Good Wear L.W. Foster G-1 55J14 Flight Jacket
Price: $750.00 (used condition) — note shipping costs below
Fit: this pattern is snug-torso'ed but comfortable in the correct size
Leather: veg-tanned aniline finish seal brown goatskin
Lining: seal brown rayon acetate
Thread: dark brown nylon
Knits: dark brown wool rib-rack
Zipper: repro Conmar with vintage Conmar M-44 slider
This jacket is one of John's personal jackets. It's made with a light goatskin (same tannery as the Doniger in the sale
section), finished in dark seal brown. The jacket has patches that refer to his own family and his service in the Navy.
The jacket pattern came from this particular Foster 55J14.
This jacket is a bit tight in the lower torso, as was the original. If you are close in sizing to what John wears,
but are OK with a slightly tighter lower torso, this should fit just fine. The rest of the jacket fits well, though
more on the size of snug than roomy.
The Seabees patch represents John's time in the Seabees (eight years in three units). The USS Okinawa patch is for his uncle,
who was a plank-owning officer of the Okinawa crew, and the Coast Guard patch is for his grandfather, who was a captain
in the Coast Guard. This jacket gets comments all the time when worn - many have said "That's a great jacket!", and we believe
it's because of the patches, as unpatched jackets don't get the same level of comments.
The button holes were made using a single-needle sewing machine. Our button hole machine isn't operating as needed, and we're in the
process of buying a modern button hole sewing machine. They are incredibly expensive ($10K would be a good deal on one), and we
think that's the best machine for what we do, as the vintage machines we have (3 units) require too much management to justify
their use. We used the button hole machine with no thread, and then filled in the stitch holes with the single needle machine.
| Front along zipper
| Front chest under arms
| Back width under arms
| Back height
| Shoulder width
| Sleeves, from shoulder to end of cuff
|Good Wear David D. Doniger A-2 Jacket
Price: $875.00 (new condition) — note shipping costs below
Fit: this pattern is very comfortable in the correct size
Leather: veg-tanned aniline finish russet brown goatskin
Thread: mid-brown cotton
Knits: mid-brown wool
Pocket snaps: vintage NOS United-Carr Anzos
Zipper: vintage 1942 M-42 Talon with reproduction Talon slider
Payment can be made either by credit card, check, or using PayPal.com, with our
moniker of firstname.lastname@example.org. For credit cards, please email your intent to purchase the jacket, and we will email
a SecureNet form to fill out with your credit card information. Shipping costs in addition are $50.00 for customers within
the U.S.A, and $80.00 for customers outside of the U.S.A., using USPS EMS trackable shipping.