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post #4531 of 5748
Nautikal: The 32 and the 34 are pretty close. The only real difference I see is in that vent in back on the 32--looks like the fit there is too tight, with the vent opening too much. I also like the navy color better.

And hey, you guys, flip those collars! Peacoats are weird looking with the collar down.
post #4532 of 5748
And don't button all the buttons. On a 6-button coat like the J. Crew bayswater, you button the inside hidden button and then the middle outside button. That's it. Not the top or the bottiom, ever. And flip the collar!
post #4533 of 5748
Peacoat, could I get your recommendation for Sterlingwear sizing?


I'm 5' 9 1/2", 130 lbs, waist = 30", chest 35.5", p2p 14". I did the chest/p2p measurements myself so hopefully it's fairly accurate. I'd probably want to layer under the coat.


Thanks!


Edit: as a side note, has anybody had experience with shipping to Canada? What company do they use as a courier, and what are the duties like?
post #4534 of 5748
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Originally Posted by Davll View Post

Peacoat, could I get your recommendation for Sterlingwear sizing?
I'm 5' 9 1/2", 130 lbs, waist = 30", chest 35.5", p2p 14". I did the chest/p2p measurements myself so hopefully it's fairly accurate. I'd probably want to layer under the coat.
Thanks!

We don't take pit to pit measurements on ourselves, only on the garments. As we can measure all the way around our chests, we do so for accuracy.

I would say a size 34 might give you the best fit in the chest, but the other areas might be off. I think Sterlingwear has a section at its website that gives measurements of the different parts of the coats.
post #4535 of 5748
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Originally Posted by charliebrown2 View Post

 

Hey Dingus, what are your height and weight stats? I'm 5'5" about 140lb and I also just bought the Bayswater in XS posted earlier:

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 I too was concerned about sleeve length and jacket length.  I'm reading that the sleeves are easily alterable.  The jacket length (maybe an inch or so below my butt) I'm starting to adjust to.  I'm trying to convince myself the length is "acceptable", but not perfect...

I am 5'7'' and 120 lbs.  Nothing ever fits me, especially tops and sweaters :( I have to buy everything from a tailor. I can't even find a OTR suit/blazer that fits me, and I can't afford a tailormade suit right now, because I am student. BUHU.

post #4536 of 5748
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davll View Post

Peacoat, could I get your recommendation for Sterlingwear sizing?
I'm 5' 9 1/2", 130 lbs, waist = 30", chest 35.5", p2p 14". I did the chest/p2p measurements myself so hopefully it's fairly accurate. I'd probably want to layer under the coat.
Thanks!
Edit: as a side note, has anybody had experience with shipping to Canada? What company do they use as a courier, and what are the duties like?

 

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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post


We don't take pit to pit measurements on ourselves, only on the garments. As we can measure all the way around our chests, we do so for accuracy.
I would say a size 34 might give you the best fit in the chest, but the other areas might be off. I think Sterlingwear has a section at its website that gives measurements of the different parts of the coats.

 

i wouldn't go with those measurements. they're pretty inaccurate across the board. 

for your reference, i'm 5'8" 140lb, 37-38" chest, and i've found that 36R in the authentic fits well for me. unfortunately even if you email the customer service it looks like they don't actually measure the coats but just give you the measurements listed on their website. so you might end up having to order two sizes if your not sure and returning one. 

post #4537 of 5748
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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

I am 5'7'' and 120 lbs.  Nothing ever fits me, especially tops and sweaters :( I have to buy everything from a tailor. I can't even find a OTR suit/blazer that fits me, and I can't afford a tailormade suit right now, because I am student. BUHU.


super lean lol.  Hmm, you have 2inches on me and you're worried about the coat length....maybe no matter how much I convince myself, the XS is probably too long for me too :(

post #4538 of 5748
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

And don't button all the buttons. On a 6-button coat like the J. Crew bayswater, you button the inside hidden button and then the middle outside button. That's it. Not the top or the bottiom, ever. And flip the collar!

When Winter hits you there in the mountains, you may change your recommendation about the buttons!
post #4539 of 5748

Well, I just got my 1940s/early 50s peacoat in the mail, size 38 on the label, and it is in amazing shape!!  No stains, no tears, no visible worn spots, excellent.  Now for the not so good news--it is just slightly too large.  The chest is great, but the arms are too long and the shoulders are too wide, and the overall length is just a bit too long.  So yeah, once again I can confirm that I am, indeed, a 38 short, haha.

 

The measurements are:

 

20.5 p2p

25 arm shoulder seam to end of sleeve

17.5 inside arm seam from pit to end of sleeve

19.5 shoulder back seam to seam

33 top of collar to bottom end of coat

 

I was about to list it in the classifieds in case anyone wanted to grab it from me, but I've apparently got to wait 45 days to list anything.  If it isn't against any rules, I'd say to send me a message if there's any interest.  Mods, feel free to give me a heads up on this.  Don't want to be the relatively new guy breaking any rules.  Thanks :)

post #4540 of 5748
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

When Winter hits you there in the mountains, you may change your recommendation about the buttons!

