You might have seen the jacket my boyfriend wore in this picture?
I made it! I'm not exactly used to sewing men's clothes, but when your boyfriend agrees to accompany you to a ball only if you sew something for him, what choice do you have? The things you do for love... *sigh* We soon decided to use a pattern I had already in my stash (McCall's 4745) and went fabric shopping. He chose the fabrics (outer and lining) as well as the buttons himself and I think he has excellent taste!
Unfortunately when I found out that I must have cut out the pattern before and misplaced it when the fabric was pre-washed and I wanted to start cutting. What a bummer! And of course it was already to late to buy another pattern from the Internet... Anyway, the jacket I sewed for him for last year's WGT (which I still haven't presented here because of a lack of decent pictures) fits him great and I thought with all the necessary changes in the pattern already made and some modifications it would work. So (I think I'll never learn), I decided to wing it!
It actually went pretty well. After the wash, the fabric lost a bit of it's body so I interlined it with polyester tulle. This makes it wash-able (unlike iron on interfacing) and breathy. I also used shoulder pads to give the jacket more structure. Unfortunately I made a mistake while sewing in the shoulder pads so a small part of them is not covered by lining. I still have to correct that... *blush*
The only part that needed major changes was the front and the neckline which was turned into a standing collar pretty easily. The front was draped directly on my boyfriend who endured a lot of needle pricking! I recently learned a trick to make the second line of buttons on a double-row jacket sit flush to the fabric: I made small buttonholes and sewed the buttons through these buttonholes to a ribbon. That way they sit flat against the fabric and don't move so much!
He wore it with pride after sewing on most of the buttons himself. I do love him, but when faced with hand sewing I tend too skip out whenever possible... ;)