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    Closest USA Kilts tweed colour

    I saw this photo online, and I really like the tweed colour.



    Do any of you own or have seen a USA Kilts tweed kilt jacket in a similar colour?

    It's not quite grey, nor one of the Lovats, but a wonderful neutral.

    It's very hard to know from the images on USA Kilt's site, the closest I see is "LCS430" which is the upper image here:



    (The lower image is Lochcarron's "S430 Gamekeeper's Shetland Jacketing Tweed" which despite having the same code number looks to be entirely different.)
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    Are you after something with the gold and blue stripes like in the picture of the jacket? I don't think either sample matches that. Or maybe it's just the color you're looking for.

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    Thanks, yes just a similar colour.

    I should have mentioned that any overcheck etc isn't important.
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    Have you tried:







    From Marton Mills:


    MOSS & HEATH
    Quality: Cairngorm
    Code: CGE166



    LOVAT & ANTIQUE
    Quality: Cheviot
    Code: CHE254



    HEATH
    Quality: Cairngorm
    Code: CGE172



    From Lovat Mill:


    Kirkton 502


    Kirkton 508

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    The Shades depicted on Marton Millsí website are a pretty good match to the cloth in hand, as it were. The company is also very obliging and will happily send samples to Joe Public, foc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomo View Post
    Have you tried:







    From Marton Mills:


    MOSS & HEATH
    Quality: Cairngorm
    Code: CGE166



    LOVAT & ANTIQUE
    Quality: Cheviot
    Code: CHE254



    HEATH
    Quality: Cairngorm
    Code: CGE172



    From Lovat Mill:


    Kirkton 502


    Kirkton 508
    Steve.

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    Things may now be different, but mills used to supply customers with a 'swatch-book' at cost, and deduct that cost when cloth was ordered. Many tailors still keep a range of swatch-books from different mills, and are a good source of inspiriation.

    It is worth remembering that the jacket cloth weight needs to be the same or slightly heavier than that of the kilt. A 16oz kilt can look out of balance with a 10-12oz tweed jacket.

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    Thanks! Good to know that the Marton Mills online swatches are accurate (of course so much depends on one's own monitor).

    It's amazing how different the online swatches of Marton Mills tweeds on the USA Kilts site are compared to the Marton Mills site. In some cases tweeds with the same code designation look herringbone on one site and plain weave on the other.

    On my monitor, at least, most of the swatches posted above look to be in the Lovat Green or Moss range, while the photo of the jacket I posted at top, on my monitor, looks neutral, not green, not grey, not brown, but right down the middle.

    The best swatch above (on my monitor) is the Lovat Mill Kirkton 508. Thanks for that! I'm not familiar with that mill.

    A wonderfully neutral tweed (on my monitor) is Marton Mill's online swatch of cge147 Plover

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    For those who not already familiar with the book, Johnstons of Elgin brought out a revised and reworked edition of their 'Scottish Estate Tweeds' a couple of years ago.

    It is be no means an exhaustive account and listing of all tweeds currently available, but it shows those that have been designed or adopted by various Scottish estates during the past couple of centuries. The book not only names the various tweeds, but gives a brief history behind their design, and some of the colours used, and why.

    Having a name to identify the tweed is useful, particularly as many weaving mills identify their cloths numerically. Gun checks, or Gun Club, is a generic term now used for a particular style, but it helps to know whether a particular tweed is Coigach, Blairquhan or Lochmore when the differences are subtle but important. All these might be produced by a number of different weavers, each giving the cloth a number that would mean nothing to another mill or even a tailor.

    It is a shame the samples shown are (pretty accurate for colour and texture) photographs - if each tweed illustrated was an actual swatch of the cloth, the book would be a tweed adict's dream..!

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