SB3 in tropical worsted in midnight blue

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Buying

£390.00

Three-button jacket, made in London, with a tropical worsted — "summer wool" — woven with the wool of sheep from Yorkshire in Yorkshire, and horn buttons from the Midlands.

Sizing

The SB3 is a fairly casual and unstructured jacket, but it does have some shape to it — especially in the body. Thus, if between sizes — if only slightly between sizes — then it is recommended to go up a size. The mannequin here, for instance, is a standard 38 chest, and is wearing a size S. He would have no chance at all of squeezing his wooden figure into an XS.

XS S M L XL
To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 17½ 18 18½ 19 19½
Sleeve from side-neck 30 30½ 31 31½ 32
Back length 29 29½ 30 30½ 31

Caring

Dry-cleaning really is the only thing for this jacket. But, since the cloth is, down to its fibres, so naturally resistant to grease and grime, and is anyway anti-microbial and odour, then dry-cleaning need not be undertaken very often.

The SB3 is a three-button jacket — that's SB as in single-breasted, and 3 as in three. Funny thing is that despite the three buttons at the front, the break — where the lapel finishes — falls to the middle of those buttons. A "three-roll-two" this is called in tailoring circles, and it makes for an unusual but elegant enterprise.
The buttons on the jacket are horn, and are dark matte tortoiseshell in colour. Being as they are an entirely natural thing, each looks different to the next, varying in tone and hue and striatic markings.
Like the front of the jacket, there are three buttons at each cuff. The buttonholes here are open. It is a working cuff, in other words, but has no quarrel whatsoever with cuffs that cannot work or do not work.
At the front of the jacket are two large patch pockets, which are strengthened with bar-tacks at the top corners (below-left). Above one of these patches, on the right-side as worn, is a smaller glove pocket. There's a pocket of similar size at the lower chest, too, on the other side of the jacket (below-right).
Some hand-sewing here. The chain-stitch below the button-hole helps hold in place a boutonnière (a flower, for instance). The criss-cross ("duck") stitch, meanwhile, holds together the lapel and the collar so that, over time, one doesn't flap around independently of the other. Helpful little hidden handiwork.
The jacket has an in-breast pocket — in internal chest pocket, that is, of the jetted variety — on both the left and right sides.
The jacket has a buggy lining, across the upper back, of the same cloth, and the sleeves are lined with a smooth satin. The lower region of the body is unlined. This is a lightweight and travel-friendly jacket, after all. The seams, meanwhile, are finished cleanly and carefully with dark navy cotton binding.
The cloth — made with the wool of British sheep — is a high-twist worsted, ergo springy, and with an open weave, ergo breathable. It is crisp and dry, and more coarse in texture than a bog-standard suiting cloth. Great for travelling, too, being as it has excellent fibre strength and doesn't much crease.

As worn

Him, here, is 6'1", just under 12 stone, and is as standard a 38 as ever there was. He is thus wearing a size S. Please note that this is a slightly different version of the jacket, where the break of the jacket falls to the top button, rather than the middle button.
The gent here, meanwhile, is 5'9", and is wearing an S. He has a chest size of 38", and there are reports — neither confirmed nor denied — that he weighs in a touch below 11 stone.

Makers of

The jacket is made at an outerwear factory in London: the best, many agree, in the capital. The jacket is cut by the hands of a cutter with some 30 years in the trade, and sewn by one of four seamsters whose meticulousness and pursuit of perfection would be caricature were the end results not always so good.
Local production — this cloth is an exemplar of it. The wool which goes into the worsted comes from the backs of white-face Cheviot sheep in North Yorkshire, and is spun, washed, and woven at textile facilities, all within a small radius around the boundary North and West Yorkshire.
The horn buttons were cut, shaped, and polished by the last such factory in Britain (now defunct). It was part of a tradition in the Midlands first linked to the meat industry of the 18th century. "It is no easy task," said William Hutton in 1780, "to enumerate the infinite diversity of buttons here in Birmingham."

So they say

I received the SB3 package in perfect order, and can't say how much I love the jacket. It fits perfectly. I like the cut and drape a lot. And it is gladly and surprisingly short. But, because of the the full cut, it can be worn with a bulky sweater underneath, which is just what I had hoped for.

So confided a gentleman about the Donegal tweed SB3 in May 2016.

Just wanted to let you know the SB3 in twill has arrived, and it is absolutely dashing — in an understated way.

Another acquire of an SB3 in Donegal tweed — defying seasonal norms in November of 2015.

I received my SB3 yesterday, and it by far exceeds my expectations. It's truly a fantastic piece of clothing.

Kind words from a gentleman who bought a cotton-drill version of the SB3 back in 2014.

I am very happy with the SB3 jacket. A somewhat "obscure object of desire" for me, perhaps, but I just had to have it. This desire now satisfied, I may not need to buy any new threads for a while, but when I do I'll look to you folks first.

His "object of desire" was the SB3 in a blue herringbone linen, acquired in May 2015.

Very pleased with my SB3 and thinking of buying another.

Encouraging words from a chap who bought a woollen SB3 in February of 2017.