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 Post subject: ARP Overalls needed
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 15:42 pm 
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Can anyone point me in the right direction? I am looking for a good reproduction set of ARP Pattern 41 Bluette Overalls or a source for modern overalls that can be converted without too much trouble or even a sewing pattern will do. This is one of the last bit of kit I am really in need of.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 21:31 pm 
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Was hoping someone would have responded as I'm in the same boat.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 14:44 pm 
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Just searched "ww2 arp overalls" and found these in the "images":-

http://www.replicawarehouse.co.uk/

https://khaki-on-campaign.webs.com/apps ... =166353873

I've never dealt with either company so can't comment on the quality of either boiler suit.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 21:57 pm 
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Khaki on Campaign is absolute top notch stuff but is always extremely busy and turn over times can be extreme.
Replica Warehouse is asking £295.00 for their repro coveralls which is way more than I’m willing to spend.
I’ve been in touch with Soldier of Fortune and they are unwilling to produce ARP uniforms.
I’ve had CD battledress custom made by Sanjay and those are unsatisfactory so I had to use another dealer to make my CD battledress.
As I’m located in the U.S. it’s near impossible to find original stuff without paying the high shipping costs from the U.K.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 15:34 pm 
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Never used them so haven`t a clue on quality.... https://www.the1940shop.co.uk/product-page/arp-overalls-deposit


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:29 am 
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slick63 wrote:
Never used them so haven`t a clue on quality.... https://www.the1940shop.co.uk/product-page/arp-overalls-deposit

I actually ordered a pair from them and am awaiting delivery. Will let you know what I think
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 14:58 pm 
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After waiting over four months for a pair of coveralls from the 1940’s shop I was given a full refund.
The shop claims that the item was posted but can not produce an international tracking number as proof of shipment.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:55 am 
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I know this is an old thread but just thought I’d add a post anyway, as it might be of help to others like me who don’t do Facebook but rely on googling sites like this.
I do have an original set of ARP overalls, but wouldn’t use them for re-enacting as they are a little too precious to me to risk damaging them.
Instead I bought two pairs of Click Workwear CDBS overalls, (currently listed at around £20 each on ebay), and from them made up a repro set of Bluettes that I could wear without worry. (You need two buy two overalls to have enough material for pockets, epaulettes, belt, belt loops).
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Notice the Click ones are quite plain, and don’t have numerous pockets or existing button holes to contend with.
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I took the elastic out of the waist, took off the popper fasteners and put a fake seam up the back, (using material from the 2nd set), and sewed lines horizontally across the chest similar to the originals before adding the chest pockets, having removed the existing pocket. Made epaulettes. Also split the sleeve ends and added a button (British Army buttons). I used an original ARP badge, buttons and belt buckle.
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Note - The early overalls never had a leg pocket if you want to avoid a bit of extra sewing.
I did make a mistake making the main button holes vertical instead of horizontal, but they don’t show when the buttons are done up.
Final touches were done down my workshop grubbying them up a bit, with a flick of cement dust. (Less is more).
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I’m not a seamstress, but it was really quite easy borrowing my other half’s sewing machine to do all the mods. As you can see my workmanship is rather crude, but then if you look at the originals they were quickly mass produced and were not always to a particularly great standard of sewing.
The hardest part was finding a suitable the belt buckle. At first I used the one below and painted it silver, as it was the closest I could find at the time. (It is an RAF belt buckle with the tangs cut off)
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My original set of overalls didn’t have a belt, but luckily I found one for sale by a militaria dealer. It was so faded it was almost sky-blue. I ended up dying it to match my original overalls, but before doing so I carefully undid the stitches holding on the buckle, and now I use an original buckle, (not the whole belt), on occasions I wear the repro overalls. I reattach it to the original or repro belt, holding it with a safety pin rather than sewing it in.
Anyway, thought this might help others looking for a good base for a set of hopefully passable overalls.
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What a great idea.

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