I cut out my pattern pieces and fabric over the long holiday weekend. I had to do some shortening of the pattern, but that was it. The satin was tough to cut out because it shifts and stretches easily. I started sewing the jacket together in apparel construction class last night and got as far as putting the fronts, backs, and pockets together. So far, so good. I also learned a fabulous tip in class calling "kissing the sleeve." More on that later, with pictures.