I finished this jacket during my recent sewing retreat, except for the last few buttons which I was just too tired to do then. This past weekend I added those, stitched in my label, and voila, it's done.
As described before, the fabric is wool and organza by Carolina Herrera. The pattern calls for 1 and 5/8 yards of 60" fabric, but I purchased 2 yards so I could match the plaid at the seams, and I needed every inch of that 2 yards to successfully do that! The lining is Bemberg rayon. The interfacing is Pro-Weft fusible from Sew Exciting.
Notes on construction/alterations
I considered lengthening the sleeves on this jacket but in the end decided against it. I actually don't own any 3/4 sleeve jackets yet so I figured I'd see what they're all about.
This jacket pattern does not include pockets, and I forgot to add them. Just something to consider for others who want to make this up.
I bagged the lining, using the instructions in Cecelia Podolak's Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets, like I usually do. I don't know what I would do without that book!
I briefly considered bound buttonholes but since my machine buttonhole sample turned out so nice, I went with those instead.
I think this would be great in a solid color with a matching skirt to wear as a skirt suit, as suggested in the magazine. The shawl collar didn't turn out as large as I was expecting, perhaps it's because of how my thick fabric affects the turn of the cloth. If I were to make this again (which I would most certainly consider), I might redraft the shawl collar to be a bit wider.
I don't think this is a jacket that I'll wear often, the fabric is a little too delicate for that, but with the right outfit and in the right weather conditions, it'll be just the thing.