06 Oct The Classic Shooting Suit
Shooting is a quintessential British sport and tradition, and dressing the part is part of the fun and experience! roomten have been making tweed made to measure and bespoke shooting suits and attire for over 10 years and the one thing we do know is everyone has their own idea for the ideal design for their jacket, waistcoat and breeks! We have a multitude of options for you including a large collections of tweeds. If you’re unsure of what style you’re after, and whether it is practical for the purpose intended then look no further, below is a short guide we hope will give you some inspiration for your shooting attire. Alternatively just call and ask, 01252 725009.
When choosing your design for your made to measure tweed jacket, the first thing to decide is, are you actually going to shoot whilst wearing the jacket or do you want it to match your waistcoat and breeks and to be mainly worn before and after your shoot. Either way there are many choices, designs and things to consider such as:
- Shooting pads (on the front of the jacket)
- Action shoulders (vents in the back) for ease of movement
- Bellows (for gun shells) or normal pockets
- Recoil pockets for recoil pads
- Fabric weight and style
- Jacket Style – Norfolk Jacket (centre vent), Standard 2 or 3 Button Jacket, storm collar, etc.
- The fit – Fitted or slightly looser fit to be worn over garments.
- Type of tweed – we have a tweed that is woven with teflon to make it more water repellent.
- Time of year you intend to shoot
- And more……….
We have several made to measure options for your tweed shooting waistcoat or gilet, with lots of designs for both men and women you will be spoilt for choice. Here are our 3 most popular shooting aistcoats:
- The Gun – 5 button, includes lapels, shooting pad, recoil pockets, bellows pockets, adjustable back.
- The Marksman – 5 button, without lapels, shooting pad, recoil pockets,bellows pockets, adjustable back
- The Gamekeeper – Zip front, round Nehru collar, longer in length, bellows pockets, adjustable back, optional rear dead bird pocket
Over 500 tweeds, 100 plus linings, different colour suede pads, buttons and trimmings. Plus personal finishes and a great fit!
Breeks, Breaches, Plus 2’s, 4’s and 8’s
A staple item for any made to measure shooting suit. The key things to consider for your breeks or Plus 4’s are
- Fabric – Traditionally made using tweed. However these days we also use cottons, moleskin and even linen (for summer use)
- Ease of movement – Walking or stalking through the undergrowth, consider how much movement you would like.
- Length – Everyone has there own view of the ideal length for their breeks or plus 2’s, 4’s or 8’s. The popular plus 4 are a cropped trouser, descending four inches below the knee, creating an overhang which is designed to deflect the rain and aid movement, the bottom has an adjustable straps on the calf. A fishtail waistband is an optional feature, intended to be worn with braces.
- Adjustable Waistband – Ideal for wearing before and after lunch!
- Fabric – We generally using sporting tweeds that are able to withstand cold and damp weathers
We source our tweeds from some of our favourite mills such as Lovat Mill, Harrison’s, Porter & Harding and Holland and Sherry.
What to consider when choosing your tweed. The weight and how robust the tweed needs to be. Will you be shooting early season or mid winter. Do you wear your plus 4’s and a vest/gilet when shooting and keep your jacket for the more social side of the day? Are you a gamekeeper/beater or will you be shooting. Will you be shooting birds or stalking deer?
And of course the all important design of your cloth! We have hundreds of different tweeds to show you, from classic to more daring, you choose.
Estate Tweeds – Do you have your own Estate Tweed? If so that’s fine you can source your tweed or we can buy it for you (subject to permission).
The Norfolk Jacket
Taking its name from a historical theory, the Norfolk jacket was invented by Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk (hence the name). The Norfolk jacket became known within the fieldsport scene due to Prince Wales, who wore the jacket for shooting in the 1880’s after a surge in popularity for field sports and pursuits during the Victorian era. Since this time, there has been many adaptations of the Norfolk jacket but it became a staple part of a field sportsman’s wardrobe throughout the 1930s.
The Norfolk jacket comes in many variations but is best known as a single breasted, 3 button jacket with a full waist belt, leather shoulder and elbow pads and back a pleat. Commonly with a Norfolk jacket, a storm collar will be an added feature, this is a collar attached to the lapel to protect the neck in adverse weather conditions. Characteristic of any shooting jacket, the front pockets should be expandable, as these are designed to hold any belongings and cartridges for the shoot.
roomten’s made to measure tweed Peacoat can also double up as a great jacket to be worn in the countryside and for shooting. Technically this is not a true shooting jacket but has some great attributes that make it a great alternative option, that can be worn for shooting and in the country side.
A Bit Of History
Up until the 19th Century, for shooting and field sports there was no certain attire to be worn as the shooting suit had not been cultivated at that point. In these times, shooting attire had not become fashioned and so partakers in field sports would have donned all colours of attire, sporting a cravat and most likely a top hat too in materials such as heavy worsted wool or broadcloth, fabrics that provide an adequate waterproofing and durability- their jacket would have included a ‘ticket pocket’ (which still exists in jackets today!) to carry their tins containing explosives for the shoot.
The Victorian Era saw a surge in popularity for field sports and Highland dress, as Queen Victoria would often spend much of her time in the Scottish Highlands. With the introduction of national railways throughout this time, the evolution of shooting began as many city dwellers could travel to the countryside for the weekend and take part in such activities. The Victorian Era also saw the introduction of tweed, this hard-wearing, durable yet elegant fabric was popular due to the influence of Highland dress.