Fabric in hand, it’s time to pull out the pattern and get down to business. My pattern has sizes S – XL , a size chart and figures of a man showing chest, waist, arm and height. Using my handy dandy dashboard converter I find that the chest measurement for Size M (which I consider myself to be) is only 35″ – 37″. Yikes! I will have to go all the way to Size XL ( 38″ – 40″ chest) to get even close to my 40″ chest measurement. Clearly I’m going to have to learn how to alter a pattern if this coat is ever to fit me. I will start by making the basic pattern pieces using the XL lines, sew up a muslin and see just how SMALL this coat is going to be. Wish me luck!