I purchased this orange coating fabric over a year ago when all the clearance fabrics at Fabricland were $1.00/meter. However, this is not a high-quality piece of fabric. It is mostly polyester and I don't expect it to wear well. I suspect it will pill. For that reason, I didn't invest a lot of time in the construction. Also, I'm thinking that I might get tired of an orange coat more quickly than something neutral, so I didn't see the need to use lots of elaborate techniques on this project.
The lining fabric was given to me by a destashing acquaintance. It isn't particularly fabulous, but it was on hand and perfectly serviceable. The entire coat is underlined with flannel for extra warmth. I should have taken a picture of the underlining. There are three different types of flannel included. No one piece was large enough. Stashbusting! I'm impressed with how much the flannel helps with warmth. Warm is good. We're getting snow and it feels like winter is definitely here.
Simplicity 2508 was the pattern I was originally going to use for this coat, so I had already made a muslin. Thankfully, I still had it. I had not made any changes to the muslin, so that's where I started. I'm 5'8" and everything about this coat was too short. I lowered the bust point, lengthened the sleeves, lowered the back tab (which originally looked more like it was spanning my shoulder blades than my waist) and added overall length to the jacket at the hem.
I didn't really use any tailoring techniques on this coat. The fronts and front facings are fully interfaced with a lightweight fusible. In hindsight, it seems that it would have been smart for me to interface all of the main pieces. My biggest concern was whether or not the buttonholes would turn out to be any good. A plane ticket to NY for a visit to Jonathan Embroidery is not an option right now. I tried a few different settings and they turned out pretty well when I stitched them twice. The first pass was at a lower density and then I sliced them open. The second pass was done with both an increased width and density. They aren't perfect, but they did work pretty well.
The final verdict...
I really do like this coat (and the space that it has created in my fabric closet). I think I could have gone down a size, but I really like the full range of motion that the roominess allows.
Even if this isn't a coat that I'll be wearing for years and years, I'm happy to have added it to my outerwear options for now. I don't go to work each day and am often at home, so people see my coats (school runs, grocery shopping, errands, etc) more than my winter clothes. The Canadian winter is long and bleak. Perhaps this colorful option will add some warmth for me in more ways than one.