My purple wool jacket (Vogue 8436) is finished and not a moment too soon - temps here are down in the 50s and 60s now (~12-15 C). I made the shorter View A length with the collar from View B.
The pattern couldn't have been easier to make up. I love not having to set in sleeves!
One thing to note is that the two front pieces do not overlap in a way that is perpendicular, each side hangs at an angle. At first I didn't like that, but now I'm used to it. This piece is more for looks and not warmth...
Sleeves: as you know, I was unhappy with the puffy sleeves, so I redrafted them to be basically straight. Still gathered them a bit at the cuffs.
Pockets: I added in-seam pockets (because I always like to have someplace to put my hands!). If your pattern doesn't include pockets, Burdastyle now has a great tutorial on how to do this (part 1, part 2).
Closures: This instructions tell you to apply several "coat snaps" to keep the coat closed, but I used only one on the side opposite the button.
I finished the buttonhole as a bound buttonhole. I made it a little bit "fat" for a bolder look.
I used a vintage button as the main closure - it's 1.75" (4.5 cm) wide. It's the same one that you see in my blog header. I got this button about 4 years ago when I purchased an accordian-style sewing organizer at an estate sale. This is the perfect garment to highlight this button, and it makes me happy every time I look at it!
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I love the simple design.