Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. zalb916

    zalb916 Senior member

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    I've never come across scams with fabric on ebay, but it's a real game of hit or miss, with the misses beating out the hits by a wide margin. I've probably bought five lengths off ebay. One came with with snags and was unusable. Buyer refunded and told me to keep it. Another time, the seller sent me the wrong stuff, which I had to return. Never got what I ordered. I've bought fabric that looked completely different from the picture and had to resell, and I've bought a length that looked great, but felt awful. I just threw it away. 0-4.

    Then, I bought a suit length of Lumb's Golden Bale in the exact type of cloth I wanted for 1/5 of the price that my tailor would charge. That was nice, but not a particularly good success rate. I gave up shopping for fabric on ebay. It's not worth it.
     
  2. Lo Zingaro

    Lo Zingaro Active Member

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    Wow, I always wondered how the hand of Golden Bales felt.
    What's the weight?
     
  3. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Steed about to cut my London Lounge blue donegal herringbone.

    Looking forward to the first fitting next month!

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  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Great looking cloth, good luck!
     
  5. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    no, used that as an example - I am thinking harrisons, minis, holland and sheppard, but I am flexible. thanks
     
  6. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    My steed jacket was apparently delivered today but I will be home late. It's so heavy I can't wear it for months anyway.
     
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    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Which fabric and how'd you make it up?
     
  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    It's a funny thing, a long time ago I got this 3 piece DB and I wore it for a while. Then I wanted some belted pants for the suit so I could ditch the vest. I got those and I never wore the vest or the brace trousers again. So they were sitting there fallow and I thought, "Hmmm, if I get an SB coat from that cloth, I have an instant 3-piece suit." So that's what I ordered.

    So I now have a five piece suit made by three different tailors over five years.

    It's Lesser 16 ounce blue serge, SB 3 button flap.
     
  9. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is this a sign that you have given up on the MEA&SBT?
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's exactly what is on my list for next (or after my flannel is finished), a 3 piece heavy either serge or gab in navy.
     
  11. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    No, not given up but he hasn't been around in a while and I wanted to try Steed again to see how it goes and have a "replacement" in line.

    As much as I love Solito (flakiness aside) there are some garments that I want to have an English look that I would not want to use him for. Hard for me to explain, that's just how I feel. A three piece suit is certainly one of those.
     
  12. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No need to explain. I just picked up a great suit from NSM (wearing today). I was about to bring them a really nice Lesser navy worsted chalkstripe for my next suit when I realized "wrong country" and put a Lesser tropical in a light green in my bag instead. (As it turned out, I never made it anyway).
     
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  13. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    You had 8 meters of the same fabric lying around? Or did you just re-order when you needed more? I'd love it to be the former, you're sick!
     
  14. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Looks pretty good, very good even. There is, I think, a divot at the top of the right shoulder but otherwise it is quite good.
     
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    kolecho Senior member

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    Steed? How does it compare in terms of fit and finish to Solito?
     

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