Unfunded Liabilities: a/k/a The Cloth Thread

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

  1. mactire

    mactire Senior member

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    Marling & Evans have some shades in their Naturals range: http://www.marlingandevansltd.co.uk/collections/naturals/naturals.html
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Stugotes, if you're going to get a jacket like that, please make sure that the scale of the pattern is much larger than the one you posted.
     


  3. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    The London Lounge houndstooth is available again and is a larger scale than the one pictured.
     


  4. Slewfoot

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    Agreed.
     


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    May I ask why? Is it a distaste for the fabric or that the fabric doesn't suit itself for an odd jacket?
     


  7. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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  8. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

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    Patterns that are too small such as houndstooth and POW often have an odd 3D kind of visual effect. They also seem a little too Jos A Banks especially if in worsted format. Here is the LL version someone mentioned before which I have as well and love.

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    I will be looking at fabric books this evening. Am I the only one who gets mild anxiety thinking about it? :confused:
     


  10. mktitsworth

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    So the next two ideas I have for things to have made are a gun club or other small check and navy bird's eye/nail head/barleycorn/hop sack/something. I've been snooping around looking at things but I'm definitely a novice with regards to cloth. There are also people who will sell me apparently pretty cloth online, but I have no idea who is reputable and who is not. Given that, I figured I would seek advice here.

    I like the examples I've seen of Barbera for Lesser (specifically the 26072), but I would imagine that at this point that's going to be really difficult to come by. The LL gun clubs - the Alden and the Violet - are both pretty, but I live in Texas and there's no way in hell I'll be able to wear anything 15oz+ for more than a month of a year. I'm hoping for something in the 8-10oz range, though I'll admit that if I could find a length of the 26072 I would jump on it.

    For the navy, I know even less. Really I want something with some visual interest that could be worn around here. First thing I looked at was the Fresco book, but I was not overwhelmed. I love the heathered look of donegal, as I understand it is a winter fabric and the summers here are far longer than the winters. I saw a great bird's eye from Ariston that I got a picture of, but had to run and forgot to grab the book and article numbers for it.

    Any of you have any thoughts or recommendations?
     


  11. mktitsworth

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    No.
     


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    It's the opposite for me. But that could be because I've never done it alone; I've had my tailor showing me things based off my suggestions. As it happens, I usually change my mind and get something completely different that what I started out looking for. I don't have anything approaching the specific knowledge that the posters have here. I can rarely name the maker of the fabric after I've ordered it. My tailor, he remembers.

    Rob
     


  13. Cantabrigian

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    You could probably use a new hobby.
     


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    The Porter & Harding Glorious Twelfth book and the Worsted Alsport are both worth a look for sport coats. Neither are summer wear in the American sense, but if you don't need tons of breathing space they can be quite attractive.

    The patterns of navy you're thinking of for suits are harder. They don't tend to get made in lighter weights. One exception is the Lesser 120s 10oz book-- which isn't the hardest wearing thing around, but tailors very well. It's more of a 3-season thing unless you have very cold blood, though.
     
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