Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Linton Tweed Swatches - Jenny

My Linton Tweeds samples came today, and I was surprised.  Per the instructions on their website, I told them the colors and textures I was looking for - light colors in textured tweeds suitable for a Chanel-style jacket.  I received the following with a nice letter saying they are the "latest samples from the couture range and as such are unrepeatable."  

Ok.  I don't know.  Don't get me wrong.  They are beautiful... just not what I was expecting.  Here they are:

First, the ones I'm not considering using.  Although, I do think the bottom black and white plaid would make an awesome knee length coat.

Next are some that I like but I'm still not really considering.  The bottom two are too spring-y and I'm not crazy about the metallic threads in them.  I really like the overall effect of the top-left one, but I'm not crazy about the hot pink threads.  I guess I'm still considering that one, though.

These are the three I'm really considering.  I really like the texture of the red and black, but it's really not the colors I was dreaming about.  The blue is also really lovely and is probably the frontrunner at the moment, but I'm not sure how I feel about the navy background.  The brownish one is really textured and the steel-y blues would look great with denim, but I don't know...

Any thoughts?

Am I being too picky?  Almost all of them are $37/yard, which is less expensive than I expected (a nice bonus).  Maybe I'll go back and ask for some light colored swatches, not from the couture range.

EDIT:  Sorry I posted twice last night.  One was supposed to go on my personal blog.  One should not blog after 10 pm.  :-)


  1. Good luck choosing. It is always hard to make a final decision. It is funny because I was sent samples one month ago and I received all together different ones! btw, I love the steel blue wool!

  2. I really like the brown black combination. But I tend to err towards more muted colours.

  3. No, you are not being too picky! This is a project that you are going to make an investment in of both time and money so you want the end result to be something you are going to love. All the fabrics are lovely - you have a difficult choice.

  4. There are some beautiful fabrics in this selection. Agree with Elizabeth, you should choose something you really love for all the time and money you will spend on this jacket.

  5. Ooh, those are beautiful! But ditto, if you're not in love with them then keep looking. $37/yard is an excellent price, btw. Places to try in NYC are Lace Star, Mood, Rosen & Chadick, NY Elegant, and B&J Fabrics. Good luck!

  6. Are you willing to share the source of these samples?