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It is quicker if I fix it myself.It's OK to go through the lining of the peacoat, but you should not go through the pocket to the inside of the coat. Sew through the shell into the pocket, but not through it. A thimble is necessary when sewing through the heavy material of a peacoat.See this link for instructions and a video. Make sure you follow the instructions to make a shank in the thread.http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Button
If it feels too tight, it probably is. It looks long in the torso, but that could be the angle of the pictures. The wool shell will stretch and break in over a few weeks. So, if it is just a little tight, it may fix itself. Otherwise it will remain too tight.
Here is a size 42 WWII peacoat on a 42" chest (mine). That is as slim fitting as I want to wear. A size 40 in a WWII would be a bit tight for my preferences. I can wear a size 40 in the post war vintage models.as they are just a bit larger. EDIT NOTE: For my tastes, the sleeves should be another inch or so longer. There is enough material in the cuff to lengthen the sleeves, but it doesn't bother me that much, so I just leave it. Actually, this may be a coat I gave...
If the seller measured correctly, it ought to give you a nice trim fit. Let us know how it works out.
That is the problem when a seller gives a "chest measurement," we don't know what they mean by that term or how the measurement is taken. It is best to ask the seller to give you an accurate p2p measurement. If they use my instructions for measuring the p2p, all subjectives are removed from the equation, and we know how the coat will fit in the chest.Yes, you can shift the buttons, but it can lead to asymmetry if the buttons are moved more than just a little. The proper...
You give a chest measurement of 21.5"? Is that half of your actual chest measurement?When you measure your chest, the full circumference should be measured. A p2p is only given for the article of clothing--such as a peacoat--on which it is difficult to get a circumferential measurement. Sounds as though you are taking the p2p on your own chest?If your chest actually measures 43," I would think a size 38 would be too small for you. But without the p2p of the coat you...
You ought to be able to cross your arms in front of your body and touch your hands to the back of your upper arms above the elbows. If you can't do this, then the coat may be too small across the shoulders. The good news is that the wool shell will stretch a bit. So, if your hands will almost touch your upper arms, you may be able to stretch it out enough to allow good movement for activities such as driving.
Read the sizing instructions in my peacoat dating guide. If you can get the seller to give you an accurate p2p, it removes the guesswork. The link is in my signature line below. The sizing section is toward the end.
All of the issue coats will be too big for you. Go another route.
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