I finally finished the shell of my jacket this weekend. Thanks to everyone who left a comment— I did raise the waistline a little following your suggestions. There's been so much to do— making the pockets, putting in the zipper— then I decided I wanted more of an outdoor jacket so I interlined it with cotton flannel. I still have to make and insert the lining. I think I'll just do that by machine although I did sew the collar facing down by hand.