My thoughts about the beginning of the jacket and pattern pictures are posted here. There are a lot of seams with a lot of topstitching on this jacket. I used regular thread with the triple-straight stitch for the topstitching. My machine doesn't really like heavy-duty thread so this seems like the best option for me. Getting nice straight topstitching on the corduroy was difficult. If I was stitching in the same direction as the wales, the stitching either "fell" into the troughs or looked very crooked and messy if I wasn't stitching exactly parallel to the wales. If I was stitching across the wales, the presser foot tended to slide one way or the other with the nap.
The lining is a poly stretch satin that is pretty wild. It might even be objectively ugly. But, honestly, there's something about it that I like. It's nice to be able to use linings to express my "wild side."
I love the way the buttons look but they were really frustrating to put on the jacket. I used this tack style button on my jeans and had no problem at all putting it on. These were a different brand and the nail/back part was much bigger than the hole in the button shank. I had to pound on these buttons with a hammer as hard as I could. A couple of the buttons are slightly bent, but not enough to be noticed by anyone but me.
The other problem with the buttons was that I needed 13 and only had 12. I did not notice this until I was putting on the buttons. I bought them at Fabricland when I started the jacket and now that they're going out of business, there are no more. So, the sleeve plackets don't have buttons, but they do have buttonholes. I didn't slice the buttonhole open yet because I wasn't sure if I would rip out the stitches, leave them in with no button, or try to find two "close enough" buttons for that spot. When I wore the jacket, I did notice that the placket kind of gapes open and really should have a button. I did buy some tack buttons in the same color, but they are smaller and have a different design. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do yet.
It feels good to have this finished. This project started as part of my plan to wear more layers for warmth. With the corduroy and lining, this will be a warm jacket and will work well as outerwear in the fall.