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Fastuni

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Gents, what's your thinking on this jacket: 1920s? it has a heavily slanted breast pocket and a natural shoulder with a sloping seam:

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Silly me... I would put it at early 30's actually.

Ca. 1928-1933. Very conservative for sure... certainly meant for a stroller.
The lack of front darts was well into the 30's usual to accomodate larger bellies.

The button stance, lapels and overall cut are for me not particularly evoking the early 20's or teens, but very much for early 30's.

TT, it might be good to know whether there is any waist surpression.

Steeply angled chest pockets were not unusual during the 30's in French tailoring. Here a French (Tahitian) summer jacket - clearly 30's.

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Silly me... I would put it at early 30's actually.

Ca. 1928-1933. Very conservative for sure... certainly meant for a stroller.
The lack of front darts was well into the 30's usual to accommodate larger bellies.

With those slopped shoulder seams, I'd think it's a good decade earlier than that. Is this not the case with European coats?
 

Fastuni

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Sloped shoulder seams were common in European tailoring until the late 30's.
They gradually got straighter, but the use of sloped seams also depended on the individual tailor.
My earliest jackets with straight shoulder seams are ca. 1936-38. All of my early 1930's jackets have very sloped seams.
 
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Minimal waist suppression: made for a larger man but not one with a prominent belly. I have minimal knowledge of French tailoring and, as is always the case with clothes made by tailors for the more mature men, it's hard to date.

It's interesting to know that French tailors continued with sloping breast pockets for longer than in other areas.
 

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Sloped shoulder seams were common in European tailoring until the late 30's.
They gradually got straighter, but the use of sloped seams also depended on the individual tailor.
My earliest jackets with straight shoulder seams are ca. 1936-38. All of my early 1930's jackets have very sloped seams.

Interesting. Most American suits that I see from the '30s have straight shoulder seams like the ones below:

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Fastuni

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My certainly mid-30's American sport-suit has still rather sloped shoulder seams - not as extreme as in earlier years, but clearly not straight.

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Fastuni

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Great plate showing the different angles of shoulder seams that existed at that time, from little to very steep slope.
The first one is pretty much the same as on most of my 30's suits.
 

Guttersnipe

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I actually just asked the Leon Trotsky of the Fedora Lounge about this. He says a Russian born, Jewish-American tailor named Louis Roth (of Lewis Roth & Co, Los Angeles, CA) is credited with introducing the forward slope shoulder seam to the U.S. ready-to-wear market in 1931, and that it was quickly adopted by American RTW suit manufactures.
 

Fastuni

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Interesting.
I'd have to check German tailoring publications on this change.
I think the straight seam became prevalent when broad, straight (instead of hollow) shoulders became the fashion in the second half of the 30's.
Patterns were also simplified at that time - cleaner lines and less shape-ironing.
 

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I would LOVE a suit like this. The summer is a time of suffering for me, as I have no suits that wear cool enough to put on in the sweltering heat. I would definitely need a very airy linen, seersucker or perhaps a super breathable lightweight wool. You simply don't find suits like that here because I guess nobody wears suits in the summer? It's terrible. The cool weather is finally returning! :D huzzah!
 

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