What I have left to do is:
- Get three buttonholes put in professionally (or sew on some snap buttons) and sew the buttons on
- Unpick the lining hem and re-attach it so that the back pleat doesn't sag funny
- Re-do the sleeve hems because the sleeve lining is way too long
I'm not thoroughly happy with this coat though:
- the back pleat doesn't sit right when it's on, though it looks fine on the hanger
- Most of the plaids don't match up from bodice part to skirt part
- the skirt part really sticks out
- the fabric is a little bit distorted, maybe because I machine-washed and line-dried it prior to cutting
- I'm not sure this style and pattern is very flattering on me
So anyway, do I spend the extra time and money on finishing it, or is it a dead loss?
It's not all bad though - I have learned enough that, if I were to make this coat again, the end result would be much more satisfactory (though I reckon I could find a more flattering style).
- stay away from any fabric that has obvious must-match pattern on it
- don't use fabric that is super-frayable and super-duper-snaggable (it makes unpicking really really hard, and the floor really really messy)
- be careful putting in that back pleat, and don't be in a hurry to undo the tacking that keeps it in place
- don't machine-washing a loosely-woven cotton tweedy fabric in the hope that it will tighten the weave.
- If you don't look good in high necklines, just accept the fact that you need to wear a scarf with that coat - then go out and buy a really nice one.