Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 57 reviews
52 of 57 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect Jacket -
This jacket is very well tailored, and the fabric is a good weight for Southern California. I usually wear a petite 6 but ordered a petite 8. The jacket fits beautifully with a light-weight sweater or blouse . The fit is true to the photograph, and falls at mid-hip.
Perfect for my height. I am long waisted and it falls perfectly at the hip!
Donegal Jacket -
Timeless jacket I'll be wearing for years. Good quality.
Donegal. Jacket -
By: Jean13 from Wichita KS
The donegal jacket was just the perfect addition to go wiith donegal pants. The matched set made a wonder suit, an outfit of top quality, and one I was proud to wear.
Beautiful jacket, poor fit -
Top 1000 Contributor
Love this jacket...perfect match for the tweed pants, BUT the fit is not to Orvis usual standards...it is extremely narrow through the shoulders, and the sleeves are much too long. Too bad I have to return the item.
As usual -
By: goodspouse2 from Essex, CT
Orvis has described and offered the product to perfection. Used customer service to assure size and all was handled most professionally.
Gorgeous Jacket -
I was looking for a warm, wool jacket that would still be nice enough to wear without a lot of bulk. This is it. It is very flattering in design and is beautifully made. I am so pleased with my purchase. It arrived promptly and wrapped so nicely. Thank you. I am a happy customer!
Smart classic lines -
By: JJcalifornia from Tulare, CA
Beautiful jacket, very versatile, either with cords and sweater or dressed up.
Favorite Purchase This Season -
By: Snugs from Northern, VA
I have been waiting for this item to return. I have two similar items from Orvis sold many years ago and they still remain a favorite. I just returned from a resort weekend get away where I wore my new jacket for both a casual evening and a dress evening. The classic style made it appropriate for both. I hope Orvis comes out with another one soon, possibly in a solid. I will be the first to buy if they do.
By: Ginilogan from Sc
This outfit can be worn for three seasons varying with a blouse, turtleneck or shell. Jacket with slacks are a standard for any mature woman's wardrobe, career or retired.
Capturing the Colors of the Countryside
The weaving of Donegal tweed is among the greatest of unbroken traditions in Ireland. When you choose Donegal tweed, it is possible you are wearing a fabric that was woven by hand on an ancestral loom hundreds of years old.
The Pattern of Donegal Tweed Fabric
Historically, Donegal is salt and pepper pattern flecked with many-colored slubs, though there are many different versions and color combinations. The term donegal now describes any tweed that has colorful thick slubs woven into the fabric. Authentic Donegal tweed is woven in Donegal County and is always clearly marked.
Durable Rugged Fashion
With all its beauty, tweed is a particularly rugged fabric. It's tight, warm weave resists wind, rain mist and even frost. The bold texture fends off wear and abrasion.
The History of Donegal Tweed Weaving
The area of Donegal, overlooking Donegal Bay, has been inhabited for centuries, beginning with Danish settlers. Remains of ancient earthen forts can still be seen. The origin of weaving in Donegal is difficult to trace, as it is seems it began with the very first farmers.
The clicking of wooden shuttles still emanates from the neat white cottages as weavers work, much as it did centuries ago. Originally, weaving was a family enterprise and the wives of crofters created the beautiful yarns by dying the wool of their own sheep with a brew that could include orange lichen, green moss or purple blackberries. They would then spin the wool into yarn.
Their husbands would then work the looms and carefully create the complicated designs. A day's work may produce 30 yards of fabric. On market day, the tweed was loaded on a donkey and taken to town.
Currently, about 25 weavers continue to work hand looms. The looms are little changed since biblical times, but now the yarn is pre-dyed and delivered and the finished cloth is picked up in a van that quickly circuits the 40 -mile route. The majority of Donegal tweed is produced on power looms at mills in Donegal county.