Vogue 9071 is the pattern I chose. And evidently, it is already out of print . . . so I guess not a very popular one. Which is a shame, I think. This design has some really lovely elements.
I purchased the wool quite a few years ago (I believe it was from Fashion Fabrics Club, although I cannot be sure at this point).
None of my stashed linings were going to work for the project, so I needed to purchase something. Dharma Trading Co. just started selling colored silks so I decided to splurge on silk charmeuse. Off I went to their San Rafael store to find the perfect color for my plaid. I am slightly disappointed with the silk because it has what I can only describe as white scuff marks throughout the yardage which I did not see in the store. The silk was dyed evenly - this seems to be something that happened after that process. It is not ideal, but at least I was planning on using it as an interior fabric that will not show much, if ever.
The sleeves are faced instead of hemmed. Although I was pretty sure that the coat would fit just fine without significant alterations, the sleeve length was probably going to need shortening, so I made up a sleeve in muslin and basted it in place.
The only buttonholes on this design are on the sleeves.
So, naturally, I made bound buttonholes. This is a different method than my go-to bound buttonhole, but I really like how they came out.
I do love a bound buttonhole!
The coat construction was somewhat unexpected.
The only issue I had was that these particular instructions do not allow for shoulder pads. Or, at least, shoulder pads that get covered by the lining.
I decided that a soft shouldered coat could work, but I did add sleeve heads.
The first half of the instructions read like a ready-to wear garment, but there is a fair amount of hand sewing as well.
The instructions have the lining free at the hem, but I decided to stitch it in place (the pattern pieces are just as wide as the coat hem, and that is my preferred finish).
I am not sure this coat will get much wear before the Spring weather takes full effect, but I am glad I stuck with it, just the same!