Friday, 5 August 2011

Tweed jackets galore!

Phew – I’ve had a busy week – not helped by being laid up for part of it with a stomach upset.

Anyway, needs must, and I ploughed on to complete two prize jackets back-to-back.

First was a Shetland Tweed, with all the trimmings!

I think I really have the pattern nailed for the jacket, and have mastered the fabric pattern aligning.

The elbow patches I have sourced are just right, and are made from a very natural leather.

Some I had seen off the shelf at haberdashery stores have been very dull and in single colour. They didn’t have any character, but the ones I am using are hand cut and made to order, so are much more characterful.


The second jacket was in the Season Five Donegal Tweed and was the first time I had done this particular jacket.

I did think it was a completely different jacket, but I discovered that everything about it – with the exception of the collar and lapels – was cut exactly the same as the later Shetland Tweed.

The details of the button vent on the cuff (with two buttons here - the Shetland has three); the back vent; breast pocket; outer pockets with flaps; and the configuration of the seams around the outer pocket are all from the same base pattern.

I sourced perfect elbow patches from the same place as earlier, and I tracked down just the right leather football buttons (see below).
I wonder if they were used as a nod to Matt Smith, who’s original career path was with a league football team.

Each of the jackets sports the appropriate W Bill label, the Donegal with the additional label specific to their mill.


Do let me know what you think of the jackets.

30 comments:

  1. Wow. The Donegal one looks great, as does the series 6 one. I'm amazed how you always get everything so accurate. The donegal one somehow looks better than the one he wore. Excellent work. Hope you are feeling better!!!!

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  2. Absolutely amazing.

    I suppose it's somewhat of an optical illusion. The lines on the first jacket give the impression that it's a very differently shaped jacket.

    I think I'll always prefer the Shetland Tweed over the original jacket, but they both have their own characteristic charm.

    Very brilliant executed!

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  3. How much do you charge on average?

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  4. They are both completely brilliant, though, I am partial to the first one. ^.^ I would love to have one of my own, though I know it would be expensive!

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  5. I'm interested in purchasing one of these coats if you still have material left, could you contact me with pricing and details?

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  6. I too would be interested if they are still available.

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  7. Add another person to the interested-pile. Both these jackets are pretty dang fabulous.

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  8. Guys - drop me an email at tennantcoat@me.com !

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  9. Cool how much for one?

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  10. Love the jackets, hate th fact that it would cost me around one bajillion dollars to buy one due to the exchange rate....

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  11. Amazing jackets, and i hate the fact that it would cost me an impossible amount of money to get either one...

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  12. Quite amazing.

    What is the detail inside the coat, lining pockets features etc please?

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  13. Hey do you still make these jackets and if so how much?

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    1. Drop me an email at tennantcoat@me.com and I can send you details.

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  14. can you post me one

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  15. Hey. Nice job with the tweed jackets. They look fantastic! Quick question how much would it cost to get one made in the Shetland tweed and how much in Australian dollars?

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    1. Contact me direct at tennantcoat@me.com for details

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  16. Cool Jacket how much is one i went on your site and i could not find the price.

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  17. Hey Pumpkiny. I was hoping you could help me with something, I'm looking for some Shetland tweed and I've checked W Bill's website but I'm not sure if I can order in the fabric at all. Is there a way I can order some to be delivered to me in Australia? Please, PLEASE reply!

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    1. Contact me directly at tennantcoat@me.com and I can arrange to sell you some yardage of tweed and ship it direct to Oz by FedEx!

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    2. Thanks a ton! I'll send an email off to you the first moment I get an opportunity. I'll hopefully be talking to you soon! :-)

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  18. Hey. How long (width wise and length wise) is the top left pocket on the jacket for the little hem, what about the length of the other two near the waist and the width and height of the flaps on his pockets? Ok, thanks.

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  19. I think I'd like to buy that first one...

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  20. Matthew Hutchinson29 December 2012 at 22:23

    How much is it for one of these? Especially the first one?

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  21. How do I buy one?

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  22. Hi, bit off topic but where did you get he pale blue shirt that's shown with the series 6 tweed??
    Been trying to find the shirt from closing time for like AGES.
    Thank you :)

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  23. Do you have any more of the original Shetland tweed jacket material?

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