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.
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.
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.
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.