I'm making progress!
I realised in my last post that I hadn't posted about the fabric choices for this.
I'm using a suiting (I think it's a poly but i didn't want a thick wool jacket as I still have last year's coat). It is a mess of fraying though - just as well the seams will be covered by a lining as I don't know what seam finish would cover up the fraying! Still a good learning for the future.
It's in my colour of the season, which is teal. You'll be seeing a lot of sewing in this colour over the next few months as it's a definite favourite!
The lining is a grey satin. I wish i had gone for my original choice of fuschia pink, but i was talked out of it by hubby! Still, the grey will look good.
Buttons are heavy silvery ones with a sort of worn finish.
Rather than lining with muslin as per the pattern, I am using sew-in interfacing. The muslin I could get was very lightweight and floppy and I didn't think it would give enough structure to the suiting.
I also made some practice bound buttonholes - this is the first step in the pattern (rather than machine buttonholes which are done at the end). For a first try, they don't look too bad!