Yarmouth Oilskins

Yarmouth Oilskins Hooded Smock

The Story
Yarmouth Stores have manufactured oilskin clothing for well over 100 years, originally the go to workwear for English fishermen, the merchant navy, agricultural workers and miners. Originally garments were made in calico cotton then oilskin dressing was applied by hand in their factory in Great Yarmouth. It’s documented that in 1953 the factory would produce around 2000 oilskin garments per week.

The Detail
The pattern for the Hooded Smock is taken directly from the company archive. When choosing fabric for the recreation, a modern lightweight waxed fabric, not available when it was originally created, was selected which perfectly suited the jacket. The fabric is produced by one of Britain’s oldest wax cloth mills , this emulsified wax finish cloth is lightweight breathable and weather repellent. It offers a soft tumbled appearance, keeping all the character of natural cotton. A beautiful patina will develop over time and get better and better.
The Hooded Smock is unlined, with an internal waist draw cord, and a sturdy brass zip. It has generous deep welt pockets with a buttoned storm flap, and three piece hood.
This fabric is washable, line dried and light iron.  After a number of washes the waxed finish may deteriorate, so we advise washing your smock as infrequently as possible. 

Made in the Yarmouth Oilskins factory in Great Yarmouth, Great Britain


EST. 1898


Made in Great Yarmouth, Great Britain

Yarmouth Oilskins has designed and manufactured quality workwear garments to the highest standards in Great Yarmouth, Great Britain for over 100 years.

Today, we still create our collection in the same factory using traditional methods using many of our original patterns. We have a team of 20 craftspeople, many of whom have been with us for 25 years.

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