checked fabric as the collar, lined with the Lining: Impossible!
They are then edged with a woven braid.
Not much is needed, but it has to be right. I didn’t want to overlook or forget about it, hence I allocated a fabric number to it - Fabric 12 (green braid).
And some of these are new items, such as the buttons on Matt Smith's greatcoat. I found the source and the makers who were in France, but they have gone out of business and that stream is now dry.
So although on the face of it it’s a straightforward braid to find, getting it in-hand has been a bit of a journey.
The stocks on offer at most fabric houses is now very limited, with only one or two colour choices on offer - commonly black, navy or brown. Not even a white that could be dyed - and certainly not a green.
My only option has been to track down a UK distributor for this type of braid, who can source it in a decent range of colours in a variety of widths.
After having it on order for well over two months it arrived with impeccable timing this week - lucky as until now I didn’t actually need to have it ready . . .