Each day I was able to work on the jacket in short intervals... 20 minutes here and an hour there. I followed the Anise Companion, these are some super in-depth instructions. I'm really glad I did... it held my hand the whole way through. It explains everything precisely. I now realize that I LIKE hand sewing?! And I will likely never discount a project if I need to hand sew. This is insanity... I'd never thought I'd say that I like hand sewing.
I learned a load from working with this pattern. I made mistakes- some I fixed, some I let slide and some that were irreversible.
I cut a straight size 10. The only alteration I made was to the back darts. I find that Colette Pattern darts on the back are really short and stumpy- I elongated them and made them lay more flat. I used an icy blue wool flannel for the outside, a fun light purple and white polka dot polyester for the lining and then a basic unbleached cotton muslin for the underlining. The flannel is light weight making the jacket for those not-so-cold Mid-Atlantic winter days or perhaps for walking around indoors at the grocery store or what not in the winter.
I really like some of the details. The welt pockets aren't terribly difficult to make and look pretty nice. Really, none of the pattern was difficult- it just took patience. The Anise Companion suggested making bound button holes but I opted for machine stitched ones. I skipped them because I felt I had so many other new things to learn at the moment.
I'm not going to point out my little mistakes even though I see a pile of them. I have to think of them as different points at which I learned something new for next time! If I do ever make this jacket again I would choose a heavier fabric. I am not sure how much wear I will get out of this considering how lightweight it is. I was aiming for a medium weight coat. Also, I'd choose a different color. I don't have many pastels in my wardrobe and it won't match a whole lot... perhaps I should start working on more pale colored garments.
I love how the seams on the collar and the lapel are discreetly hidden by being pulled under ever so slightly.