Originally Posted by strangedream
EmergencyIan, thanks for your input. I have pretty similar physique as you (5'8" & 160; 38 jacket), so I guess I should also go with the medium size for the chore coat.
May comments I have read about this item being slightly bigger than usual sizes of other brands made me to think that I should order it in a small size, but I didn't think of shrinkage issue. Again, much appreciated for sharing your experience.
If you get a size medium, you will have to wash it in hot water and dry it in order to shrink it, of course. If you don't do that, the medium will be to big on you. Like I mentioned, I washed and dried my coat/jacket twice. It may have shrunk enough after the first round, but I did it twice for good measure.
In interest of full disclosure, the canvas isn't as stiff as it looks like it would be, in the photographs. So, in theory, a person could go down a size, if they never plan to stick it in a washing machine and always have the coat/jacket dry cleaned when a cleaning is required.
For me, I wanted mine "broken-in" a bit. I knew I wanted to wash and dry it at least a couple of times, and knew that cotton does shrink no matter what you may hear to the contrary. From much experience, I know that heavy raw denim jeans, etc. always shrink in the washer and dryer.
Anyhow, good luck.