Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Irish Tweed Project: Part 1

I've recently been given a length of Irish tweed which was, apparently, bought by my Godfather around thirty years ago but never used. It's a fairly unusual material for a suit; coarse and, as seems to be common with Irish tweed, without any specific pattern. Instead, it's mostly grey but tinged with green and flecked throughout with tiny amounts of colours as diverse as white, red and lime green.

I think it would make a wonderful, if old-fashioned, country suit, but sadly I'm not completely sure that the length I have is sufficient. It's about 3 1/4 yards, which is less than most people have recommended to me. That said, the fact that it has no pattern ought to make it easier to cut more usable pieces from a shorter length of cloth. I will speak to a couple of tailors to get an idea of whether they can make a suit from this and, if so, how much it will be. If a suit isn't possible then it will, at least, make a nice new tweed jacket.


  1. That is beautiful cloth...I say get the sport coat...and then maybe a vest with remainder to be worn khakis or jeans. Can't go wrong.

  2. Thank you! It is lovely. The waistcoat is a nice idea, I think it would look great with jeans. I have got my heart set on a suit though, so if Cad and the Dandy can manage a suit out of this, then I'm going to go for that. They think they might be able to, but are going to confirm. If not, a waistcoat and jacket it shall be!

  3. Try and get a suit done if you can but go with what "Main Line Sportsman" said. Lovely material you have there.

    And get some elbow patches on that jacket!


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