Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What to do, Where to go...

I recently obtained 3 yards by 60 inches of the vintage material shown below. It's in excellent condition with one tiny hole and no staining or fading. It has an attractive salmon double windowpane pattern on top of a steel blue background along with a woven rectangle pattern.



Now the question is what to do with it? Three yards is enough material to make a sport coat or trousers but not both.

If I go the sport coat route I would love to get a 4x2 double breasted jacket with patch pockets including dual breast pockets. It's a sport coat, anyways, might as well go a little unusual.

If I go the trouser route I'd get them high-waisted and pleated with a healthy cuff.



It's beautiful material and I'm sure anything made from it would no doubt look great if made well. But that's the big question here: where should I go to not only get such an item made, but made well at a price I can afford.

The search begins...

7 comments:

gdworjan said...

Have to go with the jacket. It would really make for a beautiful sportcoat!

Will said...

Yeah, I'm definitely leaning toward sport coat.

Horatio said...

Love the material.

I'd recommend a sports coat. Patterned pants are seldom as good in practice as they seem in concept.

Unfortunately, you are going to have to spend quite a bit of dough to get it tailored, and you are unlikely to be fully satisfied with the results. I hear that it takes a tailor three suits to get the fit just right.

Not that I know from experience.

I hear that Hong Kong tailors offer the best prices, with quality workmanship, too. You'd either have to go there, or go someplace where a traveling HK tailor visits. I'm guessing Ask Andy About Clothes or the Style Lounge might be able to point you in the right direction.

Good luck!

Brooke and Steve said...

I'd say sport coat, but also want to note that you might be able to get a waistcoat out of the extra material, depending on the tailor.

Roger said...

I'd go for the trousers, they'll go great with shirt and knitted waistcoat under a tweed jacket. Not to mention costing a lot less.

Shane said...

Well, it's been about four months now since the original post. So, I'm betting that you went with the jacket--unless of course you've been too busy to visit your tailor and get fitted out.

Jenny Wren said...

Oh, man. Let me know how it goes. This summer I'm taking the dive into men's suits and I'm going to make a three-piece plus shirt for my boyfriend, and will be documenting my progress...

cutandbaste.blogspot.com

I look forward to hearing more soon!

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