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Pandemic

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Sizing recommendations sought: I’m a true 38 and fairly slim with shortish arms. Am I safe ordering the 38/M if I am not planning to wear more than a tshirt under this?
 

CatsCan

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Wonder what effect soaking these in hot water will have. Details on site include: Outer: 12.5oz jungle cross fabric, 100% cotton; Inner: 70% wool, 30% polyester; and Dry clean only. Usually take a 40 but am likely to buy a 42 hoping the soaking will shrink it to the perfect size. Concerned a 40 might be too small for layering and will prematurely wear-out the seams. As it's been said, depends on the look you're after: fashionable fitted or baggy utility.

The problem with hot soaking is it's unpredictable outcome. You never know how the lining will behave like. The cotton outer shell will be less problematic. But remember, cotton shrinks to a level but stretches back afterwards.
The only safe method will be a seamstress who can take measurements and alter the jacket to your liking. It doesn't cost a fortune.
For this path the best way is to get a jacket with shoulders fitting well with the sort of layering you are preferring to wear underneath and with sleeves slightly too wide and too long. This can be a hard task, though. To alter the shoulders is very difficult. So these should fit well to begin with imo.
Before altering a jacket or hot soaking it, I would always give it a wash cycle (no matter what the tag says) and see how the outcome is. I rarely had problems washing a "dry clean only" item. Do a gentle cycle with liquid soap and a low temp and low spin setting and you are likely ok. Be careful when you remove the jacket from the machine and dry it flat before it feels sturdy enough to hang it out into the fresh air. The jacket will be very heavy when wet and will easily deform when you pull too much. When drying outside, avoid direct sunlight.

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Klaatu

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The problem with hot soaking is it's unpredictable outcome. You never know how the lining will behave like. The cotton outer shell will be less problematic. But remember, cotton shrinks to a level but stretches back afterwards...
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Sound advice, thanks. Maybe instead of a hot soak, just put it through a warm wash and then a dryer spin with a softener sheet. I suspect the latter's heat will make more a difference in shrinking. It's a roll of the dice.
 

CatsCan

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Sound advice, thanks. Maybe instead of a hot soak, just put it through a warm wash and then a dryer spin with a softener sheet. I suspect the latter's heat will make more a difference in shrinking. It's a roll of the dice.

The dryer can also be quite risky for the lining when it contains wool and I suspect it has 80% Wool. The problem is that you have two different materials, sturdy cotton and more delicate wool lining. You could start with a normal washing and skip the dryer for a first experiment. Wait until completely dry before you put it on. If not satisfied, work your way up in small steps and try a warmer wash and the dryer on a moderate temperature setting before you end up with a ruined jacket.

My way was to buy and re-sell until I was happy with one make. I wanted a higher grade of quality like Buzz or McCoy but ended up with the much cheaper make Bronson. On some of us, certain makes are simply not right, whatever we do. Sometimes this applies to N-1's in general. We want them to be good but they turn out to look better on others.
One good way is to adapt to how it looks from the start. There will be some kind of metamorphosis when we just wear the hell out of them. They surely get better with time. We tend to be over critical and look into the mirror too skeptical sometimes. Sometimes they look good on us but we feel horrible in them. Like I said before, these N-1s can be quite difficult.

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