So. The bad news is that my Gertie coat didn't win. I did get 22 points out of 25, and this was a first-place only contest. Still. I feel rather good about it. If I had made bound buttonholes and used narrower horsehair braid and woven bias interfacing on the collar, I could have taken home the prize. That's what the judges wrote. Oh, well. Live and learn, as some sage once said.
Here's the jacket that won. Chanel-style. Complete with chain sewn on the lining inside.