Tailoring, or basic coat-making, is not as hard as I thought it would be. I doubt I could make a complicated man's tailored jacket or anything, but making this coat, shoulder pads and interfacing and all, was not too bad step-by-step.
I used McCall's 5525.
I had some really nice quality pink wool that my mom got at the thrift store. That really helped. It was quite a project, more pieces than I'd like to work with, but I think it would be fun to do this again with a cotton canvas in a cute color for spring.