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Good score. You will need that extra room for a sweater for your winters way up there. And Robert will like the upended collar.
In my opinion, based on reviews of the Schott and the Sterlingwear, the latter is of higher quality. I have had a couple of the Sterlingwear current issue peacoats, and they are warm and of high quality. Sterlingwear sells these to the public under the name of Mil-Spec peacoats. One must call the company and place the order that way.For sizing info, read the guide linked to in my signature line below. The fitting section is near the end.And, welcome to the forum. PC.
A Reefer is the name given to a peacoat worn by officers and chiefs. The coat pictured is not a reefer. Nor is it a peacoat.
Only if you want them. I would have nothing else. But that is just me.
I think the coat is just too big for you. Before you start cutting it, you ought to send it back and try a size or two smaller.
The p2p measurements are taken across the front of the peacoat. They are not doubled as more error is induced by doubling the number.The p2p on your size 38 coat should be 20+- inches, probably about 20.25 for a 1962 peacoat. Please see my dating guide for the most accurate method of measuring the p2p.
Difficult to tell exactly from the pictures, especially Laymanx's photo, but I would say both of them are decent fits. Laymanx, please let us know your chest size, the stated chest size of the coat, and the exact p2p of your coat. That will add to the body of knowledge of the fit of these coats.
The tailor will be able to use almost all of the excess material, if needed. He will add a piece of dark material to the excess, and that will allow more of the original fabric to be used. I think of it as "scabbing on" in the construction business, but I think tailors refer to it as a "bias," perhaps because ot the use of bias tape.
There should be enough material inside the cuff to lengthen an inch or so, and more if the seamstress left the excess material when she shortened the sleeve length.
Appears to be a good fit through the torso and the sleeves. Might be just a bit short in the body length. Hard to tell from the picture. If it covers your butt, it is a good fit in the length.
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