This is an utterly beautiful belted tweed coat.
Made in the 1930s, the tailoring on this piece is wonderful. The sleeves are slim fitting with applique detail on the lower sleeve. It fastens with 3 large wooden buttons, one at the waist (which is hidden by the belt) and two on the left bodice. The coat looks incredible fastened, but also works well with just the waist button fastened and the collar left open to show off the wide, scalloped lapels.
The fabric is a fairly open weave in chocolate brown and light brown wool in a diagonal stripe design. The threads are of differing thicknesses which means the coat has lovely texture. It is fully lined with warm brown artificial silk fabric. The belt has an oversized early plastic buckle in mottled brown and fastens with a single hook and eye. This could be moved to adjust the size of the belt.
A truly spectacular piece!
Will fit up to a 38" bust but to ensure that it will fit you properly, please compare the following measurements to a similar coat you already own.
Measured on the outside;
Flat bust 20”
Flat waist 18.5”
Shoulders between sleeves 15”
Underarm sleeve length 17"
Neck to hem 46”
Belt - the belt is currently set to 34", but this is over the coat so is more suited to a 32" waist. However, it only fastens with a single hook and eye so could easily be made smaller.
Very good with some minor points to note;
- the lining has been repaired under the left armhole - see photo
- there is a 1" circular patch in the lining - see photo
- there are some small holes in the lining
- there are some seams on the lining, especially near the shoulders, which have been resewn by hand
- there is a hanging hook in the back neck of the coat and this appears to be a modern addition as the ribbon is very new
- there is some slight discolouration around the collar and neck area, on the places where the coat makes contact with skin - see photos