I purchased Kwik Sew 3123 on Sewingpatterns.com . I downloaded and printed out the pattern, then put it together like a puzzle. I checked out this pattern on PatternReview.com and found most people said the sizing ran large. I chose medium anyway.
The first muslin turned out huge, with lots of shoulder and arm room. So I decided to cut the pattern's armscyes to small, but keep everything else medium. This made a better fit. But still too big, so I decided to make the pattern in small, with one inch added to the arm length.
The instructions are thorough and clear. The only thing I did different from the instructions was to make the collar from the outer material instead of the lining.
My Singer Diana in a desk did a great job sewing this project. This 1975 electronic machine is smooth and quiet.
I tried different machines for the topstitching, but used Diana anyway. She did great with the thick thread and a 14 needle.
The buttons are an inch wide so I made 1 1/8" buttonholes with my Singer CE100. Diana has a two-step manual buttonhole and I wasn't sure I would get them all the same.
This is a comfortable coat. It is definitely oversized and boxy. I like it and have worn it several times.
I found a Kwik Sew pattern for a denim jacket which I think will be a great project.
Thanks for stopping.