So I would like a tan cotton suit, and I do like seersucker. It wears its unavoidable wrinkles better than most other cotton, and in any case I'm intensely relaxed about wrinkles. But I'm not too keen on small-scale stripes in contrasting colours -- does any mill make tan-on-tan seersucker? The texture contrast is more than enough for me. I'm going to see my tailor sometime this week, but I suspect that his books won't have many seersucker choices (he's in Italy and quite old-fashioned in an Italian way). So if anyone knows a good source, I'm all ears. If someone has a good argument against self-striped seersucker I'm also open to be converted to another choice of material -- but please don't say linen, as I've got enough of the stuff. I've got a lightweight pair of wool gabardine trousers in progress and I like that material very much (I think it's Zegna), but I suspect it wouldn't make up very well as a coat, and in any case it would wear too hot. Also, what about the details? I'm thinking of doing a two-button coat with two or three patch pockets. Should I ask for American-style machined edges? I suspect my tailor would be horrified, but still. Do machined edges look wrong with hand-sewn buttonholes? I'm not giving those up, so this would turn into a modus tollens argument against machined edges. For informal trousers lately I've taken a liking to flat-front with horizontal pockets (can't remember what they're called in English -- we call them 'alla carrettiera'). Again, any advice, pictorial or verbal, would be welcome. Cheers.