As I was making this up I didn't think I was going to like it. The sleeves are wider than I was expecting and a lot shorter (despite adding additional length) and I was worried that it wouldn't work very well with either my figure or my existing wardrobe. It was miserable on the day we took these photos hence the dark, slightly blurry indoor shots taken by my totally disinterested 11 year old.
Turns out I shouldn't have worried - it's incredibly versatile and very comfy and I'm surprised how often i'm wearing it!
This is Simplicity 2250 in a size 14. I added 1.5 inches in extra length to the sleeves and through the body.
I couldn't find an exact match for the bias binding, and I didn't want a contrast so I finished the edges with a narrow band (below).
This was made using leftovers from another project so I had to piece the band, but I think it has worked pretty well. I've also left off the shoulder pads and front self lining. This is possibly the most basic jacket anyone could make - it would be a great beginner project.
At the end of September I drew myself up a sewing plan for October - I was more than a little ambitious and have barely had time to get to my machines. I'm considering taking patterns and fabric in to work and using the boardroom table on my lunch break - does anyone else do this?