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05-25-2010, 03:19 PM
Product: Swedish surplus anorak (AKA snow smock, snow parka, vindblus, pull-over)

MFR stamp: Textil-Söm

Material: 100% cotton (I have read that these have been made from three materials over time - two 100% cotton and one cotton/poly blend. Mine are 100% cotton.)

Color: off-white, similar to stone khaki

XL measurements (common/newer model, or same as XXL):

22" (56 cm) across shoulders
54" (137) around at armpits
57" (145) around at waist
62" (157) around at hem
36" (91) length from top of shoulder
37.5" (95) sleeve length from center back

XL measurements (model made by Örebro):

21.5" (55 cm) across shoulders
54" (137) around at armpits
57" (145) around at waist
62" (157) around at hem
33" (84) length from top of shoulder
33" (84) sleeve length from center back

XL measurements (made in 1944):

20.5" (52 cm) across shoulders
50" (127) around at armpits
52" (132) around at waist
54" (137) around at hem
33.5" (85) length from top of shoulder
33.5" (85) sleeve length from center back

XXL measurements:

22" (56 cm) across shoulders
56" (142) around at armpits
58" (147) around at waist
62" (157) around at hem
34.5" (88) length from top of shoulder
37" (94) sleeve length from center back

The following still in development:
Pattern: http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14024
My modifications: <thread link>
This picture album on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/sets/72157624008613959/)

I recently ordered four of these from Ireland (ebay). These are getting hard to find and quite expensive, and there doesn't seem to be much information about them available (not to mention a relative scarcity of free anorak patterns) so I thought I'd take some pictures and do some documentation before ripping mine apart. So, here's what I've got; hopefully it will give you some ideas. Bad and good things (wish I could use table formatting, but it isn't supported here...):

Tight armpits - Wouldn't be able to get much under there. Cold-weather smocks should have baggy armpits, perhaps even big enough to pull arms entirely into the body (for example, read about outer layers at wintertrekking.com (http://wintertrekking.com/index.php?action=article_view&a_id=28)).
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/4637632063_33c0a013fe_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637632063/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Tight cuffs - The cuffs are pleated too much. As you can see, about eight-inch circumference when buttoned, and still relatively small when unbuttoned.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4071/4637719635_2b53e38c89_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637719635/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Hidden waist tie - The waist tie is inside, so the anorak must be flipped up more than one foot in order to access it. If a waist tie is necessary, two holes should be cut in the outside of the waist channel, and the ties should be pulled through to the outside. (If you ask me, wool sashes are better than waist ties any day.)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4067/4637732917_47fd519834_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637732917/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Some uneven stitching - There are two kinds of stitching. Main construction seams are all flat-felled (jean seam) with two chain stitches and are very nice, straight, and so on; finishing touches (joining pockets to body, waist channel, hood finishes, &c.) are a single running stitch and precision here is really hit and miss. Pictures in order: crooked stitching on waist tie tunnel, a rather poorly-sewn hood, a rather well-sewn hood, and one shot of the armpit as an example of the consistently good flat-felled seams.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3372/4638247110_425b133053_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4638247110/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4637642317_1114141602_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637642317/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3338/4637648079_f37b3c0a05_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637648079/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4637653563_4461847e65_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637653563/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Weird hood area - It's just a little weird, not to mention the time it would take to button/unbutton all those buttons. On the other hand, the hood is nice and large, and the neck looks easy enough to modify with a triangular gusset or somesuch.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4638333618_4c6e29f1c6_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4638333618/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Ties? - Is this wick? I definitely removed mine. One good design point here though is a line of stitching going right through all tie tunnels at the midway point to keep the ties from migrating to one side (waist and hood, as well as the waist on the matching pants, but that's another story). And I might use these as snowshoe bindings, so another possible benefit.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3346/4637728017_ae0cd241f6_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637728017/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Decent gussets - Not much else to say about this one. Pictures of first top then bottom fabric of arm flat.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3343/4637737875_6902d496ce_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637737875/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/4638352432_034c0c8780_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4638352432/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Well-designed pockets - I have never seen pockets like this before. The pocket extends about 2" up into the flap, so it is folded over like a paper lunch bag when the flap is down. Interesting. They are also nice and large. Not perfectly placed, perhaps, but easy to move around.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4638357566_a91a374013_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4638357566/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4637752875_a379eeb3bb_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637752875/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/4637757681_77ef2a8206_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49483099@N02/4637757681/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Some more pictures:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/5044810413_95a698db32_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5044810413/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5045438994_e0f57bb82e_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5044810413/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

the one from 1944 (two button styles on same anorak):
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4149/5044831685_d7fdeec58b_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5044831685/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4131/5045465258_b1dff1e440_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5045465258/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

apparently made by Örebro:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5045447968_28f560890e_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5045447968/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5044837519_effa3a8648_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5044837519/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

newer/common model with white plastic buttons (XXL is also this style):
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5045471574_24d606a6d4_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaak0-0/5045471574/sizes/l/in/set-72157624008613959/)

Sgt. Mac
05-25-2010, 03:28 PM
Thanx for a well thought out review with pictures

05-25-2010, 04:38 PM
Good review. I picked up a couple of these but have not done anything to them yet. These are really useful cold weather coats as long as it is not wet.

You might look at MickeS post in March on modifications to a Swedish Anorak. His hood modification works pretty well. If I knew how to link to that thread I would but you can find it by searching anoraks. His is titled Modified Swedish Anorak and was posted back in March of 2010.

05-25-2010, 05:05 PM
Yep, I left off mentioning that and some like it because I'll have a modification thread (Self-Made Gear forum) in a week or two with a sources section at the top as always, but maybe I'll throw out a few threads specific to the Swedish surplus smock:
MikeS@BCUSA, brown dye, hood cinch (http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10321)
SurvivalMike@BCUK, grey-brown dye, antler buttons, Greenland waxing (http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55453)
C_Claycomb@BCUK, extensive underarm gussets, chest pocket, fur ruff (http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54736) (scroll down for pictures)
coralville@CCR, extensive underarm gussets, semi-kangaroo chest pocket (http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=26925) (oldboyscout has a nice picture there too)

I'll be essentially copying coralville, but doing a few other things too.

01-18-2011, 12:29 PM
Today I managed to find another unissued swedish smock/anorak in a size that's plenty enough for me - C60 :)
It's the model I prefer, with the folded pocket flaps, epaulettes and big white plastic buttons.
It's the first C60 I've ever seen, C54 is the biggest in c-sizes i've seen before and those I find a bit to small. I have another one in size '2', the one pik is linking to in post above, that I use alot and that one's a tad smaller than this new one.

Well, the measurements for my C60;
61.4" (156 cm) around at armpits
59.8" (152 cm) around at waist
64.6" (164 cm) around at hem
35.8" (91 cm) length from top of neck center
38.5" (98 cm) sleeve length from center back

This one will be dyed green I think and will get the same hood adjustments as my brown one, and it will also share the same buttoned coyote fur ruff I have for that one...