So where do I start? With the pattern I think. For my test run I am using Burda 7934 view A, but will adapt this to look more like the Chanel jacket I posted about here and see pictures below. I purchased this pattern at one of the sewing shows, it was being promoted by a lady called Gill Arnold, who does a variety of tailoring course (I attended a couple with her). This came as a pack with chain (for inside the jacket) seam tape and interfacing too.
My first job was to cut out the pattern pieces (I really hate doing this) and press them before tissue fitting the pattern on myself. I follow the Palmer Pletsch method of tissue fitting, as it does get you a little nearer the correct size, albeit that the paper is not as fluid as fabric. I have cut out a size 14, however I normally need 12 for the top and 14 for the hips, but I will see how this pans out tomorrow.
Once I have have made any tissue adjustments, I will cut out a quick muslin to ensure that it fits ok. Normally I do a FBA and a sway back adjustment.