Originally Posted by evanmayer1
I'm looking at a tagged 36R from the 1958-1965 era (US NAVY style tag). The seller's reported measurements are:
Sleeve (shoulder seam to end of cuff): 25.25"
Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 16.25"
How normal are these? 19.75 * 2 = 39.5 - 2 = 37.5" (the .75 seemed like a lot to ignore as per Peacoat's sizing guide), which sounds good for my 36" chest measurement. My question is, will this 36R leave enough room for layering?
Also, that shoulder to shoulder measurement seems suspect, and I'm tempted to write it off as incorrect measurement. Professional opinions?
I'm considering buying, as the price is right.
If the seller measured properly, it will fit like a roomy size 36. But one thing I have determined in checking the p2p in the smaller sizes--34 and 36--the p2p is a little larger (maybe .25 to .50) than in the larger sizes--38 and up. Especially 40 and up. I have no idea the reason for the anomaly. So, this coat may be dead on proper p2p measurement for a size 36.
If you haven't done so, you might copy my instructions for measuring the p2p and send them to the seller to make sure the two of you are on the same sheet of music.
Remember this: Always discount the fraction. For a 19.75" you would multiply the 19 x 2 = 38 and subtract 2 from 38 to give a size 36. If your chest measures 36" then the coat will fit you in the chest, with room for layering.
The fraction may be used to determine if it is a roomy size 36, or a little tighter fit.
For a trim fit coat, without room for layering, you would go down one size. In your case a size 34. They relatively are hard to find.
I am in California right now, with my peacoats 2,000+ miles away, so I can't check measurements for you, but the sleeve measurement does sound about right. My size 42 peacoats are about 26.5" with my size 40 coming in at about 26".
If the price is right, buy it. If it is too big, you will have an accurate starting point if you want one that is a bit more fitted. You could always wear this one with a sweater when temps are below freezing, and a size 34 from freezing to the upper 40s.
Good luck. PC.