What advice would you give someone starting this project? Enjoy yourself! I used a Jalie pattern for the jacket because I loved the pleating at the shoulders and the collar. I basted the jacket together to make sure of fit before stitching and made some pretty major alterations. The arms seemed extremely tight fitting and I wanted them looser and the collar would have been four layers had I followed the pattern, so I cut that in half and only have two layers. I am very pleased with the way it turned out and will make it again.