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post #4831 of 5715
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Originally Posted by MrDurandPierre View Post

I've been rocking this second hand Old Navy peacoat for years and I recently had it tailored to be more snug. I quite like how it fits except for one minor detail - it seems a tad too large around the armpits. This prompted me to investigate it further at which point I realized that it's likely a girl's coat due to it buttoning on the left side. Curiously, I never noticed this before as the tag says XS and it was originally a little baggy on my 5'4", 33" frame, like most men's XS coats. I guess it could have been a plus-sized women's XS? (Which sort of defeats the purpose of it being plus size, but whatever.) Anyway, I took it back to the tailor and asked about the pits being too wide and she said if she took it in anymore it would be hard to move my arms. She's always done incredible work, so I trust her.

I'm now wondering if all peacoats fit that way or if I'm just being paranoid since I realized it's a women's coat. I've since purchased a J Crew peacoat (which I had to return as it was too big, even at an XS) and it appeared to be tailored with wider pits in proportion to the rest of the coat too. 

So my question is this, fashion conscious fellows: Does this coat look like it fits optimally to you? Are the pits wide to leave room for breasts, or is it like that because I'd need extra space to move my arms and it would be the same even on a man's coat? Or are the wider pits a function of me taking in a coat meant for someone with a wider frame? (This would be the case even with a men's coat as I'd have to take that in too). I've included pics below both with my arms at ease and up. I think I'm being paranoid about this, but would love a second opinion. Thanks!


You are being paranoid. The armpits look OK. I prefer mine higher and tighter for ease of movement, but could certainly live with what is on your coat. Armpits vary greatly; see my post above.
post #4832 of 5715
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Originally Posted by goonz View Post

Right so, got home to find my Vintage 1966 Kersey wool pea 34R.

Sadly 2 buttons have broken during transit and there are 2 cuts in the coat at the top right of the coat about 0.5 inch in length. Should I return the jacket or get a tailor to stitch these up? The buttons I can manage with, will buy some off ebay and replace them. There are also a few areas where stitching is a little loose, can the tailor sort these out?

Fit pics, sorry for the face obscurity, but cannot be too sure if the worlds crime enformcement agencies are scouring these pages. Thats a joke!
Thoughts on the fit? Just wearing a tshirt underneath and sorry for the joggers, thats how i roll at home.

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2 right side buttons broken
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 Arms seem slightly bulbous, but with a jumper in there I reckon it would be a decent look.
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 broken buttons on right side, I have the pieces so will probably glue them until i get replacements.

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 Inside lining
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 Some stitching at the bottom is coming loose, can the tailor sort this?
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 Now for the rips, thats on the right shoulder blade, about 0.5 inch
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 And the front right shoulder rip. Again can the tailor sort these?

Please can you give me your thoughts el pronto as I dont have long to return it. If these can be sorted I am inclined to keep it, I think I could have gotten away with a 34S as I prefer a shorter body and sleeve but may ask the tailor about this too. Jacket cost £100 inc del. Dont think I could have gotten a cheaper one from VT as have had a quick butchers. Overall am happy with the jacket, I think I may even have been able to fit in a 32S some of you may disagree.

For the record I am 5"6', 36-37 (38 inhaled decent breath) and have a 30-31 waist.

Sorry for the long post and looking forward to some responses and constructive criticism.

Goonz

First of all, the buttons are easily obtained and replaced; that wouldn't bother me--only a minor inconvenience. The small cuts on the coat are strange; I have never seen that before. The seller should have mentioned them. They aren't that noticeable. My concern would be whether they would get larger. The coat is a little large on you. The next size down might fit better, although as you get older and fill out, ti will be a better fit.

What is the p2p on your coat?
post #4833 of 5715

Hi Peacoat would really appreciate it if you could make some comments on my post on page 320 with my fit pics and some pictures of the coat.

 

I am trying to decide whether to return the coat or keep it and have it repaired.

post #4834 of 5715

Sorry peacoat your post came up at the same time as mine!

 

P2P is 19" its a 34R

 

I was thinking of having it tailored in the lengths and perhaps the sleeves and maybe even taken in slightly.

 

I doubt I will find a great quality 32R in a vintage as it seems a rare size...

