I made a coat! And I am pretty pleased with it. See my smug face.
Pattern Sizing: XXS to XXL. My measurements put me in a size large but I sized down to a medium because I knew it would be very oversized. Actually, my bust measurement put me in a medium, but everything else is in the large size. The medium fit perfectly with a couple of shoulder alterations.
Fabric Used: The fabric is really what inspired the coat. A few months ago, I ordered this alpaca knit wool fabric from fabric.com on a whim. It wasn't actually what I was shopping for and I don't really know why I ordered it. I was expecting it to be much lighter weight. When it came, I was surprised by the weight and warmth. I figured I better make a nice coat out of it. I searched around for a pattern that was simple so I didn't have to do too much plaid matching and settled on this one. Anyway, it's super warm and cozy. It's probably the warmest coat I own. It's definitely 100% wool because it smelled like a wet alpaca when I washed it! I spent forever cutting out each piece individually to try and match up my plaids perfectly. I think I did an ok job. The horizontal lines match up pretty well, but I did not pay attention to the vertical lines in some places. At least it's symmetrical. I lined it with a rayon challis because I couldn't find anything else to match. The rayon challis is a little heavier than a normal lining, but it contributes to the warmth, I think.
Likes/ Dislikes: I really love the end result. It is so warm and cozy. It is the ultimate blanket coat. I can see myself wearing this often, even though it's only cold enough here for a couple of months. I love the fabric and I love the relaxed fit. I can definitely fit a big sweater underneath. The pockets are really fun. They have an opening sewn with the seam allowances sewn in to the side seams. I thought they were a little fiddly while I was working on them but love the way they turned out. The only dislikes I have are the way the cuffs are sewn. My fabric makes that seam pretty bulky, especially with the lining sewn to it as well. The sleeves are also very wide and could maybe be slimmed down. But then again, they work with oversized fit of the coat.
Conclusion: Nice pattern, love my new coat!