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« on: February 24, 2017, 03:53:34 PM »

Looking for linen sources for a very fine pleated front shirt. What is the proper weight of linen I should be looking for?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2017, 04:04:54 PM »

Would any of these be appropriate?
1. https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/white-irish-handkerchief-linen-fabric-.htm?gclid=CJDkpY_pqdICFVFXDQodk4UPig
2. http://www.wmboothdraper.com/Linen/indexwithnav.html?linens_index.htm (the 3 oz. 54" wide for $15/yard)
3. http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/6065.aspx
4. http://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/6075.aspx
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2017, 06:02:42 PM »

It's always best to handle the material in person before committing.  If that's not possible I'd go with the lightest weight and finest weave available.  The Wm Booth Draper site has a 2.8oz linen 60" wide (WLG 113) that looks to be finer than the one you specified.  It's more expensive, but given the width a shirt bosom length should be enough for 2 or 3 shirts.  You could buy a coarser linen (or cotton) for the body and sleeves.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 10:18:59 AM »

Alrighty, I will probably go that route Mr. Ruley! Do you think any of the other linens I listed would work for the body and sleeves?
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 07:31:19 AM »

Based on the limited information given, this is probably the best one unless you want a very lightweight shirt:  6075 - White Shirt/Shift Light Weight Linen from Burnley & Trowbridge
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2017, 06:22:31 AM »

Hi Michaela,
I have some linen that was made by Pat Kline at FHW several years ago.  He called it Irish Linen cause it was very close to the lining used in Tait jackets shipped to the CSA.  I have made several shirts out of it and they are my favorite shirts.  I have plenty of scraps that if you like, I could mail you a piece and see if you like it.  It is not pure white like some of your examples, but I would say more of a natural color linen.  I have plenty of the material that I could sell you a couple yards for a shirt.  Let me know if you would like a sample and PM your address.
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Rob
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