View Full Version : Spinoff: Dressage Coat when you're built like Gumby

Aug. 14, 2011, 10:29 AM
I have REALLY long arms. I'm 5'9" with an armspan that's close to 6ft :eek: My current dressage coat was a $99 bandaid that with my arms bent the sleeves come half way up my dang arms!
Pikeur in long is almost long enough, but I'd like to find something for under $200
I honestly don't care what color (just nothing crazy like magenta)
Plain is fine because I can always add my own details (buttons are an easy fix
I have big tatas too, so it needs to be broad through the chest but slim through the waist... but if I can get a coat cheap enough I can have it tailored a bit.


Aug. 14, 2011, 02:24 PM
I see dressage show clothing for sale on craigslist all the time. Personally, I have a circa 2000 Cavallo coat that I bought in Germany and the sleeves are way long. (I'm 5'9" as well.). You might be able to find a nice one and have it tailored.

I have to ask: your horse isn't built like Pokey, is he?

Aug. 14, 2011, 04:09 PM
Do you sew? Do you know someone who can sew?

My problem isn't my arms, but rather I have long thighs and a long rise. "Regular" rise breeches fit me as if they were "low rise". The only way I can get breeches to really fit is to make them myself.

At your price point, your best bet, other than making a coat with the appropriate adjustments, might be to buy a man's coat and have it tailored.

Good luck!

Aug. 14, 2011, 04:25 PM



Aug. 14, 2011, 10:04 PM
My "wingspan" is upwards of 6', even though I'm barely 5'9". RJ Classics long length coats are long enough for me in the sleeves right off the rack; my regular length shadbelly sleeves are long enough, but I've had to get the regular length short coat sleeves lengthened, though fortunately they leave plenty of room to let them out.

Aug. 14, 2011, 10:23 PM
I'll look into RJ Classics. I bet I can find some locally to try on (I hope)
I don't sew, my BFF is a fashion designer in NYC, but the trip up to take the gazillion measurements would cost as much as a pikeur :cry:

Heinz 57
Aug. 15, 2011, 07:49 PM
A weird idea, but...

Could you possibly find a coat that fits in the body, of a plain/common fabric - and then have new sleeves made to fit?

Or, maybe you could find an RJ on clearance that you like, hopefully cheap enough to buy two (one that fits the body, and then a larger size that fits the arms) and have them put together? Obviously the sleeves would need to be altered some to fit on the smaller jacket, but it seems possible.