Ooh yay, I made a coat! This was my first coat, first fully lined garment, and I felt like it was a bit of a milestone - proving to myself how I'm improving in my dressmaking skills. I used Simplicity 2812 and it was pretty straight-forward, apart from the way they advised you to attach the lining to the coat at the end. I ignored those instructions and followed the advice of a very experienced friend instead.
Also, according to the pattern measurements I'm a size 12 - I made the coat in a size 6 (after doing a calico mock-up!) and it fits perfectly. The only part of the pattern sizing I changed was to increase the width of the sleeves - I want to be able to wear bulky jumpers under this!. Good ol' Simplicity sizing. Oh, and I had to shorten the sleeves a bit.
One addition I made was I added inside pockets. The pockets on the outside of the coat are pretty shallow - If I was doing it again I'd make them deeper. I also increased the length of the pleat on the sleeve cuff - I like the way it makes the cuff narrower, but I preferred the look of it when it went further up the forearm (check out the pattern drawing on the Simplicity site if you're interested).
I know the photos make the fabric look quite pink in colour but in reality it's red. The lining is black satin. I got brave and used a multi-coloured thread for the machine embroidery on the collar, pocket welts and sleeves. I used that thread for the buttonholes as well.
The inside pockets will have little buttons eventually. I'm trying to get mini versions of the ones I've used on the outside. I believe the buttons are made of shell - aren't they stunning?!
Oh, and I made the mini-coat length. I'm 5' so it comes to my knees instead of to mid-thigh
Comments and criticism very much appreciated... Thanks for looking!