Originally Posted by BLAUGRANA
Could use some advice in general, but especially from those of you who have the SS13 Camo Notch Work Jacket.
Before I show you the photos and get to the point, note that I have about a 43" chest, am 5'10" and about a 33/34 waist. I'm a 50 Cameraman, 52 Harris Tweed Mallory and 50 Aircraft Jacket to give you a general idea. Now I ordered a size 52 for the chest and back Also, the tag inside the 52 says it's for someone 6'0" to 6'2", 36" to 38" waist and 42" to 44" chest. So while it fits pretty much everywhere, the sleeves are a bit long. I'll be wearing it as outerwear and so the length, which is probably only 1/2" longer anyway, is fine by me.
So the sleeve goes just past the knuckle in my thumbs. Just past. I was thinking of getting the sleeves shortned so that they are about 1/4" above the stitch line at the cuff. This IMO leaves just enough room so that I don't have to get rid of a button and so the buttons still look OK.
So you have two pictures below. The top picture is how the cuff normally looks, with about an inch above the stitch line. The second picture is about how it would look, just with a straighter edge (the tailor is pretty good). The alteration would mean the sleeve is still a bit longer than I'd prefer, but it should be fine. It'll land at the bone at the base of my thumb.
Anyway, I'd love to get your thoughts. I'm thinking the alteration would be fine.
For some reason I can't see the photos - is it because I'm on an ipad and iPhone?
It's difficult to comment without seeing the photos but I do think the perceived fit of a jacket can be greatly improved by getting the sleeve length right but as pointed out by others, because NC jackets are more workwear/sportwear inspired, it's not as crucial than formal suit type jackets.
As Drew is over 6 foot and the sample size of 48 is based on his fit and other sizes are worked out from this, the sleeves are usually a bit long for me as well, being 5'11 but as I'm slim but with slighly broader shoulders than my size suggests and can go as small as a 44, the shoulders pull the sleeves a little higher so in recent seasons, they have been spot on.
If the sleeves are too long, a really good tailor can alter by repositioning the lower button to the top and cutting just above the lowest button rather than shortening the cuff up to the lowest button.
Another thing I do occasionally is, unbutton the bottom couple of buttons and turn up the cuff - I do this when I wear a particularly large bulky watch. It shows off the proper working cuff which was designed to roll up to avoid getting it dirty when doing manual jobs and looks really good with the camo jacket.
On a slightly different angle, I follow on twitter the store manger from the army gym in Japan and he posted someone wearing a denim notch jacket which had been washed and had shrunk slightly
It got me thinking as to what would happen if I stood in a warm shower wearing the camo jacket and wore it until it dried like the 'shrink to fit' jeans idea.
High risk but love the look