Linton Tweeds was established here in Carlisle, close to the Scottish Borders, in 1912. They are probably most famous for being the manufacturers of the original fabric used in Chanel jackets. I think I am correct in saying that each season, Chanel still feature at least one garment made using Linton Tweed.
Linton Tweeds is actually about a 10 minute drive from my house. Over the last few months I have seen so many gorgeous “French”/ “Tweed” style jackets popping up on sewing blogs that, having a couple of hours free yesterday, I went along to see if I was inspired enough to try to make my own.
For those of you who have never seen/ handled Linton Tweed, they are described as being “textured, novelty woven fabrics made with virtually all yarn types and weaving techniques”. They are quite open in their weave and I can see why you would want to quilt your lining to the fabric. They are also very soft and warm.
Fabric porn – drool:
Aren’t the colours amazing?
And, so what, pray tell, did I purchase? Well, first let me tell you that prices for this fabric range from £22 – £38 per metre. BUT in the store they have skirt lengths priced at £15; pieces of pre-cut 1 metre x 140 cm lengths of tweed. And yesterday there was a buy one get one free offer. So….I got two lengths of this one:
And two lengths of pure white:
The first fabric is much more vivid in real life…peaches, orange, apricot, it even has a neon orange going through it and a hint of blue and cream. So it cost me £30 for 4 metres of fabric. Fingers crossed the 2 metres of each will be sufficient to cut me a jacket.
I think I am going to use the Craftsy Iconic Tweed Jacket class to construct the jacket (the orange one first). But, it has to wait as I have about 3 other items I have to sew up ahead of it. Sigh. Still, I am looking forward to it. What about you, are there any interesting textile/ notion manufacturers in your home town?