I, however, like to refer to my vests as waistcoats when I'm feeling especially British, because I love to speak the Queen's English whenever possible.
I spotted this black fabric at Unique for $3.99 and when I got it home, the moment I draped it over my mannequin, Siobhan, (that's her name), I envisioned a coat of some sort. Notice how it folds over mimicking a collar and lapels.
I used a vest, oops, I mean a waistcoat, that I already had as my pattern and just extended it to fall past my knees.
I would suggest that whenever you sew, use clothes that already fit as your patterns.
Just turn the piece of clothing inside out and lay it on your fabric, but make sure you cut an extra inch wider for the seam. This is called seam allowance.
Before I sewed the side seams, I sewed the shoulders together. But, when I did that I noticed it was too small and didn't close in the front.
So I added about a 3 inch width of fabric to each side. Remember this tip, it will come in handy for future projects. I've also learned that mistakes make for innovative designs. I hemmed the bottom and sewed the armholes.
This is me proudly wearing my waistcoat along with this feather bib that I made in this post.
I swear the bathroom on the second floor at my job has the best lighting.