I searched the internet to find a pattern for what I had in mind. No patterns, but I did find a photo of what I want to make.
This is similar to my vision.
I started with the Vogue 8841 supplied with the class. Mr. King says this is a unisex coat. Believe me, it is not.
The class teaches how to tweak the pattern to make the style of coat he wanted. Nothing is said about sizing or fitting. I attempted to learn how to adjust this pattern to fit on my own.
Muslin one with shoulders "let out"
I narrowed the first muslin two inches by taking in the side seams at the hips and tapering out at the underarm. I added 1-1/2" to each shoulder. I opened up the arms 1" in circumference.
For my third muslin I reshaped the armscyces to the largest size on the pattern.
This made the arms fit better, but it still looks awful.
I decided to self-draft a pattern after my disappointment with my adjustments to Vogue 8841. I took my t-shirt pattern and added ease to make my new jacket muslin.
It needs some adjustments, but after that I am back to Mr. King's class to add a princess seam, collar, pockets, and a lining.
The books I am using to help me with all this are Easy guide to sewing jackets and Men's wear tailoring techniques . These are free to download.
It is a good thing the thrift store had a $3 bolt of fabric suitable for muslins.
Thanks for stopping.