This is something I made for my husband as a X'mas gift 2 years ago. It took me almost a year on and off to make it. First, it's a big man's coat with a lot of fabric, and I only had a small sewing desk. So it was really difficult to manuveour the fabric while sewing on a small surface. Second, my husband doesn't like to stand still and be fitted for an in-progress garment. So I started and stopped for a few times and finally took the plunge and finished it just before X'mas.
This is based on Vogue Men 1032 pattern (now out of print). I don't see a lot of coat patterns for men out there. I found this one in the cheapy bin when I was living in the UK for only £1.5. So I bought it without hesitation.
The pattern is rated as 'Advanced' so I was worried about making it because I'm not an advanced sewer now, not to mention 2 years ago! So for the first 2 months, I read the instructions, studied the pattern very carefully, and measured my husband many times before I started to cut the fabrics. I learned a lot and made my first welt pockets. When it was done, I was just happy that I didn't ruin the fabrics! :-)
The outer material is the same green wool flannel coating I used for my own knee length coat. The lining is some sort of a black quilted material to add warmth. I added a removable hood to his coat. But beacuse I didn't use a pattern for the hood, it's actually too big and I have to make a smaller one to replace it.
I'm glad that my hubby likes the coat and wears it almost every day in the winter.