For the jacket, the pattern recommends using a knit or stretch woven. I chose to ignore this and, instead, used a woven rayon I purchased from Fabric.com early this summer. This fabric is a kind of a loose, rustic weave, reminiscent of a hopsack-type fabric. This particular piece (I ordered several different ones from the grouping) is a natural color, woven with a diamond pattern. I traced the pattern in a size extra-large, mostly because I wanted to be sure I had enough ease in the garment using a non-stretch fabric. As I kind of expected, I easily could have gone down a size and been fine--the loose weave of this fabric did not cause any issues with ease and even may have added extra ease, as it has a tendency to grow when worked with and worn.
(ETA--I totally forgot to mention that, when I traced the size XL, I made no fitting alterations and the only change I made was to add 5/8 of an inch seam allowance to the bottom of the Front and Front Facing pattern pieces so that I could make a clean finished edge next to the zipper in front.)
I wish I had used a better-looking zipper for this project. Something with metal teeth would have been a nicer look, but I was too impatient. A better zipper would have meant ordering from an on-line source--I copped out and purchased a regular nylon coil separating zipper from the local JoAnn's. It looks okay, but not as good as it could have. Overall I am very happy with this project and am pretty sure I will make this pattern up again. Well, the top/jacket at least. I've never been as enamored of the pants in this one as they're just not a good style for me. Here's my result for the top:
I paired this garment with a skirt from the Shapes Six Sense Skirt pattern. For the skirt, I used another of the rayon "hopsack" fabrics from Fabric.com, this time in a natural and black stripe:
I guess it's not the best photo for seeing the design lines of the skirt, but take my word for it that this skirt pattern is especially effective in a stripe.
Next up is a pair of pants in a natural linen using my TNT basic pants pattern that I've used for years. Then, I'm thinking of doing a small capsule wardrobe for autumn using some gold/brown fabrics I've collected. As I said, the crisp autumn weather always turns on my sewing juices, so I'm definitely feeling the urge to get into the sewing room!