I’ve been naughty.I’ve finally ordered, a few days back, a custom 3P tweed suit from Booksters by maxing it out on the credit card. Of course, now I must curb my spending for the next few months, perhaps the whole year, until I paid that £500 off!
That aside, 500 quid (which is after a £54 discount) is reasonable compared to what it would cost if I had ordered/bought it from a high quality retailer in London. It would most likely be around the £750 mark so I sort of saved around £250-300, plus I can have it to my specifications. Indeed, it would probably last until my dying days and be passed onto my descendants, et al. It will not be a cheapo suit that will wear out in a few years time and be binned/given to the charity shop like some of my earlier numbers (indeed, I only have one original jacket that was bought for me ages ago and is good enough for me to keep for use with black lounge; everything else I have either auctioned off or given to charity, all are polyester or poly blend abominations).
I intended to get a tweed suit for summer. I already have an M&S 2P suit that is in a light summery weight (around 9oz I guess) but it is in a rather dark grey and not bright. I wanted a lighter colour that would be suitable for the summer time.
The cloth I chose is called ‘Nairn’ and the weight is 7-8oz. It is a light creamy beige with thin brown lines:
Nairn tweed by John G. Hardy. Riviera 250 Grams. Worsted Extra Light Weight.
This is a premuim cloth which will add £60 to my order for the 3P suit. There was no other cloth that stood out for me as suitable. I would want a mid to dark brown cloth but I want to save that for a medium to heavy weight suit for the autumn or winter. This would be strictly for spring-summer and I would not need another one after I have got this unless I have sufficient funds in the distant future.
I had initially struggled to decide upon whether to get the waistcoat with it but since I had always pictured it as a 3P, the extra £100 would be a wise investment. Afterall, the cloth might run out and I would end up regretting not having the full ensemble done.
The effect I was aiming to achieve is best illustrated through the medium of an old print:
The stripes are not as bold as the above but the effect is similar. The other cloths were either too bold or too dark. I wanted it to be suitable for town as well.
I was thinking of ordering a matching tweed cap in future but it maybe too much. Instead, a brown bowler would look better IMO. I had thought about the matching spats and I might ask Bookster for the scrap cloth so that I can make them myself (with help from my tailor).
So, the specifications for the 3P will be as follows:
Lining: Antique Gold
Back length: Extra long back (+2″)
Waist: Comfort waist (+1″)
Style: 2 button
Collar: Button collar tab
Pockets: 3 straight pockets + welted breast
Cuff: 3 button
Buttons: Light plain horn
Lining style: Half front
Inside leg: 31″
Waistband: Fishtail back + brace buttons
Pockets: Slant side pockets + no back pockets
Hem: Turn-ups (1 3/4″)
Buttons: Light plain horn
Pockets: 4 welted pockets
Buttons: Plain horn
This tweed suit will be suitable for town as well as country wear in the spring/summer season. I can also wear the jacket as an odd jacket with another pair of trousers, wear a different waistcoat, etc. There are many combinations and possibilities.
I will be wearing this to the Summer School and (if it is completed before the beginning of July) the Garden Party as well as other outings and gatherings. Certainly, it will look amazing and suitable for the ocassion! I certainly do not want to wear a dark suit in the summer or out in the countryside!
The suit is due to be completed late June to early July so what this space!
And here is the finished product (after alterations for fit, etc):
Now some of the photos taken of me during the summer school:
If I were to speak of changes, I might have chosen the lapel option for the waistcoat, have three buttons in lieu of two for the jacket, not have a collar tab and maybe half-line the trousers. Everything else is perfect.
I also made spats out of the Nairn cloth:
Bookster ordering advice
If you are thinking of buying a suit (either 1, 2 or 3+ piece) then you should know that there is a service where they can send you a set of the suit in your size so you can try it on yourself (after paying for postage, etc). After you’ve tried it on, you can then send it back to them and tell them what adjustments you want (e.g. longer sleeves, tighter waist, etc) upon which they will then pass on this knowledge to the tailors for them to start building the suit. This way, you will know how the garments fit and can thus know the necessary adjustments for future suits. This is definitely recommend for your initial purchase to avoid having to have to alter much of the suit upon delivery.