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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sepia Saturday #72- Peacoats

Big Blogger changes.
I had already done SS post and now I can't find it.
So anyway.

Yes Sepia Saturday is about a time long past.
Yours truly at 15 showing off my very stylish
Pea Coat
It looks black but of course was midnight Navy blue.
I loved the hand warmers.
Who remembers these?

I can remember when the pea coat for women came out I wanted one so bad.
The wonderful uncle who had been in the Navy had one of course that swallowed me.
He got me one for Christmas the year I was 15. 
Oh boy I was overjoyed.
Look at those blue jeans rolled up.

This was in front of our grandparents home where we lived.
8 of us lived in that big house, which was not big enough.

About the pea coat for commercial sale


Today the style is considered a classic, and pea coats are now worn by all manner of individuals, not just professional sailors. When it is worn by a woman, it is often referred to as a Jackie O Jacket.
Note that few of the jackets seen on the street are genuine navy surplus; being a classic garment, it is frequently available from retailers, though often with small design changes that reflect the current fashion trends. The standard for historical pea coats was 30 ounces (approx. 850 g) wool, most often made of heavy Melton Cloth through the 1970s in the U.S. Navy. Presently coats are made from 22–32 oz (620–910 g) wool. While pea coats are offered in many colors by retailers, the U.S. Navy-issue pea coat[5] is always dark blue or black.
The term "pea coat" originated from the Dutch or West Frisian word pijjekker, in which pij referred to the type of cloth used, a coarse kind of twilled blue cloth with a nap on one side.

From Wikipedia

Pea coat for The Navy

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Bob Scotney said...

Peggy in a peacoat. They go together somehow. I had not heard the term peacoat before but recognised the nautical connection. I suppose your rolled-up jeans made up for the lack of bell bottoms.

GrandmaK said...

Such wonderful memories! Wishing you a grand day! Cathy

Mina said...

Oh Peggy, I love that coat. My daughter has one very much like it. She adores vintage clothing and is always surfing the Etsy shops looking for things there. You look adorable!

Postcardy said...

I remember rolling up jeans, but only when they were too long. Now I have been seeing some women wearing them like yours.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I think the rolled up jeans were the forerunner of petal pushers and then Capris. LOL Whatever was the style, my friends and I took it up.
I have some more photos with the jeans rolled up somewhere.

Ima Weed said...

I had a pea coat and rolled up jeans, too. Thanks for reminding me.

Howard said...

never heard of it, but very stylish!

Kristin said...

I had an authentic navy surplus pea jacket in the late 1960's. I loved that coat!

Shelly Ward said...

Ohh Peggy, I had to holler for my daughter to come see. She is 15 and loves her peacoat, not authentic, but she still loves it. Thanks for sharing. God Bless you.

Karin said...

Very interesting post Peggy!

barbara and nancy said...

I too had a surplus store pea coat in the 60s. I loved it so much but it was so scratchy. Drove me crazy.
Ladies of the grove

Tattered and Lost said...

Oh yes, the pea coat. Alas I gave it away. Either it grew smaller or I grew larger, but I hope it's not at the bottom of a landfill.

Alan Burnett said...

What is it about such coats - I had one as well and remember it with great fondness.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Oh yes had one too, tho' I didn't recall those being the Jackie O coat. And how much easier it was to roll up jeans instead of hemming which is tough on machine needles through that denim seam! I know how frustrating that is when you are blogging and it disappears without any trace. Where do they go, now there's a question worth pondering. Is there a cyber home beyond where all our fleeing posts are sitting awaiting retrieval? Hmm..