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post #3946 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post


I think it is an excellent nice fit and a very nice coat. Looks as if you will have barely enough room for a sweater underneath? You will probably need one frequently way up there in the frozen northland. Now that you have scored a good post war coat, it is time to start the hunt for a WWII model.
The term "measured chest size of 36" is language that Gary at Vintage Trends uses. This is unfortunate as it is inaccurate and misleading. He really doesn't measure the chest size. He just uses the tag size as the "measured chest size." This peacoat has a true size of 36, which is consistent with the tag size of 36. But we wouldn't know that from the wording used by Gary. He would be more easily understood, and would be more accurate, if he used the pit to pit measurement on his coats. Plus, we would know the actual size of the coat.


Based on the recent spring-like temperatures, I don't think I'll be needing a sweater anytime soon haha. But unless I'm wearing a down filled vest or something, sweaters are actually OK with this coat. I think I lucked out with regards to the way it fits on me :D 

 

Holy cow you read my mind! A WWII styled pea coat is exactly what I was aiming for for my next purchase. I really dig the numerous buttons and the coat's trim look, plus I think it'll allow me to skip on wearing a scarf. I'll probably have to get it next year though as I already spent a LOT of money this winter biggrin.gif

 

I remember you saying something about WWII coats fitting smaller/tighter than later years' pea coat models. So should I opt for a size 38R when I decide to get a WWII pea coat? Or is it better to increase the pit to pit measurement by an inch or so? Thanks.

post #3947 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

Bottom coat is a nice trim fit. Top is a little more bulky. What are the models, and are they both the same size?

Both are made by Sterlingwear.

Top 40S and an issue Pea Coat (DSCP 8405-01-154-5788)

Bottom is a 36S issue Pea Coat (DSCP 8405-01-154-5780) but it has different tags than the 40S (probably different year?) but I don't think it's been used by anyone because there is no name on the tag in the chest pocket).

I was swimming in the 40S and got a great deal on the 36S. I live in Southern CA so I don't need room for layering and I like a nice slim fit.
post #3948 of 5734
OK, one more post asking for thoughts on fit.

Here is my 1962, 38R peacoat:

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I am about 5'11", 180lbs, 40" chest, 32" waist.

To me, it looks a bit boxy. Does this mean I need a 36R? On a suit jacket, 36R is WAY too small for me. Thoughts?
post #3949 of 5734

Could definitely use a size down. And even then, slimming the body and sleeves.

post #3950 of 5734
To jOemama

Something to consider regarding the 36S coat: I'd check the back side--mirror or a photo. All too often, the front of a coat (or suit for that matter) looks great only to be spoiled by a back side that is bunched up because the coat is too tight. Also, from the rear side, how does the coat cover the hips? The back side reveals much about the fit.
Edited by clarinetplayer - 12/23/11 at 3:32am
post #3951 of 5734
I recently picked up a JCrew peacoat in XS, I feel like it fits pretty well through the upper torso but I have 2 gripes, the first being that the sleeves could probably be slimmed/shortened, and the second being that theres a bit of hip flare. I'm not sure how severe each of those is, so any comments would be appreciated.

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post #3952 of 5734
Has anyone repaired/attached a button yourself on the WWII versions? It looks like there is extra thick thread, a long shank, and the thread only goes through one layer on the back side. I'm ready to try it but it looks tricky.
post #3953 of 5734
is this a decent deal for a peacoat?
http://www.amazon.com/Levis-Mens-Wool-Melton-Peacoat/dp/B004XGTN5K/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

i live in houston where it doesnt get very cold (rarely below 45-50 deg f) in the winter, so i dont really want to spend more than $100 as i wont be using it that often.
post #3954 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Kohinoor View Post

is this a decent deal for a peacoat?
http://www.amazon.com/Levis-Mens-Wool-Melton-Peacoat/dp/B004XGTN5K/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
i live in houston where it doesnt get very cold (rarely below 45-50 deg f) in the winter, so i dont really want to spend more than $100 as i wont be using it that often.

seriously? its $85 and made in china. you get what you pay for. i suspect it will fit like shit and will itch like crazy because its a blend and a decent wool coat will run at least $750. it will likely fall apart in a season or two but its cheap so i suppose it depends on what you are after.
post #3955 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Potatowned View Post

OK, one more post asking for thoughts on fit.
Here is my 1962, 38R peacoat:
619
574
I am about 5'11", 180lbs, 40" chest, 32" waist.
To me, it looks a bit boxy. Does this mean I need a 36R? On a suit jacket, 36R is WAY too small for me. Thoughts?

I think the buttons have been moved to give a larger fit on a previous owner. A simple matter to move them back. A little time consuming, but fairly simple. I gave instructions to one of our posters in a PM; I will see if I can find the instructions. If you have a 40" chest, you don't need to go to a size 36 (more than one size down in a vintage issue coat).

Look and see if you can find some small holes an inch or so outboard of where the buttons currently are located.
post #3956 of 5734
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Originally Posted by whatever123 View Post

seriously? its $85 and made in china. you get what you pay for. i suspect it will fit like shit and will itch like crazy because its a blend and a decent wool coat will run at least $750. it will likely fall apart in a season or two but its cheap so i suppose it depends on what you are after.

fair assessment. i guess i will keep looking.
post #3957 of 5734
So a button fell off (and another one will soon) on my WWII pea coat. Is there a special thread or special method to sewing them back on? I noticed the other ones are sewn on without the thread going through all the layers of the coat.
post #3958 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post

Has anyone repaired/attached a button yourself on the WWII versions? It looks like there is extra thick thread, a long shank, and the thread only goes through one layer on the back side. I'm ready to try it but it looks tricky.

Here you go:

http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-a-Button

Use the heaviest thread you can find with a heavy needle and a large thimble--a thimble is mandatory. On the buttons over the pockets, you will need to sew from inside the pockets. Don't sew them closed! If you have to go through the lining, that is OK. It is a simple, but time consuming procedure.
post #3959 of 5734
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Originally Posted by ashemon View Post

So a button fell off (and another one will soon) on my WWII pea coat. Is there a special thread or special method to sewing them back on? I noticed the other ones are sewn on without the thread going through all the layers of the coat.


Actually the buttons go through all the layers of the coat; they just don't go through the lining. See my post immediately above for tips. I saw this question after I had already posted the above comment.
post #3960 of 5734
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

I think the buttons have been moved to give a larger fit on a previous owner. A simple matter to move them back. A little time consuming, but fairly simple. I gave instructions to one of our posters in a PM; I will see if I can find the instructions. If you have a 40" chest, you don't need to go to a size 36 (more than one size down in a vintage issue coat).
Look and see if you can find some small holes an inch or so outboard of where the buttons currently are located.

Hi Peacoat,

Doesn't look like the buttons were moved. The wool is pretty flawless and it looks like the buttons are evenly spaced on either side of the jacket. (Equal distance from the edge on both the left and right breast.)
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