I love this pattern! It has been in my stash for a few years now.... I continued to put it on the back burner because I wasn't sure how the details in the jacket would translate after the FBA. Thanks to Palmer/Pletsch DVDs, I continue to grow in my confidence in making the alteration.
The fabric suggestion is for a shantung; however, I selected a "blue red" gabardine-like polyester twill weave(???...I may be making this up--I don't know what it is ;-). Anyway, I love the fabric. It's darker than the pic indicates...almost a rich crimson or burgundy--great for the fall season.