I’ve made this coat at least 8 times, for myself, my mother and my sister. The multi-sized pattern allowed me to grade the pattern for each of our very differently shaped bodies. I’ve used soft shell, fleece, stretch corduroy with a smooth bonded backing and some sort of stretch foiled mystery fabric with a lace overlay. They all turned out beautifully. I’ve made the regular length but I’ve also shortened that pattern to what used to be called car coat length. I can’t say enough good things about this pattern.