In my home town: Linton Tweeds

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Hello Readers,

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:

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

Linton Tweeds Store Carlisle

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:

Linton Tweed

Linton Tweed

And two lengths of pure white:

Linton Tweed

Linton Tweed

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?

Until soon….



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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

23 responses to “In my home town: Linton Tweeds”

  1. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says :

    oooo I am so envious, what a great post and thanks for all the pics. Love your choices and I look forward to seeing them sewn up. Great colors for spring.

  2. Carolyn says :

    You’ve got a guest room right? Well I’m planning my trip now so that we can visit the store together! *LOL* Love the two pieces you purchased and I’m sure you’re going to make an amazing jacket with one of them!

  3. Julie Starr says :

    Oh my goodness…lucky, lucky you and I agree with Beth; I am envious of your living so close to Linton. This is so timely…I am at this moment staring at 20 swatches of their samples and had already decided on one of same ones you did! I’m eager to hear how you like the Craftsy class and look forward to seeing your jacket. I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it was wonderfully taught.

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Julie. Your Craftsy review was what kind of kicked me into going to Linton. I had bought the course some time ago and watched bits…looking forward to really getting stuck in.

  4. Debby says :

    Fabulous photos fabulous fabrics. I have previously purchased from Linton Tweeds via mail order they are fabulous fabrics.

  5. Art Attack says :

    Oh my! I am pea green with envy! I’m in the process of making my first French jacket and have looked on Linton’s site. You’ve practically done personal shopping for me here!! Thanks for the great post!

  6. Jen (NY) says :

    Thank you – this now on my list of must-sees whenever I next make to the UK. I’m in NYC, so not much in the way of manufacturing here, just shops.

  7. Mini Me says :

    Envious much ! Am kicking myself that I didn’t visit Carlisle and the Linton shop when I was in the UK a couple of years ago. No pressure but you know we are all going to be watching closely as you make up these fabrics! Enjoy!

  8. Tia Dia says :

    o my! How wonderful (and terrible at the same time) to live so close to such a fabulous fabric house! Love your choices, and look forward to the jackets you’ll be sewing!

  9. opusanglicanum says :

    if I have time I might pop in and have a look, i’m in carlilse teaching a workshop at tullie house later this year

  10. karen shaw-jones says :

    I’ve got some Linton tweed that i bought from the Stitch show in Birmingham last year, just choosing my lining then i’m all set to go. I’ve got that Craftsy course, it looks fab.
    I look forward to seeing your progress, your makes are so inspiring.

  11. anniehanks says :

    I am jealous! To have a gold mine like that is incredible. The orange tweed is lovely.

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