 

The shop I bought it from have said they will repair the buttons and the rips for me so I just need to decide whether to keep it or not. What do you suggest?

post #4835 of 5715

I know one thing for sure, I will never buy a melton wool coat now that I have tried a Kersey wool coat. There is such a huge difference in quality.

post #4836 of 5715

I have seen this on VT, I wonder would the size be slightly smaller than the 1966 coat I currently have? Is it worth a shout? Only problem here is its from across the pond so need to sort of get it right first time.

 

http://www.vintagetrends.com/search/itemdetails.asp?YZ=A49EA4A58B8C92&RN=45&TR=136&SS=pea+coat&

post #4837 of 5715
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Originally Posted by goonz View Post

Sorry peacoat your post came up at the same time as mine!

P2P is 19" its a 34R

I was thinking of having it tailored in the lengths and perhaps the sleeves and maybe even taken in slightly.

I doubt I will find a great quality 32R in a vintage as it seems a rare size...

The shop I bought it from have said they will repair the buttons and the rips for me so I just need to decide whether to keep it or not. What do you suggest?

OK, after considering all factors, I think you should keep it. If the tailor can fix the relatively minor problems, then the fit is acceptable. He can even take the coat in some and shorten the sleeves. I say this because you will be a long time finding a size 32. Just remember that as you get a little older, you will fill out. Plus, you will want enough room for a jumper.

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Originally Posted by goonz View Post

I know one thing for sure, I will never buy a melton wool coat now that I have tried a Kersey wool coat. There is such a huge difference in quality.

Yep, I have quit preaching this because people just don't understand until they actually handle a vintage Kersey peacoat. No way to explain it to them on the forums.
post #4838 of 5715

Thanks for your good advice Peacoat.

 

I am now waiting on a response from VT about a 1959 34 they have on their site re the measurements and any moth damage. I have asked for a P2P and if it is any smaller than the jacket I currently have I will return mine and order from VT.

 

I cant post the link because my post goes into moderation....the product code on the site is 909-6400 if you would like a look. I remember your Peacoat Dating article mentioning the coats were slimmer so perhaps it would be a slightly better fit?
 

post #4839 of 5715

Can any tailor take in the sides and shorten the sleeves?

 

i dont want to give such a great coat to a tailor for he/she to mess it up!

post #4840 of 5715

Can't wait for my vintage 34 to come in the mail.. I have the same problem as you goonz. I couldn't find any vintage 32s so I had to buy a 34 and hope for the best. I'm going to be heading to a tailor as soon as I get it to get it fixed to fit better.

 

Hey Peacoat where was the post about maintanence tips for wool? I always see people reference your posts about dating and care but I can't seem to find them..

post #4841 of 5715
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Originally Posted by cfrp View Post

Can't wait for my vintage 34 to come in the mail.. I have the same problem as you goonz. I couldn't find any vintage 32s so I had to buy a 34 and hope for the best. I'm going to be heading to a tailor as soon as I get it to get it fixed to fit better.

Hey Peacoat where was the post about maintanence tips for wool? I always see people reference your posts about dating and care but I can't seem to find them..

I looked for that post when you first asked the question, but didn't find it. I have one more place It might be. I will look there.
post #4842 of 5715

You wont believe I was actually just on that page before I came back to the end.

 

Its post 3862 on page 258 and a very informative post I must say.

post #4843 of 5715

cfrp I hope the 34 fits you well, I love the quality of the wool so much that I just dont want to give it back. I would rather just get it altered and repaired rather than return it.

 

Hope yours fits you well and you dont have the bad luck I did with mine.

post #4844 of 5715
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Originally Posted by cfrp View Post

Hey Peacoat where was the post about maintanence tips for wool? I always see people reference your posts about dating and care but I can't seem to find them..

OK, found this in one of my PM:

"For storage I use a wide, really wide, wooden hanger. It will be 2" to 3" wide, the type that are advertised on this forum on the upper hand side of the page. I normally use a Mac on this forum, so it may be elsewhere on Windows. I have Windows going now also but it is tuned to something else.

The peacoat should be cleaned once a year before storage. This is get any particles out of the fabric that moths might like.to feast on. For day to day cleaning, I use one of those one way brushes; they work the best for me. I brush the coat each morning before I wear it, and again before I put it in the closet at night.

