Thursday, September 9, 2010
Chatting done, we managed to get my order in for a couple of shirts, including a light blue check in a DJA twill and one from Thomas Mason's gray and wine linen that will sit on my shelves until warmer weather returns next spring. Not that we had any of that this past season. And then we added a couple of the shirtmaker's typical line extensions, those being a pair of gray linen pajamas and a brown moleskin shirt jacket.
Regular readers may recall that I like to wear unlined and unpadded shirt jackets on the weekend. In blue tweed or linen they serve on slightly more formal occasions, like trips to some of our more obscure California wineries that may not have seen an odd jacket since the vines went into the ground. The rest of the time the brown and tan versions suffice for errands such as runs to the car wash.
Joe is unique among the shirtmakers I know in that his tailoring operations give him the ability to work with heavier cloth, unlike others who may literally be unable to sew a 21 ounce moleskin. And this is cost effective for, without padding and lining, a shirt jacket is all machine sewing which does not require the services of a conventional tailor. And that may save a few dollars, which helps pay for the requisite caps and neckerchiefs that are a part of the look. But I digress....