VPLL certainly make a high-quality reproduction. The pattern comes in a heavy duty plastic ziplock bag; I ought to be able to stuff my tracings and notes and scraps into it.
I’m a little *meh* about the pattern, I’m not sure if it’s right. These little keys on patterns are ever so useful for divining cut and construction without pulling out the full sized pattern-
Apparently the front is cut the same way as the back, and I don’t think we have any darts. I suspect the diagonal seams are subtly shaped; check out the interesting built in gussets at the underarm. If they are not, I will shape them. On one hand, I wanted something more tailored to sharpen my skills further. On the other hand, I will start this just after the Greatcoat, it might be a welcome relief.
I had the thought to cut the back yoke on the bias, perhaps I’ll also cut the front the same way? If I do that, I think I would cut the yoke from a lightweight, tightly woven fabric on the straight of grain and interline the bias to prevent stretching. I’m not overly worried about matching the windowpane checks, Steam a Seam greatly facilitates matching.
Perhaps I could pipe the seams? Some of them? Ooh la la, maybe a little double piping, a la Kenneth King? See, I’m already making this too hard.
As I thought it might, this coat has 1930’s style ultra-brief instructions:
I am not even kidding, the final third of the instructions is a column of text on the next page. I still have major misgivings this will turn out like a dressing gown. I think I’ll muslin in the next week or so, just to see how it feels to work with the pattern. I can use the muslin as an actual dressing gown.
By the way, I’m terribly pleased with the hat. When I cut husband’s coat, I’ll slap the hat pieces onto the wool and make it up. Looks like a pleasant afternoon of sewing. Famous last words, I’m sure.