Popover in cotton-linen hopsack in malt

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Popover — as in, popover shirt — made in London, with a fairly heavy (12oz) hopsack of linen and cotton from a mill in Lancashire.


The popover has a relaxed shape, so consider going down a size if you prefer a closer fit — or if you intend to wear it as a shirt rather than a mid-layer. The mannequin here is a 38 — the most standard 38 in the world — and wears S.

To fit chest 36 38 40 42 44
Pit-to-pit 19 20 21 22 23
Shoulder 18¼ 18¾ 19¼ 19¾ 20¼
Back length 30 30¼ 30½ 30¾ 31
Sleeve from   centre-back 21½       22       22½       23       23½      
This is the popover shirt — which, as its name implies, is a shirt that pops over the head. It is a relaxed and easy-going thing, with a small stand collar and a placket of two press-studs. The popover may be worn as a top unto itself, or — particularly given the size of its pockets — over a shirt or t-shirt.
The lower front third of the popover is entirely pocket: one whopping great pocket, which starts at the sides — where arms rest; see below-left — and sweeps across the front, from one seam to the other. As it runs across, the pocket jumps over the two front seams of the popover, splitting its opening into three.
The popover has an unusual type of sleeve — a hybrid of in-set and raglan. It has, at the front, a standard in-set sleeve, with a seam running up over the shoulder. At the rear, the sleeve has a raglan construction. Clean lines and a sense of structure at the front, then, but comfort and movement in back.
The popover is very firmly put together. Seams are of the French variety — turned over on themselves — and bar-tacks are employed at all points of stress and wear.
The cloth is a union of cotton and linen: equal amounts of both. It is a hopsack of middling weight, with pronounced texture, and slubs here and there. The cotton provides rigidity; the linen irregularity. It is a sturdy material, but also crisp and breathable, and with its jumble of qualities, good all year round.

As worn

The gent here is 6'1", more or less 12 stone, and as standard a 38 chest as you could hope to meet. The popover he's wearing here, then, is a size S.

Makers of

The popover is made by a coat and jacket factory in north London. Rather than being made like a shirt, as you might otherwise expect, the popover is instead made to the same standards, and with much the same structure, as robust outerwear, with heavy fusing and turned seams and the like.
The cloth is woven by a mill in east Lancashire: in a region of the country which was once red-brick cotton-mill chimneys as far as the eye could see. More or less the last of its kind, the mill has forgotten more about cotton than most will ever know — a fact born out by the quality of its work.

So they say

The linen popovers are really quite remarkable, for their cut and quality. I wear them very often, and they are a joy.

The proud owner of not one but three popovers — both linen and corduroy — said so in September 2017.

I received the popover this morning and it is beautiful. The material, the construction, and the finishing are fantastic. This was my first S.E.H Kelly piece and I'm thrilled with it.

So said a man who kindly bought the popover in cord in September of 2017.

This popover thing, with its half stand-collar and glorious longer end bit — why that’s so attractive I’ll never know — and that wraparound game pouch that you’d usually find inside a hunting jacket, proudly displayed all marsupial like in front. I love it. Is it a pullover? A shirt? A chore thing? You’ve only gone and invented and designed something new no one knew they needed and now must have. Goodness — its absolutely crucial. I haven’t stopped wearing it, and at home all I can think of is putting it on.

The exact words of a gentleman who kindly purchased the first popover — dark navy linen — in June 2017.

Picked this thing up at the weekend and what a marvel of engineering it is. Over one person has already made mention of the quality of its cut. I feel like I could be resident on one of those utopian planets in Star Trek.

This is what another gent said, who also bought the linen popover in June 2017.