My dotty buttons arrived really quickly, so tonight's dinner was postponed while I made the buttonholes!
It proved to be a real challenge to photograph a black jacket in the evening sunlight.
And I ought to have slapped on some lipstick and smarter trousers. Ah well!
Jacket R from "Sweet Black", a Japanese pattern book, ISBN 978-4-309-280-417 which I bought from Pomadour's shop at Ebay - she is also on Etsy.
I made size M, the second size.
The black sanded cotton fabric is from Croft Mill, with dotty polyester lining from Favourite Fabrics (Ebay) and dotty buttons from... Ebay.
The pattern was well-drafted and fits me well without any alterations.
The instructions were in Japanese but the diagrams were clear enough to follow.
I decided to attach the sleeve linings at the cuff by machine and then pull them through to the inside, before hand-stitching the rest of the lining in place.
Most of the seams are double-row-top-stitched, which got through an awful lot of thread!
Would I use the pattern again? Definitely. It was straightforward sewing and a simple classic style which will go with most things
Verdict? I am very happy with it. It will be a good wardrobe staple for work, with that dotty subversive twist to keep me smiling on the inside!