This is my muslin for BWOF 10-2007-119, and I am trying to decide on button placement. The pattern calls for 6 buttons in front, like the top photo, and the bottom buttonhole is actually just an opening in a horizontal seam. There is a facing behind it, also with an opening in the horizontal seam, and you are supposed to hand stitch the opening. This seemed strange to me at first, but I did find this Paul and Joe Sister coat that also has a buttonhole in a horizontal seam, so I guess it's not so unusual.
I'm trying to decide if I want to have 8 buttons in front and just avoid the buttonhole-in-seam all together. I did take Susan Khalje's "Couture Hand Stitches" on Pattern Review, so I have info on how to hand stitch the buttonholes.
In order to "un-petite" the pattern, I compared my measurements to BWOF's petite chart measurements. I added just 1/2 inch length to the pattern pieces between the bust and waist, and 1/2" to the sleeves. Easy!
I added 1 inch to the collar height, but it's a little too tall, I'm going to remove 1/2 inch. Previously I had considered using the ruffled "statement" collar from Vogue 8438, but I decided against that. Instead, I am going to attempt to make a removable hood, using info provided in a November 2005 Threads article, "Build Lightweight Warmth into Coats." If I have enough fabric. More on that later.