric is required per shirt?

    From Acorn's website:

     


  11. daruma

    daruma Senior member

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    is the 36" fabric any better than the 60"?
     


  12. dragon8

    dragon8 Senior member

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    QUOTE:
    Depending on the width of the fabric, we usually recommend 3.00metres of our 90cms (36") width shirtings or 2.00metres of our 150cms (60") width fabrics. Of course this is for an average build, taller customers or customers with a large chest, stomach, shoulders etc will need more fabric. If you are unsure about this, either contact us for further details or consult your shirtmaker.


    You can almost make a suit with that much fabric.
     


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    dv_indian Senior member

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    QUOTE:
    Depending on the width of the fabric, we usually recommend 3.00metres of our 90cms (36") width shirtings or 2.00metres of our 150cms (60") width fabrics. Of course this is for an average build, taller customers or customers with a large chest, stomach, shoulders etc will need more fabric. If you are unsure about this, either contact us for further details or consult your shirtmaker.


    You can almost make a suit with that much fabric.


    I agree. I have experience buying cloth back when I used to live in India. I used to buy 2.25 meters of the 36" width fabric to be on the safe side. I am 5'7 with a 38 inch chest. The 36" width is the standard size in India. A few mills like century cotton used to have the 60" width.
    I don't exactly remember how much fabric I used to buy for the 60" width - probably 1.75 meters.
     


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    daruma Senior member

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    2m is a safe bet.
     


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    Acorn makes 36" and 58" fabrics? Dont they make fabrics in 44"?
    I have heard more apparel makers are moving towards 58" fabrics because there is less loss when making a garment. For tailors, I heard 44" is easier to handle.

    Acorn might be the best widely known shirting manufacturer but there are others especially in Japan that people dont know. 120/2, 140/2, 160/2 are made here.

    As Shirtmaven has said, mills dont sell direct to the general public.
     


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