Added Feb 13, 2013
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There are not many modifications you need to make to the original pattern. Trace the front panel and then extend it from the centre to create the flap. The neckline should curve smoothly into the top of the extension. On mine, I extended it by more at the top than the bottom. You will also need to make another piece the size of this extension (separately) for the outer flap facing. You should also square off the bottom of the front and back so that the jacket will fall to the same level all the way round.
I dropped the neckline slightly to allow for the fact that it would be worn over other clothing, and this required slightly lengthening the collar and collar band pieces. I also squared the collar band and lengthened the collar so it would go straight up without the curve seen on the shirt.
If you want to, you can alter the shape of the yoke. I made it into a V, but bear in mind this will make it a little harder to sew on.
You will not need the cuffs or the placket or the pockets and flaps, but you will want to slightly lengthen the sleeves and create a pointed strip for the cuff decoration.
So before you start, you should have the following pattern pieces:
Back, Front, Sleeve, Collar Band, Collar, Flap Extension, Cuff Decoration, Yoke
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