I don't have enough fabric to make the entire jacket out of the dotty fabric, the collar is really big. So I've gotten some winter white wool for the collar, which will look better anyway I think. But since I want to reshape the collar, I thought I would make up the jacket without the collar and then make a muslin or two to work out the collar before cutting into the wool.
This is an unlined jacket so I plan to use a Hong Kong finish on all the seams so it will look nice inside when I take it off. So, after I cut out the back, sleeves and two different fronts, I will put Hong Kong finishes on the shoulder seams before I sew them.
But, this is much better than way too small. I said that I was following my mother's advice to cut things large, if unsure. But the funny thing is I think I will be cutting off what I added on. And even though I moved the sleeve seam up 2 inches from where the pattern had it, it is still too low, in my opinion.