I muslined Mccalls 5759 last winter (March) and it sat around until this summer before I got it in fashion fabric. Then it sat again. Finally it can come off the dressform and into the closet.
I used a heavy wool, almost like a felt, that I bought from Frank for $15. I also purchased a meter of a fake fur/leather from C&M textiles when we were in Montreal last ($20). It is lined in a lime green bemberg ($8) I extended the band around the jacket to make it more substantial. I used snaps ($5) rather then buttons to let the band be unimpeded. I left out the pockets altogether. They were faux anyways. As others have pointed out, this is not a style of jacket that can be worn open because of the dramatic collar and the over lapping fronts.
I didn't love working with the faux material but it wasn't as onerous as I thought they might be. The jacket is surprisingly warm with the wool. I should have used kashi lining for the sleeves and that would have upped the cosiness factor.
Total Cost: $48