Being only a teenager at the time, I was quite a bit smaller then, so the only college mannequin it fitted was a ladies size 10!
The coat is technically a frock coat, but the waistline seam only goes from above the pockets, stopping short of the front panels.
It also has the most unique lapel design, with the roll-line extending right down to the hemline – something I have never really seen before or since, and something about its design that inspired me to make my own back in 1985.
Below this is then the back tail and the back half of the skirt.
This is the real tricky bit, but luckily the grid-like design of the tartan helps me with understanding their true shapes, and opening out a couple of important darts that help create the shaping of the front isn’t as bad as I feared, once I had got my mind around it (see right).
I wasn’t sure how to distinguish the front panel from the lapel, but again once it was on paper it all fell into place.
The sleeves will be drafted separately and I will work the collar later once I know the body of the coat is working okay.
What I need to do next is extract a pattern from the block, adding my seam allowances as I go, and I can then start making up a calico test to check it all still works.