Not really. Style trumps everything!
post #4541 of 5748
Just got this vintage beauty in and wanted to share. Best I can tell according to Pea Coat's great article, I think it is late 40s or early 50s. Size is 44, and it has tan corduroy-lined pockets. Condition is very good plus, maybe excellent. One place in lining at left armhole that needs to be re-sewn, and it has a small, old repair on the back. But after returning from the cleaners it looks nearly new and crisp overall (better than the pics which were taken before the dry cleaners).

This is my first experience with one of the kersey wool coats and I really like it. The wool is noticeably heavier and smoother than on my late 80s Sterlingwear. This 44 fits me fine and is actually a little generous in the size department (I'm just under 6'3 and 195 pounds - I could probably get by with a 42 for a more modern "slim fit").

I got this one on evil bay and it was fifty bucks plus shipping, which I consider money very well spent. I looked at some modern "mall" Pea Coats while out shopping with my wife today and the quality doesn't compare. Not even close. These vintage kersey coats, if made today with this quality of wool and attention to detail, would probably cost a fortune IMHO.

Say, like somewhere around the 700 bones a Billy Reid goes for, I guess. biggrin.gif

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post #4542 of 5748
You stole that coat. You ought to get in contact with the seller and send him another $150! Isn't that Kersey shell fabulous? That is a 1949 peacoat, btw.
post #4543 of 5748
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

Nautikal: First of all the coat flares at the vent because your hip/pelvis/butt area is larger than the standard.. As you say, you often have that problem with most coats; it won't be any better with pea coats.
The 32s is too short in the sleeves. Torso appears to be OK. Flare at the vent is more pronounced because it is a smaller size.
I think the 34s is a good fit and that is the one you should keep. May want to have the sleeves lengthened if your shirt or sweater sleeves show below the cuff--otherwise it isn't a problem. Yes, it is a little large in the rear, but that is just the way it is. I wouldn't let it bother me. I have a high end leather jacket or two that fit me the same way.
Please let us know your chest measurement and the p2p of the two coats. This will be of use to other posters.

Yep, my shoulders and chest are too small relative to my hips and booty, so any tops other than anything tucked in or a sweater are difficult to fit, especially vented jackets. Guess I need to keep hitting the gym. Maybe if I add enough mass to my chest and shoulders things will balance out more...

The 34s is a bit big in the shoulders as well, and I don't like how padded the shoulders are. So I will probably just stick to my down jacket and maybe get a custom tailored peacoat for next winter.



Also, here's the p2p measurements of each. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to measure seam to seam or the total width so here are pictures:

J.Crew XS, About 20.0"

Sterlingwear Authentic 34s, About 19.25"

Sterlingwear Authentic 32s, About 18.5"
Edited by nautikal - 11/26/12 at 12:44am
post #4544 of 5748
^ Good steal. Maybe I ought to check Bay more often.
A quick search for "vintage peacoat", "sterlingwear peacoat", "kersey peacoat" brings up a few decent peacoats.

If anyone is looking for a cheap, beater peacoat: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/sportier-wool-blend-peacoat.aspx?a=1101122
Just know that it is 90/10 polyester / wool-blend shell Still... $19.99 FS with code: SH974.

"Uncheck the "Add Package Protection for only 99¢" in the shipping method area."
post #4545 of 5748
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Originally Posted by BuffaloWang View Post

^ Good steal. Maybe I ought to check Bay more often.
A quick search for "vintage peacoat", "sterlingwear peacoat", "kersey peacoat" brings up a few decent peacoats.
If anyone is looking for a cheap, beater peacoat: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/sportier-wool-blend-peacoat.aspx?a=1101122
Just know that it is 90/10 polyester / wool-blend shell Still... $19.99 FS with code: SH974.
"Uncheck the "Add Package Protection for only 99¢" in the shipping method area."

Unfortunately, most sellers of pea coats aren't savvy enough to know to list their coats as vintage or Kersey. They really have no idea what they have. Many will list them as a WWII Peacoat. When I ask them why they listed a 1976 peacoat as WWII, the answer usually is, "Well, it looked old."

So, if you limit your search to the terms you listed above, you will likely miss out of many fine coats. I can't remember now what my best search terms were, but I believe I only limited it to pea coats in the men's section. I still got a whole bunch of junk, but at least I eliminated all the female fashion garbage--and there is a lot of it.

I would set my search to "Ending Soonest" so I wouldn't miss anything. I would look at several days worth of listings, and then when I got tired of looking, I could go back to the same place the next time I searched.

I quickly learned to scan the listings very quickly. One way to either eliminate, or include, the current issue pea coats is to scan for the white square tag at the back of the neck. It is easily visible in most of the pictures posted, so easy to tell that the coat listed is current issue or not.
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