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post #4906 of 5862
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Originally Posted by cfrp View Post

Yep. The wool coat I'm wearing right now is a size 36 and its pretty snug and tight. The vintage 34 I got was pretty loose on me. Still debating if I should let a tailor hack at the jacket to slim it down.

It depends. If you just want to slim it down for fashion reasons, no. If it is too big for you, then yes. You have a nice vintage coat, that is probably too big for your frame. You aren't likely to find a smaller size in vintage, so a tailor may be your only option.
post #4907 of 5862
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

My first peacoat. Have been wanting one for years.
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Sleeves have been let out after the pic was taken. I think I'll replace the buttons with horn ones... peepwall[1].gif.

Looks, just about right on you buddy, but horn, nah! 

post #4908 of 5862
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Originally Posted by ant702 View Post

Looks, just about right on you buddy, but horn, nah! 

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For me, a peacoat is a classic, casual coat. That's how I intend to use, since I'm not a sailor or marine smile.gif. I will be wearing it in winter, in the city; to bring my daughter to school on my bicycle, for instance. I think plastic anchor buttons are a bit too much for me and for that purpose.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the peacoat start out as a non-military coat in an era that plastic didn't even exist?
post #4909 of 5862
Addition:

I don't mean that my peacoat will be more authentic with horn buttons on it, not at all, just that they aren't a faux-pas per se.

Here's an interesting article about peacoat buttons:

http://blog.sterlingwear.com/history-navy-peacoat-buttons-brass-plastic-face-designs/

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"My conclusion? The cloth and cut of the coat are more important that the buttons. And gold, brass, pewter, or horn can be just as authentic as plastic or hard rubber, with or without a fouled anchor."

Thoughts?
post #4910 of 5862

Get whatever buttons make you happy :)

post #4911 of 5862
Coat looks good, ant, but the whole button issue is way too much trouble. You're treating it as a classic, casual coat and yet you're messing with the traditional elements of the anchor buttons (plastic though they are) and upgrading it beyond casual by getting better buttons. Some things are just good enough as they are.
post #4912 of 5862
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

Coat looks good, ant, but the whole button issue is way too much trouble. You're treating it as a classic, casual coat and yet you're messing with the traditional elements of the anchor buttons (plastic though they are) and upgrading it beyond casual by getting better buttons. Some things are just good enough as they are.

Thanks. I understand (except for the 'ant' part smile.gif). All my casual coats and jackets have horn buttons; I don't see why the coat would go 'beyond casual', with non-plastic, non-anchor buttons.
post #4913 of 5862

Hi everyone bit of a long shot but thought I would request it anyway, if anyone might per chance come across a Vintage Kersey Wool Pea Coat in navy in size 32R please could you let me know?

 

I cannot find one anywhere but am really keen to get my hands on it.

 

Thanks in advance fellow stylers.

 

Happy new year to all.

post #4914 of 5862
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Originally Posted by NOBD View Post

Addition:
I don't mean that my peacoat will be more authentic with horn buttons on it, not at all, just that they aren't a faux-pas per se.
Here's an interesting article about peacoat buttons:
http://blog.sterlingwear.com/history-navy-peacoat-buttons-brass-plastic-face-designs/
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"My conclusion? The cloth and cut of the coat are more important that the buttons. And gold, brass, pewter, or horn can be just as authentic as plastic or hard rubber, with or without a fouled anchor."
Thoughts?

If its your coat, you do what you wish, obviuosly! I was giving the OPINION of not customizing something thats vintage! But after reading that blog I think I may have to look more into this subject a little more! come to think of it, I remember seeing horn on a pea coat, but that was 10+yrs. ago! I also believe I have seen brass on even duffel coats, same amount time too!  Thanxnod[1].gif

post #4915 of 5862
Thanks, ant. I understand. The coat is not vintage, btw. It's a new Fidelity by Gerald & Stewart. I see more peacoats without anchor buttons than with them; maybe because in Europe anchor buttons are used less often.
post #4916 of 5862

Who's picked up a Billy Reid peacoat?

post #4917 of 5862
I bought Spray Lanolin, it's used mostly on wool diapers and blankets for babies. But essentially it can be used on all wool, it re-lanolizes wool to make it water repellent. All wool contains lanolin and that's what makes it water repellent but through time and use it can lose lanolin. I washed my vintage peacoat with Woolite and cold water, coat wasn't damaged but felt stiff and wrinkly, after some days of wear it softened up. Then I sprayed the lanolin and rubbed it in. Coat feels even heavier, and somewhat smoother.
post #4918 of 5862
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

Coat looks good, ant, but the whole button issue is way too much trouble. You're treating it as a classic, casual coat and yet you're messing with the traditional elements of the anchor buttons (plastic though they are) and upgrading it beyond casual by getting better buttons. Some things are just good enough as they are.

I agree with Robert.

But it isn't a vintage coat; it isn't even an issue coat. So, no real damage done in changing the buttons. Just a lot of work or expense that really isn't worth it, IMO. But I'm not the one wearing it. If you sew the buttons yourself, let me know here, and I will give some tips.

Here is a website that has a huge selection of buttons. The URL is to the military buttons, but there are many other types as well.
post #4919 of 5862
Thank you, Peacoat. Mrs. NOBD will sew the buttons on. The ones I have in mind ->

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are 0,75 euro a piece. I have to buy a batch of 25, but the left-over buttons will be used for other coats. So, the expenses aren't an issue.

The anchor buttons on the coat are 32mm (ligne 50); the horn buttons 30mm (l 48), but I don't think that will be a problem.

Tips for sewing on the buttons are welcome!
post #4920 of 5862
Here is a link to button sewing instructions. The shank is important, as is the use of a thimble; can't do it without one. And, the biggest mistake first time sewers make? Sewing through the pockets.* Don't do it. Good luck.

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* By sewing through the pocket, I mean both the outer and the inner walls of the pocket. I had a PM asking me to clarify. I's OK to sew through the outer wall; in fact, that is the only way it can be done without removing the lining.


OK, try this link. http://artofmanliness.com/2012/06/28/sewing-on-a-button/ Sorry.
Edited by Peacoat - 1/1/13 at 7:27pm
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