Finally, this project was a LOT more difficult than I expected.
This year they also have another evening star-ish vest on their Fall line right now:
Again, getting the collar to turn was even a bear. I see how coats can be difficult now. Some notes:
the Pendleton Woolen Mills Store in Portland is fantastic. It turned out I made some errors in my cuts -- not a problem -- they sent me (via phone and email) their last yard (lucky!). Also, they suggested felt as a binding (they have in stock). I love it but ended up not going with the felt binding as the pattern I think is too busy. I can always add it later. Plus my execution on binding, based on my past record, is sketchy.
I think turning blanket type of fabric into a garment is tough - there is a reason the cost for Pendleton is high -- it really takes industrial machines to get a professional finish in a thick garment. I really worked and steamed this garment. That said I'm very happy with it. I might have made it a bit too fitted, but I can live with that. Whew! I was going to make a second one -- but now I am going on to my next project.
Have you made any Pendleton items?