Don't ever eat anything while wearing your peacoat. Food particles will get in the wool and moths will be attracted to it.

Now this is important. Get a moth protector for the closet in which you hang your peacoat, and change it every ninety days. If you don't, the coat will be damaged by moths. I can't remember the brand I use, but it might be Raid. OK, I just googled it and the brand is Hot Shot--available at Amazon. It has no odor and works well. I have the plastic strips in five of my closets and change every 90 days. Instructions say every 4 months, but my pea coats are worth enough to me that I change more frequently. This is important also: Get a Magic Marker and mark the date 90 days from when you open the package. This date should be marked on the side of the plastic strip.

See the link for Hot Shot at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Shot-5580-Unscented-Repellent/dp/B0019BK8AG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1323521614&sr=8-7

The State of California has determined that this product could cause cancer, so some posters don't want to use it. I have seen the California warning label on all types of products, even bottled water, so take it for what it is worth. There are other products, such as moth balls and cedar blocks. What ever is used must be changed on a regular basis to ensure freshness and continued protection."

I will see if I can find a link to the lint brushes that have worked well for me.
post #4845 of 5715
I went back to page 258, as suggested by Goonz, and found it. Thanks Goonz. As it is time consuming to go back that far, I will paste it here. It is more comprehensive than what I posted above. It was originally posted in December, 2011:

"I often get asked about peacoat storage and protection. As the forum is slow right now on peacoat postings, I thought it would be a good time to post my thoughts on the subject.

For storage I use a wide, really wide, wooden hanger. It will be 2" to 3" wide at the shoulders, the type that is advertised on this forum on the upper right hand side of the page. Here is the link to the page:
http://www.hangerproject.com/closet/jacket-hanger-20.html They are expensive, but worth it to avoid the shoulders of the peacoat from becoming misshapen. Walgreens had some several years ago for substantially less. They are probably available elsewhere as well. Or, if you are a poor college student, you can make your own with a wooden hanger, old T shirts and duct tape.

A peacoat that has been purchased used, should be dry cleaned before it is put in your closet to kill any moths or larvae that may be hidden in the coat. Or leaving it outside when the temp is below freezing should accomplish the same result. The coat, if worn on a regular basis during the winter, should also be cleaned once a year before storage. This will get any particles out of the fabric that moths might like to feast on. For day to day cleaning, I use a one way brush; they work the best for me. I brush the coat each morning before I wear it, and again before I put it in the closet at night. This is the type of brush I use: http://www.amazon.com/Evercare-Lint-Brush-Magik/dp/B000QRFNGS/ref=pd_bxgy_hg_text_b It works better than any of the other brushes I have tried. It is also fast; a brushing takes less than 30 seconds.

Don't eat anything while wearing your peacoat. Food particles will get in the wool and moths will be attracted to it. Brushing it before putting it in the closet at night will remove most of the food particles, if you don't follow the no eating rule. Some particles, however, will become embedded in the fabric, and will be difficult to remove by brushing.

To guard against moth damage, get a moth protector for the closet in which you hang your peacoat, and change it every ninety days. If you don't, the coat will be damaged by moths. I use the plastic strips sold by Hot Shot--available at Amazon. It has no odor and works well. I have the plastic strips in five of my closets and change them every 90 days. Instructions say every 4 months, but my pea coats are worth enough to me that I change more frequently. Get a Magic Marker and mark the date 90 days from the date you open the package. This date should be marked on the side of the plastic strip so it can be easily seen when entering the closet. This will let you know when the strips need to be changed. Otherwise you will have an out of date moth strip in your closet that allows the moths free reign with your wool coats. This is the link for the Hot Shot strips at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Shot-5580-Unscented-Repellent/dp/B0019BK8AG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1323521614&sr=8-7 These strips are also available on eBay and elsewhere.

These instructions are important: follow them and that 60 year old peacoat will live another 60 years to be worn by your grandchildren."

NOTE: The same warning about the pest strips apply here as in the post above. Moth balls may be a substitute, and many people like the cedar blocks.
Edited by Peacoat - 12/21/12 at 8:46am
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